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New from iGuzzini
A terrific range of new products from iGuzzini, ranging from tiny framing projectors to large outdoor area lighting systems- click on the images to read more.
No, iGuzzini don't have a guy with a giant hand, they have done it again with their new Laser Blade XS range, delivering the smallest professional downlights on the market, without sacrificing the amazing performance and optical control that has made the (hard to call it a 'big brother') original Laser Blade such a huge success. find out more here..
One of several bespoke designs for luminaires at Bernard Crossland Building, the Computer Sciences Centre for Queen's University. These internally illuminated fins constructed from translucent polycarbonate and Prismex form pendants in the central atrium to echo the gazed brise soleil on the main facade of the building.
Bespoke columns by iGuzzini
Newtownards, City of Culture for North Down has an impressive centrepiece to it's new environmental improvements in the form of a dynamic colour changing system for Conway Square. iGuzzini Linealuce uplight the town hall façade, and their performance is enhanced by colour changing Woody projectors in bespoke columns designed by Chroma and iGuzzini. You can read more about this in our Exterior section. Thanks to Braham Electrical who installed the lighting and arranged the colour change programming. Thanks too for use of one of their photos.
We've just joined forces with Exenia to represent two stunning ranges of decorative (but energy efficient) lighting. Exenia is a contemporary lighting manufacturer with Italian flair, ideal for bars, restaurants, retail social spaces etc.( with full photometry) while MLE focuses on the more classical elegant hotel sector. For more details visit the very engaging UK website site www.exenia.eu
Tradition and technology
Austrian decorative luminaire manufacturers ORION have an enormous range of luminaires but for two recent churches they've helped us with specials- variations on their standard products to suit the architect's aesthetic requirements. More impressive still is their speed of delivery- 3 weeks from order to dispatch! Find out more at www.orion.co.at
iGuzzini System 53
iGuzzini's System 53 is an elegant recessed channel that provides a dramatic graphic form that can accommodate a wide variety of luminaires, including spotlights, wall washers etc. It is ideal for retail, display and gallery use. It looks really good in Victoria Square Belfast.
Jordan Reflectors Linealite
We've been finding a lot of uses for the Jordan Reflectors Linealite LED luminaire most notably in Craigavon Hospital where we developed a bespoke RGB version for the hospital street, The Linealite has now found it's way into other corridors in the complex, with it's random geometric patterns. It's available in surface, recessed and wirer suspended (up/down lighting) versions, with a wide range of optical controls.
Just the Trick!
This new luminaire is capturing creative imaginations everywhere, and iGuzzini have produced a brochure to inspire it's use. Just click on the image to download.
...and there's a prize for all those we show..
iGuzzini are offering an iconic Ron Arad designed PizzaKobra LED table lamp for the architect engineer or designer who makes the most interesting use of the multi-award winning new Trick luminaire. We'll supply the Trick, you post your image onto iGuzzini's Instagram page.
Although it's a UK wide competition, we're sponsoring our own NI version so your chances of winning a PizzaKobra are actually quite good!
Full details to follow, watch your emails!
University of Ulster Year 3 Design
We were delighted to welcome the year 3 students from the Interior Design course at the University of Ulster who spent the day with us in a workshop on lighting and materials. Many Thanks to Profs Saul Golden and Sinead Black for organising everything. As is always the case in these matters- we learned more from the students that the other way round!
In addition to our regular gig at the Riddel Building (providing lighting to the Computer Game Orchestra), our own Paul Blackburn put an experimental piece on using just three coloured lights to create coloured shadows, made even trippier by the use of some funky diffractive eyewear…
Small but beautifully formed...
World cup fever comes to Chroma...
Another crime against good taste perpetrated by Russia! This is how it starts, then before you know it they're invading Lithuania...
Our own Gregory Peck, Shayne Morrow has temporarily graced our reception with his lovingly restored vintage Vespa before it takes pride of place at Vespa World Days in the Titanic Exhibition Centre from 14-17 June. You can of course get a preview in our reception!
