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SGM LD-5 chosen for Walkabout

SGM’s compact LD-5 light domes are increasingly finding favour in some of the UK’s key late night entertainment venues.

Having been plunged into paper lanterns for Wonderland in Maidstone, and featured in a giant immersive display at Sanctuary in Glasgow, they are now being put to equally innovative use by installation specialist Sound Power Director David Ridout as a standard fit in the large Australian outback themed Walkabout Inns.

These LED domes, with an outer diameter of just 80mm, can be used in any orientation, with a maximum number of 35 domes in a single chain. They can also be custom designed to fit any housing, and are controlled via three-channel DMX.

Operated by Intertain since 2009, Walkabout Inns are using the LD-5s in a more chameleon role. David has specified large quantities of the LD-5’s in a number of venues over the past six months - beginning at the refurbished Walkabout in Carlisle, used by day as a soft pink and white wipe and 3D pixel mapped during night time trading to create an entirely different ambience.

Sound Power has also provided similar solutions in several other sites, including the recently refurbished Blackpool site.

The Sound Power director explained: “Walkabout wanted to replace the old halogen downlighter because of the prohibitive running and maintenance costs. They wanted a fitting that could act as ambient light during the day, transforming into a night time vibe via a series of light rafts. These we populate with the LD-5s.”

The LD-5’s have the additional benefit of introducing an aesthetic dimension. “The original Walkabout concept was for a themed rustic outback environment under a corrugated iron roof. But this became dated over time and the client wanted to soften the environment right down. It’s about moving the concept along.”

The light shows themselves are driven from a ShowCAD Artist, with ELO touch screen and DMX expanders, programmed by Greg McLenahan. These are then driven by Madrix, programmed by Dan Kirby, to create pixel mapping, scripting, sound to light and text effects. There are three separate settings on the master ShowCAD controller for different trading times. Once the DJ has left, the ShowCAD clock will reset the system for the following day and recall the Madrix states which run on a separate PC.

“It’s a highly dynamic and versatile solution and Intertain are very happy with it,” summarised David.





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