Braemar Gallery - world's first installation with Xicato XIM BLE LEDs
Smart lighting affords many opportunities for gallery lighting including simple (re)commissioning from a tablet; visitor interaction via beacon based data streaming, energy saving via interfacing with sensors and maintenance saving via continuous alerts on the ‘health’ of the LED modules. Installation costs are low with no control wiring, specialist dimming drivers or control masters being necessary.
The very first project to be installed with Xicato’s Intelligent modules, in September 2016, was indeed a gallery: The Braemar Gallery in The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre near Sydney. The Lighting Designer involved in this project was Phil Regan.
The luminaires were 908 Series Track Spotlights manufactured by 3S Lighting.
"Primarily the expectation for the Xicato light source was to illuminate the artwork with an outstanding colour balance and renowned light output throughout life.
Balancing the intensities of light on the artwork was previously done by increasing or decreasing the distance the light was projected to the works.
The dimmable range and the ease with which that intensity level is achievable with this XIM Gen4 LED driver/lamp combination gives me the flexibility now to correctly model and balance the artworks lighting to the satisfaction of demanding curators and the artists alike.
Commissioning track spots per picture took a fraction of the time than the previous situation with no ladders and no manual pots involved. The possibility of data streaming via the lights gives a complete new interactive dimension which with the minimum of fuss can be updated such that our visitors are always aware of links between our artworks and local events for example. Impressed”.
“When Phil approached us to offer a solution which had to work with the existing 3 circuit track, but at the same time be able to address spot lights individually, and give easy controls, the Xicato XIM Gen4 LED module was the obvious choice.
The Artist quality of the LED modules, immediately after installing first of the 3 gallery spaces, brought the wow factor in comparison to the old installation. The art works and the interior (timber floors) of the gallery came alive under the new light. We are excited and impressed about this high quality product and all the possibilities the new Gen4 XIM module offers.”
Opened in 1988, Braemar Gallery, which is located in Braemar House, functions as a community gallery, hosting changing exhibitions that showcase works of local and regional artists. Situated in beautiful historic Braemar House, the gallery is a valuable community venue. Braemar has a particular interest in displaying works by local artists. Over time, the gallery has become well known for high standard art works of various mediums.
Phil Regan programming XIM BLE Track spotlight with a tablet computer - easy!