Heritage Angel Awards 2018
The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society launched the 2018 Heritage Angel Awards at their offices in the former Ulster Museum in College Square North. We were delighted to be asked to provide feature lighting for the event (based on our previous work at the Riddel Building for Belfast Culture Night.
Newry Town Hall Theatre
We were delighted to be involved in the new house and architectural lighting for the recently refurbished Newry Town Hall Theatre, with iGuzzini Trick, iPro and Underscore, as well as Gamma downlights, all DALI dimmable and designed to integrate with the DMX stage lighting system.
Belfast Culture Night
Concentrix opens new Belfast office
The former Maysfield Leisure Centre has been repurposed as the HQ of Concentrix in Belfast, with a new fit out for it's role as a technologically leading edge call centre. We were delighted to be involved in the project. Click on the images to see more images on our commercial projects page.
GM Design win Technical Excellence Award
Congratulations to GM Design Associates who were awarded the prestigious CIAT Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology for their innovative event space at Castle Hill Dungannon. We were delighted to be involved in the lighting design of the project and indeed came up with some subtle bespoke lighting solutions for this project.
Visual Waste at Bebox
Delighted to see a finished mural from Dean Kane of Visual Waste, who has produced wall art for some of Belfast's most hip buildings- we now have a Russian Constructivist mural in the social area of Bebox- click here to see the video.
Museum of Free Derry
This important new museum in the heart of Derry City's Bogside is illuminated by iGuzzini Tecnica track mounted spots with a variety of beam angles. The spots and floods are individually dimmable for maximum flexibility.
St Michael's Church Enniskillen
We're delighted and honoured to have been involved with this church for many years, changing from tungsten to metal halide and now to LED- more striking than the energy savings or the reduced maintenance costs is the fantastic colour rendering- vital for this church with it's unique murals. Click on the pictures to see more in the 'churches' gallery.
We Chased The Dark!
The Giant's Ring never looked more inviting.. Despite occasional showers, our contribution to the IALD Chase The Dark went very well, with Lumenpulse projectors carving out the darkness in an almost ghostly manner. Thanks to all our friends who came to see the installation, photograph it and enjoy one of Wolf and Devour's wonderful pork sliders! Thanks to Don Kinghan for the excellent photos (the non-excellent ones are mine)..
Chase The Dark 2016
This annual event by the International Association of Lighting Designers evolves lighting professional all around the world coming together via social media at dusk to create something unique, a story told across the world a the night rolls over the landscape.
We're going to illuminate the Giant's Ring near Shaw's Bridge, a structure that pre-dates the pyramids. Be there at dusk on 03 November to be part of the experience- and get some street food on your way home from work!
Belfast Culture night 2016
The best night out in Belfast rolled round again, and the city was packed with families enjoying the best in arts, music, culture and of course, lighting. We worked with White Ink Architects to produce a maze in the grounds of Belfast Cathedral, and Ulster Architectural Heritage Society to illuminate the Studio Symphony Orchestra in the historic Riddell Warehouse. Also nice to see "The Band With No Name" playing under our bespoke pendants in the Pergola of Victoria Square.
iGuzzini Night Lab
Just back from a trip to iGuzzini's Recanati headquarters in Italy with some Landscape Architects to experience the unique Night Lab which allows iGuzzini to demonstrate their exterior range in a practical way. The whole thing was the epitome of good taste (apart from Davy's shorts).
Be here now. A new way to work, a new and engaging environment to enjoy. Click here for more information
We're published - In a Journal of Repute! We're delighted that the Institute of Lighting Professionals used local architect Gareth O'Cathain's photo as a double page spread to illustrate the work done by the Society of Light and Lighting for the UNESCO Year of Light celebrations. You can see more of Gareth's work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gocphotography
Small steps, Giant's Causeway
We were blessed with amazing weather on the night of the UNESCO Year of Light celebration as the photographs show!
