First Astera NYX Bulb installation in Australia
The first Astera NYX Bulb installation in Australia has been completed by Elite Event Technology at One22, a brand‐new music‐driven bar and night entertainment concept in a meticulously reimagined space that has long served night and party people in Canberra. One22’s new lighting design includes 60 x Astera NYX bulbs in an individually mapped ceiling art piece.
Formally Mr Wolf nightclub, EET had supplied a previous long term rental audio and lighting rig in the space, so there was already a strong connection with both the new owners and the landmark Sydney Building. EET’s Darren Russell was invited to create a fresh new lighting look to match the eye‐catching raw industrial chic of One22’s interior design, and integral to this is the NYX bulb roof installation.
“The client wanted to be able to change the mood and dynamic of the venue instantly and drastically but without having any roof trusses full of lighting and rigging,” explained Darren. They already had the idea of multiple hanging pendant style lampshades around the room, so Darren took that as a starting point and developed the NYX bulb installation – which can change colour and be chased creating beautiful fluid kinetic eﬀects – from there.
Having invested steadily in Astera products over the last year – all supplied by Australian & New Zealand distributor, ULA Group – Darren had been keen to use the NYX bulb since its launch mid‐2020. Now was his chance! The entire 400+ square metre venue is lit with the 60 x NYX Bulbs plus LED strips which accentuate the walls, coves, and other architectural detail.
The NYX Bulbs are controlled via a ChamSys MagicQ PC with data fed to the bulbs via a Lumen Radio wireless network. The club has an iPad in an iPort ‘ruggedised’ induction charging case which is running on a dedicated enterprise‐ class mesh Wi‐Fi network also installed by EET.
The ChamSys remote app on the iPad is used to access pre-programmed pages so the duty manager can select a variety of diﬀerent lighting looks and eﬀects to suit the mood and the music of the moment.
Photos © Darren Russel