LITdESIGN STUDIO https://litdesignstudio.com Design. Spec. Build. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:37:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://litdesignstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/cropped-lit-design-studio-favicon-32x32.png LITdESIGN STUDIO https://litdesignstudio.com 32 32 LIGHTfaktor’s Atolla Chandelier for Top Golf https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktors-atolla-chandelier-for-top-golf https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktors-atolla-chandelier-for-top-golf#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:26:45 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/?p=1112 Read the full article here. View the project details here. This decorative chandelier located in the lobby stairwell of Top Golf Flagship in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand, consist of 26 suspended LED Rings (white light LED’s) with 17 strands of RGB LED pixel hanging through the LED rings. The fixture is over […]

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This decorative chandelier located in the lobby stairwell of Top Golf Flagship in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand, consist of 26 suspended LED Rings (white light LED’s) with 17 strands of RGB LED pixel hanging through the LED rings. The fixture is over 32 feet tall and is meant to provide more than just ambient lighting, as its equipped with 5 motion sensing sonar cameras and a direct audio feed, making it capable of interactive motion and audio effects. The fixture and system was designed by Wes Lane and fabricated by his team at LIGHTfaktor. TouchDesigner programming and sensor integration was handled by team member Daniel Schafer.

Photo credit (all photos): Topher Adam Photography

The fixture uses 6 universes of DMX and is controlled via Artnet by a remote rack mount server running a combination of TouchDesigner and Madrix. Madrix controls the pixels and the audio animation of the pixels. TouchDesigner interfaces with the sonar sensors, audio, and controls the performance of LED rings as well as the audio and motion response effects of the rings. Through midi commands, TouchDesigner tells Madrix how to respond to motion data collected from the sonar sensors. The fixture has user selectable modes of operation, accessed via iPad, using the TouchOSC app. Basically we give the user the ability to control both the pixels and the rings by triggering cue list and scenes.

The cuelist are differentiated by the type of cues they contain. There are three basic types:
Ambient – ambient color effects (pixels) / static and subtle fades (rings)
Sound – audio responsive color and pixel animation effects (pixels) / audio responsive sweeps, pulsing, and fading of the 4 zones of rings
Motion – motion sensing people detection of the 5 sonar cameras allows motion responsive pixel effects (pixels) / motion responsive pulsing, and fading of the 4 zones of rings

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TECH SPECS:
Fixture Dimensions: 60″ wide x 32′ tall
Canopy:
Frame – Stainless Steel Square Pipe
Canopy Cover – aluminum w/ brushed silver finish SUSPENDED LED RINGS:
LED Rings – aluminum with brushed anodized finish w/ acrylic diffuser LED Rings in 2 sizes:
1500mm rings – qty 10
1000mm rings – qty16,
3528 SMD Osram strips 3000k
Powered by 4 Meanwell drivers -HLG-240H-24A
17 STRANDS LED Golf Ball Pixels
LED 50mm Golf Ball Pixels – DC15V input, 4SMD 5050 leds, MAX 0.9W, Max 41
units as a string, pitch=240mm, clear housing, milky white cable
8 strands @ 40 pixels
9 strands @ 41 pixels
Powered by 5 Meanwell drivers -HLG-185H-15A
Sensors:
5 x I2CXL-MaxSonar®- EZTM Series High Performance Sonar Rangefinder MB1212 – Wide and sensitive beam pattern, motion sensing people detection
2 x OSEPP Uno R3 Plus Board – 8-bit AVR RISC-based microcontroller running at 16 MHz
Hardware:
MADRIX LUNA 8 – Artnet Node /8x DMX-OUT
19″ 2U Rackmount PC – Intel® 6th Gen Core i7/i5/i3, 2.70GHz Intel Core i5-6400 ‘Skylake’ Processor with 4 cores, 6MB of Intel® Smart Cache, and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology (up to 3.60GHz) – 65W TDP, H110 Chipset; 8GB DDR4 2133MHz Non-ECC RAM (2 x 4GB DIMMs), Nvidia GT720 Video Card, 1TB Western Digital 3.5″ SATA3 HDD 7200 RPM, LAN, VGA + DVI-D + HDMI Video, 12 x USB*
Software:
MADRIX BASIC SOFTWARE LICENSE – Pixel mapping and effect generator
TouchDesigner 088

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Beauty Unveiled 2015 https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company-2-2 https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company-2-2#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:18:41 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company-2-2/ LIGHTfaktor Shines at Hospice Austin's Beauty Unveiled 2015 - Joins creative director and CFDA award-winning jewelry designer, Nak Armstrong. LIGHTfaktor worked closely with Armstrong to achieve his lighting vision for the event.

