2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of Color Kinetics, and to commemorate this special event, we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane and looking back at 20 Color Kinetics projects that we’ve completed. We’ll also review some the technologies and innovations that they’ve developed, along with some of their latest solutions.

We’ll begin with our first large project.

Moonscape (2003)
In 2003, Architainment Lighting completed its  first large installation using Philips Color Kinetics LED lighting.

Collaborating with Arup and Lighting Technology Projects (LTP), Architainment Lighting worked to create ‘Moonscape’, an installation running along Plantation Lane, between Mincing Lane and Rood Lane, near London Liverpool Street and the city’s financial quarter.

Moonscape is fundamentally a large rectangular light box comprising a thick glass front with ColorBlast 12 fittings positioned behind it, running along both the top and bottom of the screen. It spans the length of Plantation Lane, creating an intimate feel for workers from Plantation Place, who use the walkway daily.

A photograph of the moon has been printed on the glass, and the silhouette of the moon’s surface is then illuminated in reds, greens, blues and purples by the ColorBlast 12 fittings tucked beneath the glass.

Next is one of the most iconic structures on the London skyline.

The London Eye (2005)
Architainment Lighting Ltd supplied approximately 640 units of the Philips Color Kinetics ColorCast 14 to illuminate the London Eye, one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is one of the world’s largest observation wheels at almost 450 feet (135 m) high, and visited by more than 10,000 people daily. The London Eye has since been updated in line with technological developments, utilising the ColorGraze QLX fittings.

It was previously lit by fluorescent tubes that proved costly to maintain, and required manually installed gels to produce coloured light for special events. Architainment was approached to replace this archaic system with an LED-based alternative, with Lighting Technology Projects managing the installation and programming. Each fitting of ColorGraze QLX can be individually programmed to generate millions of colours that are seamlessly produced by Chromacore technology, as opposed to the use of coloured gels. This technology gives the London Eye the cost-effective ability to display accurate colours for corporate clients and special occasions and is visible from more than a mile away.

The London Eye’s ColorGraze QLX units integrate seamlessly with two Pharos LPC2controllers, enabling the creation of dynamic light shows on demand.

Product or Technology Focus
In this section, we focus on a current product or technology.

Optibin – Colour Consistency for Colour and White Light LEDs
Optibin begins the colour consistency process by grouping (or binning) LEDs by flux as well as centre wavelength. Philips Color Kinetics chooses a combination of these two key measurements to achieve the highest consistency possible. In large installations, Optibin ensures colour consistency, no matter what the date or bin codes of the LED fixtures. And with Optibin, customers do not need to track manufacturing or binning codes for their job. Ensuring reliable colour consistency over time is especially important for phased installations where fixtures are purchased and installed at different times, for expansion and multi-site installations, and for colour-matching replacement fixtures in case of fixture failure.

Optibin uses proprietary algorithms to ensure colour consistency from fixture to fixture, as well as from manufacturing run to manufacturing run. The Optibin process is applied each time Philips Color Kinetics selects bins of LED sources for purchase from its suppliers. The Optibin process is also applied each time manufacturing builds a run of fixtures, to determine the placement of LED sources within those fixtures to maintain optimal colour consistency. By purchasing and intelligently combining tightly specified LED sources from a range of manufacturing bins, Optibin guarantees the availability of LED sources with the correct colour attributes, as well as their proper deployment, throughout the lifecycle of the lighting fixtures that use them.

Learn more about Optibin by downloading the brochure here.

Two more projects will follow in our next post.