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CASE STUDY

Glasgow Hydro

Glasgow’s SSE Hydro is one of the most exciting new music and sport venues in the UK. Black Light was asked to supply, install and commission high-spec, integrated LED and AV systems in the venue’s two VIP rooms – the Wind and Water Suites.

The success of this prestigious project demonstrates our ability to work to the highest specifications along with our competence at AV integration, including AMX system programming, eCue System Programming and commissioning works.

Project Details

Completion: Sept 2013
Location: Glasgow
Client: SSE Consultant: Derek Kemp (DKAV)
Kit List

•    1026 Traxon 16 Pixel LED boards with drivers and cabling
•    Traxon eCue Video Micro Convertors mapping the video content to the LED
•    8 Mitsubishi 70” LCD Public Displays
•    2 AMX Modero X Touch Panels
•    2 AMX NetLinx Controllers
•    2 Datapath x 4
•    2 Extron IN1606 Switchers
•    Apart Mask6’s and Apart Sub-lime Sub’s
•    QSC GX3 Amps
The Project

The SSE Hydro opened in September 2013. It has a distinctive, elliptical sloping shape and is designed to host global entertainment and sporting events (including netball and gymnastics during Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games). Its flexible arena has the capacity for over 12,000 spectators.

The venue’s two VIP rooms – the Wind and Water Suites – required state-of-the-art integrated AV and lighting systems. Working to specifications supplied by audio visual consultancy DKAV, we provided a full package (supply through to handover) for the installation of both elements.

Key project steps

•    System design
•    Procurement of products
•    Installation
•    Commissioning and Programming
•    Handover and Training

The main technical steps involved in the installation were:

•    The programming of the system’s AMX NetLinx control system
•    The integration of the AV and the LED matrix systems
•    The matrixing and integration of the LCD displays

Project Highlights

Alongside the eight Mitsubishi 70” LCD Public Displays we fitted, the other key element of the project was the installation of 1026 Traxon 16 Pixel LED boards. With their 16 individually controllable pixels, these fixtures provide an incredibly flexible LED light source and bathe the VIP suites in a beautiful sea of colourful light. Utilising ePix technology controlling 49,248 channels of DMX, they allow the creation of a vast range of lighting scenarios, video and graphical displays.

Elegance and ease of control were key project goals. This made the Modero X Series Touch Panels the obvious choice for the system control interface. These panels are beautifully designed and offer a panoramic capacitive multi-touch screen that provides users with easy access to multiple control applications.

Why did Black Light win the project?  

Black Light received the commission for the SSE Hydro project thanks to our reputation for delivering high-quality installations, the fact that we could provide an entire supply and commission package and our knowledge of Traxon products.

Results

The installation of the AV and LED equipment was carried out to budget and on-schedule. The finished results are spectacular and mean that the guests and performers who are entertained in the VIP lounges can enjoy beautiful ambient and effects lighting alongside state-of-the-art AV. download file PDF (0.16mb)

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