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AUSTIN, TX – December 18, 2015 –Austin, TX based lighting design firm, LIGHTfaktor, was in good company at this year’s Beauty Unveiled, held at Fair Market. Benefiting Hospice Austin, a nonprofit that provides end-of-life care, Beauty Unveiled has become one of Austin’s most anticipated and memorable annual events. Under the creative direction of CFDA award-winning designer Nak Armstrong, some of the city’s finest creative minds joined forces to bring guests a sensory extravaganza.

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TALzine https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company-2 https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company-2#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2015 03:17:53 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company-2/ Nowadays, the kitchen is the centrepiece of the house and, as such, lighting in this room is hugely important. Lighting must be practical and efficient but it should also create the right atmosphere and that’s why in the kitchen one always works with a combination of several types of lighting.

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TALzine kitchen special

TAL explains how kitchen lighting is best approached.

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Nowadays, the kitchen is the centrepiece of the house and, as such, lighting in this room is hugely important. Lighting must be practical and efficient but it should also create the right atmosphere and that’s why in the kitchen one always works with a combination of several types of lighting. In a nutshell: solid general lighting forms the basis and supports the general atmosphere. This basic lighting is complemented by accent lighting to highlight extra details or certain areas and to complete the design, you can choose some extra mood lighting.

Open kitchens are very trendy nowadays and need additional requirements to the kitchen lighting. In this type of kitchen, lighting should ensure that the kitchen blends harmoniously into the rest of the house. The purpose should be to turn the kitchen into an inviting, cosy place to be.

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Lightfaktor Breathes Light into the Vulcan Gas Company https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-breathes-light-into-the-vulcan-gas-company#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:33:45 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/?p=380 Wes Lane sits down with Debi Moen to discuss the transformation of Austin’s storied Vulcan Gas Company and how LIGHTfaktor’s lighting design helped create a sense of a living, breathing space.

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Wes Lane sits down with Debi Moen to discuss the transformation of Austin’s storied Vulcan Gas Company and how LIGHTfaktor’s lighting design helped create a sense of a living, breathing space.

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The design firm gave the latest incarnation of the Austin nightspot changeable hues and a steampunk vibe.

The walls are breathing with embedded LED columns floor to ceiling, an ebb and flow of color saturation fully controllable and synched to the music. The lighting rig, on trusses in the center of the room, pumps like a giant heart, churning out organic fluid-motion digital images and 3-D shapes flipping and spinning in space.

It’s Saturday night in Austin, Texas, and the nightlife comes alive at the Vulcan Gas Company. The club, opened two years ago on the musical mecca that is Sixth Street, was tagged with various honors including #1 Best Club Lighting in the 2015 Austin Chronicle Music Poll and third place for Best New Club in the Austin Music Industry Awards.

The club’s namesake is the long-gone 1960s-era psychedelic club, where light shows and trippy music were the main attraction. There’s no connection aside from the new club owners wanting to emulate the old vibe.

Austin-based Lightfaktor is responsible for the atmosphere of the place, making the walls breathe and the dance floor pump. They handled the architectural lighting design, custom fixture design and fabrication, automated lighting system design and programming as well as truss, power and data distribution design and installation.

The club encompasses 9,500 square feet on two levels with a 658-person standing room capacity. Because it also hosts private events and product branding launches, the Vulcan offers a green room, catering room, two bars and an outdoor terrace.

The entire space takes on a Steampunk decor. As accents, Lightfaktor created rustic lighting elements to gently illuminate the bar and the leather-couched seating areas. But the bulk of the lighting focuses on the hip hop/EDM music performed by touring artists and DJs.

