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Painting With Light Designs Lighting Scheme for Plopsa Theatre

Creative lighting practice Painting With Light has designed a complete bespoke interior, exterior, foyer and house lighting scheme and control for the brand new luxury Plopsa Theatre, located at the Plopsaland de Panne business centre in Belgium.

PWL also engaged in a consultancy role for the stage lighting specification and installation, and has a relationship with the park and its operators.

The striking Plopsa Theatre foyer which occupies 13,000 square metres with over 12 metres of headroom is also used as a multi-purpose event space to accommodate anything from gala dinners to special presentations. 

Luc Peumans and his team from PWL devised eight fabulous giant crystal chandeliers, which take on a scenic as well as a functional role in the space. 

They are each 3 metres tall and flown in the ceiling. They were co-designed by Luc and manufactured in China to their spec, each containing over 100 incandescent bulbs.

Also inbuilt into the celling of the foyer are 64 RGB LED down-lighters to complement the warm glow and shimmering effects emanating from the chandeliers. Both types of foyer mood lighting have been a huge hit with guests attending evening events and gala occasions!

In the theatre auditorium the PWL team specified a fully LED solution using around 90 Compact PAR Tri 7 fixtures from Dutch manufacturer, Showtec. 

The auditorium stair treads are also all fitted with LED ‘nose’ strips as part of the creative lighting - primarily for safety - but these also happen to look very cool.

The whole design concept was developed. Luc explained: “To maximise the ‘multi-purpose’ nature of the building and its public spaces, and with adaptable control so lights can be changed for theming purposes or to suit client requests or special occasions."

For control, a Pharos TPC system was chosen with a DALI interface to enable the conventional lighting in the foyer - 60 Iguzzinni LED down lighters - to be integrated with the chandeliers and ceiling LED fixtures

Programming was completed by PWL’s Geert Moors.





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