In the footsteps of Giants
We've been asked to help in the celebrations as part of the UNESCO Year of Light to illuminate features in the Giant's Causeway, Ireland's only World Heritage Site. Working with Jim Patton of Light and Design, we're using iGuzzini LED projectors to pick out some of the amazing features of this other worldly landscape.
Keeping it REAL...
Congratulations to RPP Architects on the occasion of Old See House winning an RIBA National Award 2015, we're delighted to have been involved in the project (image courtesy of the BBC).
Get a Woody in Dungannon
Some iGuzzini Woody floodlights on decorative columns in Dungannon town centre. Stay classy Dungannon!
Ir ye lukkin somewhir swanky?
The new Ulster Scots Centre in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter designed by RE Quinn Architects is helping to bring to light the amazing contribution of this often overlooked aspect of our shared culture. The centre features iGuzzini Front Light, Laser Blade and Underscore lighting systems and has been very well received by operators and visitors alike.
The DRD Roads Service chose iGuzzini's Wow lantern to illuminate this busy section of Knock Dual Carriageway in South Belfast. The uniformity and colour rendering are simply amazing.
Victoria Square visitor centre
Victoria Square is Belfast's flagship shopping experience and in keeping with the focus on customer service, the centre features a suitably striking visitor interface. The eye-catching space features a dramatic back lit Barrisol diffuser framed by iGuzzini System 53 channel.
Super Council, Super Chamber!
Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon's new Council Chamber has been designed by Todd Architects and Williams & Shaw Consulting Engineers. The project features a Barrisol ceiling with tuneable LED to simulate daylight, and a bespoke suspended arc with up and downlighting. A fantastic result and a perfect example of integrating lighting into the architectural design. Just click on the pictures for more information.
Craigavon Hospital Street
MRL Architects and Beattie Flanigan have completely rejuvenated the main 'street' in Craigavon Hospital with this innovative use of Barrisol printed stretch ceiling and Jordan Reflectors linear surface mounted LED luminaires. We developed a bespoke colour changing RGB versions specifically for this project, and the results have been very well received.
The iGuzzini Lighting Experience has far exceeded our expectations and has been universally well received: Chroma Lighting and iGuzzini would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who visited, even in the occasionally atrocious weather conditions. The Experience has been popping up on Facebook pages and websites all over the net- even featuring on iGuzzini's global website! We hope this will encourage everyone to think of Light First, not light last.
A big red box full of light!
iGuzzini's shipping container filled with Trick, Laser Blade and Underscore is going to be in the bottom of the Titanic Dry Dock from 3 November for a week. You're very welcome to visit and check out the performance of these unique luminaires, and enjoy some (less unique) bacon baps, for that real shipyard taste. Contact the office for details- places are filling up fast!
Adolfo Guzzini (dazzling urbanite and coolest guy in lighting) has been awarded with the Compasso d’Oro Award for lifetime achievement with whom ADI (Italian Association for Industrial Design) recognizes since 1954 the contribution of outstanding professional figures involved in the enhancement of italian design culture with their activity. You can read more about this well deserved honour here.
Dr Tanja Poppelreuter
Dr Saul Golden
Many thanks to Dr Saul Golden, senior lecturer in Architecture and Spatial Design for kindly inviing us to talk about the integration of lighting into architecture to the Architectural course at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Ulster. Hopefully Lloyd Crawford didn't completely put them off a career in architecture!
iGuzzini at Lux live 2017
Guzzini are an integral part of this year's Lux Live at London's ExCeL., with Massimiliano Guzzini and Giorgio Pierini as key speakers and have several products shortlisted for awards!
Sculptor Patrick Colhoun
Bebox was the venue for Patrick Colhoun's new exhibition CONTAIN:ER and we were delighted to host a launch evening. To find out more about Patrick Colhoun, please visit www.patrickcolhoun.com
Wet Wet Wet
Angus Waddington of Waddington McClure Architects and Lloyd Crawford messing around in.. er.. well, it might look like a hi-tech corracle, but it's a piece of translucent material from Donite Plastics we're using to trial our idea for the Amsterdam Light Festival- we've been shortlisted again this year. Just as well we have a few months to get it right!