High End Systems products are the main feature in a moveable truss system above the dance floor. Four SolaWash 19 LED fixtures pan and tilt their solid LED color washes, while four DLV digital moving lights project aerial imagery and 3-D digital gobos throughout the space. Two Le Maitre hazers enhance the beams, while a Road Hog 4 console controls it all.

The custom wall-embedded LED pixel columns each feature 340 individually addressable RGB-LEDs, controlled with a Madrix Pro audio responsive LED pixel control.

The projection system features Digital Projection E-Vision (1080P-8000 lumen single-chip DLP projector), a Da-Lite Large Cosmopolitan Electrol front projection screen (106 inches x 188 inches), and an HD AV Switcher with HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs.

›› An Emotional Response
“Good lighting is all about setting the mood and getting the correct emotional response,” said Lightfaktor’s lead designer and founder Wes Lane. “Most people don’t notice lighting, but they can feel it when it doesn’t feel right. Sometimes places feel fat and boring. They don’t know it was the lighting that caused it.”

Lightfaktor is out to transform that environment, to elicit the correct emotional response. “The Vulcan comes alive,” Lane says. “There are pixels embedded in the walls, and the place lives and breathes. When it is pumping in there, you feel the vibe, not just from the bass but from the columns in the walls, which are audio responsive. It is interactive. We used a suite of High End Systems products including DLV digital moving projectors to add an extra dimension to the user experience. We are able to project onto the stage, crowd and walls allowing us to use the whole venue as a palette. There’s camera feedback, sensors, especially on the dance floor – people love to see themselves dance, but if you can add cool features that give people that feeling and it looks cool for everyone else, we like that kind of stuff.”

Wes Lane’s first foray into business was with his custom lighting company, Solux Design, started in 2000. In 2006, he re-imagined it and created Lightfaktor, a lighting design and custom fabrication company.

Their specialty is the “lifestyle” market of hotels, retail spaces, nightclubs, hospitality design projects, restaurants and themed environments.

“Lifestyle environments are where you experience something you couldn’t experience at home,” he explains. “The lifestyle hotels are created to feel like an experience from the food to furniture to atmosphere.”

Lane says they can handle general hotel lighting, and at the same time, enjoy adding the special “wow” factor through LEDs, video projection and mapping, lighting control integration and programming, custom content creation and custom fixtures.

When one enters such an environment that appeals to the senses, Lane says, “You remember cool things that were dynamic or changing, or maybe they were interactive. We are heavily focused on media facades and dynamic interactive pieces. That is where we are headed.”

›› Archi-tainment
Lightfaktor’s company highlights include clubs in Las Vegas, Miami and Dallas, and a downtown entertainment district now undergoing revitalization in Laredo, Texas. Lightfaktor also has designed Austin’s F1 Race parties for the past three years, giving them their branding look.

Lane refers to his past years of designing architectural fixtures at Solux Design. When it comes to full-filling the need for “the best lighting possible,” his current mission statement still applies: “To bridge the gap between architectural and entertainment lighting.”

It’s still a challenge, he says. “You barely had color on buildings back in 2000. Even now, I am also trying to push people into color changing in their landscape.”

What are the challenges of installations? “Control systems,” Lane points out. “Most installs will be through an electrical contractor, but we have learned to step in at certain points and take over the installation so we can keep the frustration levels down. There’s frustration of people not understanding the new technology, and what it takes and costs to install it. From final wiring of control systems to maintenance, it can get complicated, especially when mixing architectural and entertainment lighting and trying to create a cohesive system.”

Lane offers an example. “Most clubs have a lighting guy design the dance floor and an unrelated guy designing the architectural lights over the bar, and it is not tied together or cohesive,” Lane says. “We like to tie it all together. At the Vulcan, I can black out the whole club from home if I wanted to. I can correct things on the DLVs, the pixel columns, even the house lights. So the club can call me and tell me they need a special look, and I could do it from home. To have the technology to do that is basic, but most places are not doing it.”

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LIGHTfaktor Club 8 build featured in mondo*dr Magazine https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-featured-in https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-featured-in#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:13:17 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/?p=374 LIGHTFaktor was again featured in an article by mondo*dr, international technology and entertainment magazine, about LIGHTfaktor’s lighting design build at Club 8 inside of the Night Hotel in Dallas, TX.

