SLS brings natural lighting design to pro hair studio with amBX Light-Scene Engine

posted on Friday, 16th October 2015 by David Slater

Lighting Control  LED  Eco  lighting Design 

Sun Light Solutions has partnered with office fit out specialist AHM Workspace to upgrade the incandescent white light within the design studios and meeting rooms of an educational hair care specialist in Manchester. SLS came on board as a lighting consultant to investigate the use of ineffective lighting. Heat, it seems, generated by the old lighting creates an uncomfortable environment for the users of the studios. There was also a desire to implement higher quality white lighting onto the mini stage, where very fine details of hair colours and styles are worked upon in quite intense sessions of design. The upgrade was also charged with correcting a lack of natural daylight.

With the opportunity to upgrade the lighting design, independent lighting control of the six circuits of light in the studios was also deemed important to the client. The hope was to move all control to an iPad.

After considering the options, SLS took the decision to replace the ageing circular house lights in each room with 120 degree, rear lit flat panel LED lights; these natural lights boast 4000K, 3600 lumens and 38W per fixture. The 600mm x 600mm tile also sits within the ceiling grid offering the desired clean lines in the ceiling. These fixtures are driven by a series of constant current DMX drivers with onboard mains supply.

The perimeter lights in each room were upgraded from halogen down lights to white Xicato Artist series 4000K LED down-lights with 1000 lumen and 40 degree reflectors.

 A new lighting track system was designed and installed offering two circuits of DMX for forward and rear facing stage lights. Replacing a series of ageing metal halide fixtures with six white Xicato Artist 4000K rotating track lights with a 98 colour rendition index (CRI), offering 1300 lumens, 40 degree reflectors with on board DMX drivers were fitted to the rear facing track. Twelve white, Xicato Artist 4000K rotating track lights with a 98 CRI, offering 1300 lumens, 40 degree reflectors with on board DMX drivers were fitted to the forward facing track.

A multi-space amBX Light-Scene Engine was deployed to offer the six circuit wireless lighting control, utilising a bespoke and client branded iPad app, offering the selection of circuits and one of the five light-scenes desired. The chosen Light-Scenes are 100 per cent on, 75 per cent, 50 per cent, 25 per cent dimming and all off.

Italian halogen down lights fitted in the meeting rooms and training salon were replaced by a modern twist on the same fitting. A single white gimballed, Xicato Artist LED 4000K, 1000 lumen for the meeting rooms and for the salon a twin white gimballed, Xicato Artist 4000K, 1000 lumen fitting was used above each of the 16 hair dressing stations.

The client was delighted, saying the upgrade would change the way the rooms will be used in the future, saying: “The natural daylight offered by the flat panel LED room lights is amazing, turning the rooms from gloomy spaces into bright, cooler, comfortable environments to work in, offering less fatigue for the users of the spaces.”

The multi-space amBX Light-Scene Engine offers simple, effective and intelligent remote controlled lighting by selecting a Light-Scene desired for each circuit. The benefits are that the rooms can be set up just the way the clients function is required. The iPad app offers an instant vision of the room settings and is a doddle to use for everyday staff/

The system also opens up the opportunity for striking design embellishments. The perimeter Xicato Artist series LED down-lights create a bright halo effect around the room and reflect perfect light cones onto the walls. The 360 degree rotating track lights with the world renowned Xicato Artist series LED modules are perfect for setting the light scene for any occasion on the stage. The ability to re position fixtures upon the track allows for the precision creation of high quality hair design - fine hair colours and minute detail can be achieved and the space can be set up for many differing events. The level of quality lighting in the training salon has dramatically risen to a higher level plus the meeting rooms have transformed into high quality environments with perfect natural lighting and simple to use lighting control.

Full design, supply, installation and implementation of the lighting system was carried out by Sun-Light Solutions under direction of AMH Workspace.

A bit about Sun-Light Solutions Ltd...

Sun Light Solutions Ltd are a young and dynamic distribution company based in the north of England, offering specialist LED lighting, lighting control, Infra-Red heating, casual meeting spaces & furniture plus bespoke furniture and media wall solutions across Europe and beyond.

Our aim is to provide specialist products, solutions and services to the Professional Audio Visual, Custom Integration and Interior Design networks.

Our products are selected from leading players within their fields and through careful matching, smart design and thoughtful implementation, outstanding one-off solutions can be delivered. Brands include amBX lighting control.


Sun-Light Solutions Ltd

3 Water Hall Court

New Mill



Tel: +44 (0)7887 634990


David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
Living North

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