Touch Screens Make A Huge Difference...
Another recent project was at a large museum. The museum team was looking to refurbish a number of galleries and, at the same time, decided to upgrade their lighting controls solution. The incumbent system involved an antiquated lighting desk that was installed in a small office no larger than a cupboard on the second floor. All changes to the lighting had to be performed from within this office and without a view of the galleries!
Control Lighting Ltd installed new switch plates at the entrances to every gallery and installed a new back of house processor powerful enough to control all eight museum galleries and also to open and close the sunshades on the building skylights.
These gallery switch plates can also be disabled by the museum team to prevent the general public from fiddling with the lighting settings!
The most dramatic improvements on this project were achieved by offering a wireless control solution. By enabling a Windows tablet to drive the lighting processor, authorised personnel can change the light settings whilst actually standing in the affected gallery.
We created four distinct levels of user:
The Standard User is able to switch the lights on and off by using the wall mounted switch plates in each gallery.
The Basic User is able to use the Windows tablet touchscreen to adjust the "standard" scenes in a gallery temporarily, by using the appropriate fader corresponding to a group of lights. This user is unable to save the changes they have made.
The Advanced User is able to adjust the faders in all the lighting scenes and to save the results in the "pre-sets" to be used by the other team members.
The Systems Administrator is able to re-program the back of house processor and can re-assign individual lights to different groups, and create new scenes that will be accessible from the touch screens.