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LIGHTFaktor was again featured in an article by mondo*dr, international technology and entertainment magazine, about LIGHTfaktor’s lighting design build at Club 8 inside of the Night Hotel in Dallas, TX.

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LIGHTfaktor Vulcan’s designs featured in mondo*dr https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-vulcans-designs-featured-in-mondodr https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-vulcans-designs-featured-in-mondodr#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:01:27 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/?p=372 LIGHTfaktor was featured in an article by mondo*dr, an international technology and entertainment magazine, about our lighting design build at Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, TX.

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LIGHTfaktor was featured in an article by mondo*dr, an international technology and entertainment magazine, about our lighting design build at Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, TX.

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Best Club Lighting in Austin, TX – Lightfaktor Wins Austin Music Industry Award https://litdesignstudio.com/best-club-lighting-in-austin-tx-lightfaktor-lighting-design-build-wins-austin-music-industry-award https://litdesignstudio.com/best-club-lighting-in-austin-tx-lightfaktor-lighting-design-build-wins-austin-music-industry-award#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:18:28 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/?p=377 LIGHTfaktor’s lighting design build at Vulcan Gas Company was awarded best club lighting in Austin, TX by voters during the 33rd annual Austin Chronicle Music Poll.

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LIGHTfaktor’s lighting design build at Vulcan Gas Company was awarded best club lighting in Austin, TX by voters during the 33rd annual Austin Chronicle Music Poll.

Lightfaktor, LLC, an Austin, TX based lighting design firm, announced that its lighting design-build installation at Vulcan Gas Company has received the Austin Chronicle’s award for Best Club Lighting. Vulcan Gas Company was also awarded third place for Best New Club as a part of the Austin Music Industry Awards. This year, the Chronicle has included the Austin Music Industry Awards as an addition to the 33rd annual Austin Chronicle Music Poll, which awards honors for categories such as Musician of the Year and Album of the Year. The additional category is meant to recognize the talent behind the scenes that supports the vibrant Austin music industry.

“We have been sure to keep Lightfaktor at the absolute bleeding edge of technology and design, so we knew we could deliver when Vulcan’s ownership came to us with the simple request; ‘we want the best lighting possible,’ ” said Wes Lane, Lightfaktor’s lead designer and founder. “We used a suite of High End Systems products including DLV digital moving projectors to add an extra dimension to the user experience. We are able to project onto the stage, crowd and walls allowing us to use the whole venue as a palette,” he said. “We are confident in the capability and quality of our work, but it’s always nice to receive recognition from the community.”

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“Lightfaktor is about creating an emotional response through the use of light, and as something that is often overlooked, we were thrilled to work with clients that shared our passion for impeccable lighting,” said Sushanta Parikh, Lightfaktor’s business development director. “We have done our fair share of large club lighting design projects in cities such as Miami, Las Vegas and Dallas, but with the boom we’re experiencing here in Austin, it’s great to work with venues in our back yard that understand the quality effect that top tier lighting can bring to their environment.”

At Vulcan, Lightfaktor was responsible for architectural lighting design, custom fixture design and fabrication, automated lighting system design and programming, as well as truss, power and data distribution design and installation.

Included in the award winning lighting design and installation was a moveable truss system fitted with High End Systems DLVs, High End Systems LED Sola Washes, High End Systems HOG 4 control, Madrix Pro audio responsive LED pixel control, and custom wall-imbedded LED pixel columns each with 340 individually addressable RGB-LEDs.

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LIGHTfaktor featured in High End Systems https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-featured-in-high-end-systems https://litdesignstudio.com/lightfaktor-featured-in-high-end-systems#respond Tue, 03 Feb 2015 23:22:50 +0000 https://lightfaktor.com/?p=378 Austin, TX-based design firm LIGHTfaktor has created a stunning EDM-friendly visual environment for a new ATX nightclub with a famous name - the Vulcan Gas Company.

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Austin, TX-based design firm LIGHTfaktor has created a stunning EDM-friendly visual environment for a new ATX nightclub with a famous name – the Vulcan Gas Company. As is often the case with their retail projects, LIGHTfaktor relied on automated lighting technology from High End Systems, along with their unique custom fabricated pieces to create the magic inside VGC.

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