Category: Bars & Pubs

Ghost Notes

The Brief

To provide a flexible lighting solution for a multi-functional space. Ghost notes is a restaurant / cafeteria by day and a Bar / nightclub / live venue by night. The solution needed to create a comfortable atmosphere in the restaurant yet provide the right blend of dynamic and functional lighting for night-time activities.

The Installation

We fitted some RGBA LED tape into a custom made aluminium extrusion profile that we then attached to the ceiling next to the concrete beams. This way, the ceiling reflected the lights, softening the effect. We programmed the lights to change colours using a sound to light function to match the mood of the evenings. Some more LED tape was installed around the bar front to downlight it and we installed some Core Par 80s around the stage area to create a live performance space.

The Challenges

The primary stand out point was the uniqueness of the venue, an old parking lot, meaning that structurally, it was like no venue we had ever worked in.

Ballie Ballerson

The Brief

Ballie Ballerson is a ball pit cocktail bar based in Shoreditch. Ballie Ballerson wanted to create a nightclub atmosphere using lighting and asked Halo to light their main ball pit both from both underneath and overhead. One important requirement was that the lights would generate movement at all time and never remain static.

The Installation

Fort the ball pit, we designed and manufactured a 9m x 8m grid which we fitted with some RGB LED tiles. The tiles were programmed to constantly light up in different sequences and colours via a custom control system. We also installed lasers around the ball pit so that the beams would reflect off the balls. We completed the club atmosphere with some Haze machines.

The Challenges

The main challenge was at the design stage to make sure the lighting would fully reflect the uniqueness of the venues.

Be at One Greek Street

The Brief

Be At One Greek Street wanted to extend their dancefloor area whilst at the same time retaining their current control system. Due to the low ceiling height, moving heads or any conventional lighting were not an option, so instead Be At One decided in favour of a pixel mappable grid.

The Installation

We created a custom designed grid using RGB LED pixel tape and LED profile which we then fitted onto the ceiling. The grid was all built and manufactured in house, selecting the most suitable products for the design. The installation itself took place over 4 days, with a crew of 4 experienced technicians.

The Challenges

The primary challenge was the uneven ceiling. We had to ensure the installation was fully levelled and geometrically aligned. Other challenges were the very tight time constraints for the installation and ensuring no cables were visible.

Lighthouse

The Brief

The SGB Group wanted the Lighthouse to be different to all their other venues, with a far more retro feel. As such they didn’t want any intelligent features, purely generic.

What we did

To fit both the brief and the small and unique venue, Par 30s were mounted onto Ali plate, using custom extrusion, in clusters of two and installed around the roof of the venue. These were then wired to be individually programmable using a ShowCad system. We also installed a sound system in the venue to fit both live music events and ambient music during the day to day running. The requirement was to install a system that would not only meet their needs but also not disturb the neighbors. This was especially complicated as the venue had single glazing windows.

The Challenges

The main challenge was the vast amount of cabling used, as none of the lights installed had DMX and had to go through dimmers.

Sushi Samba

The Brief

With the opening of the Tree Terrace on the 39th floor of Heron tower, Sushi Samba wanted to highlight their custom sculptured 6m x 8m orange tree that sits in the heart of the bar. It was important that the lighting enhanced the ‘sculptural design that reinforces the restaurant’s earth to sky motif.’

What we did

Our engineers wrapped warm yellow round fairy lights around the trunk and every branch, evenly throughout. To further enhance the tree in the decor, some more LED tape was installed around the bar and some general white lights – Intimidator 350s – were used to help the contrast.

The Challenges

The high winds during the installation period made it quite challenging as our technicians were working on a Scaff tower and ladders.

Magic Rounbdabout

The Brief

Located in the middle of Old Street roundabout and accessed by a secret staircase in the tube stations, this unique and immersive venue asked us to turn their space into an ‘Urban Jungle’.

The Installation

From previous seasons, the venue had lots of UV paint decorations which we incorporated into the design. To reinforce the jungle theme, we used some Matin Rush DC1 Aquas lighting that gave the impression that the floor was being hit with light coming through a leafy canopy. For general lighting we installed some LED tape around the bar and seating areas and some festoons outside.

The Challenges

Some of the challenges came from the venue being completely outdoor, meaning that at the design stage we had to restrict the range of equipment and cables to those being 100% waterproof. Also, the venue didn’t want to use any truss, so all equipment had to be rigged from either the brick walls or stud work.

One Bar – Manchester

The Brief

Situated at the quieter end of Canal Street, in the Gay Village, On Bar wanted a low cost – high effect outdoor lighting solution that would make their venue more visible to customers.

The Installation

We hanged together and attached some 8 m long sections of coloured fairy lights to depict the Proud flag. Some more fairy lights were also placed on the trees and RGB Floods were placed on the edge of the roof to further lighten the balcony and building.

The Challenges

The main challenge came from hanging the lights themselves as they were very heavy indeed and being placed at height.