Happy New Year!
2016 is the year Donald Trump got elected, but there were one or two good employment choices made this year. Paul Blackburn joins us as Lighting Designer/commissioning engineer. Swings and roundabouts really!
White Ink at Culture Night
Click here to see White Ink Architecture's contribution to Belfast's Culture night!
The Doc Rocks!
Wendy Ward hits London
Congratulations to Mullarkey Pedersen Architects who have just moved into superb new offices in a former Temperance Hall in Hawkin St, Derry. This superb building perfectly highlights the practice's skills in Ecclesiastical architecture and their imaginative use of space and materials. We were delighted to help in a small way with the lighting and were very grateful for an invitation their recent official opening of the Rød Dør Studio. There are more pictures of this amazing building here.
Chroma in the Line of Duty
Chroma Lighting formed the backdrop to a final shootout between heroic DC Kate Fleming and slippery DI Cotton in the culmination of the third gripping series of Line of Duty, BBCs flagship police drama. The production used Chroma Lighting's facilities during "shooting". We were delighted to be involved in the glamour of showbiz until we found out they broke our loo brush...
CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016
Congratulations to Beattie Flanigan Consulting Engineers who were shortlisted in the Lighting for Building Performance category of this year's Building Performance Awards for their work at Antrim Hospital A&E department and their innovative work with Barrisol Stretch Ceilings. Sadly they were pipped at the post by Atelier Ten, but it's a tremendous achievement to be shortlisted in this very prestigious UK wide competition.
Liz Peck- Person of the Year!
Congratulations to Liz Peck, President of Society of Light and Lighting on being awarded the accolade of Person of the Year at Lux Live 2015.Liz kindly took time out of her frenetic schedule to visit us at the Giant's Causeway on the night of the UNESCO Year of Light Celebrations. I'm sure it's not the only reason she received this recognition. But it must have helped...
Contractor of the year!
Congratulations to Dowds Group who were just awarded Contractor of the Year at the ritzy NI Electrical Awards. We were fortunate to work with Dowds on several of their major projects this year (and despite this), they were highly commended in many other categories.
Our congratulations also go to Irwin Electrical who were highly commended for their work on the 5G Innovation Centre for University of Surrey, and Strabane Electrical, who were runner up for Small Contractor of the Year. It's great to see our industry punching above it's weight!
Davy Totten takes time out from sitting on top of some student's exam desk to support Northern Ireland in their titanic struggle to draw with Hungary!
And the winner is.....
Congratulations to iGuzzini UK, who have been awarded the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award 2015, reflecting the quality of their products and their excellent service. This is quite an achievement, especially in such a competitive market.
The Doc Rocks!
We're proud sponsors of Boylestock 2015- featuring Kieran "The Doc" Boyle, a music festival in the Maiden City hosting (at the last count) SEVENTEEN bands, from The Mindbenders to the Lizzy Band (wonder what sort of music they play?)
There's even a livestream- click here on the day, but if you can't wait until the weekend, you can find out more with th YouTube video:
"You'll never take me alive, Cooper"
Mark Cooper, ILP President and iGuzzini exterior expert joined us yesterday for the ILP Regional AGM, and enjoyed a tour of one of our more notorious historic buildings.
We love the opportunity to work on something a little different so we were delighted to help Wendy Ward, an award winning artist working in Porcelain, who has created a new range of decorative pendants with fine, lace-like detail. You can read more about her work here.
What a lot of Balls...
Beautiful Game? Not when we're playing. Chroma and Light Logistics started off the Bank Holiday weekend with a bit of a kick about at Spruce Meadows near Lisburn. Highly recommended (apart from seeing Davy Totten half naked and Gary McElkerney in skintight leggings).