Date Announced: 04 May 2012 Mexican distributors, Hermes Music recently supplied no fewer than 63 of PR Lighting’s PR8800 architectural fixtures to light up the façade of one of the Liverpool department store flagship sites in Villahermosa, in the state of Tabasco.Named after the UK city of Liverpool, as a reference to the fact that in the 19th century much of the imported merchandise sold in the stores was shipped via the English port, Villahermosa is the largest of their 87 department stores.Mexico City-based architectural firm Iñaki Echeverria constructed the dramatic façade from segments of precast concrete slabs that rotate at 180° angles. The pieces are each made of five segments joined together to total 16m to 20m in height. Seeking permanent illumination to help animate the aesthetic with spectacular colour washes, Liverpool tasked lighting designer Joseph Charles Vargas Rubenak (from AGISA) with providing the best solution — and he turned to PR Lighting’s IP67 RGB colour-mixing fixtures.Each PR8800 contains 108 x 3W LED’s (27 each RGBW) and linear colour temperature correction, — but it has a power consumption of just 350W at 220V and LED lifetime of 50,000 hours — thus it is extremely energy efficient. It also features 0-100% linear adjustable dimmer, 0-20 fps strobe, a field angle of 28° and beam angle of 14°.The colour-changing lighting after dark provides an interesting mixture of different palettes, reflections and shadows to create an ever-changing image.The Villahermosa store is located at the Plaza Altabrisa shopping centre, and Hermes Music’s lighting specialist, Ricardo Segura de la Cruz, described the illumination of new façade and signage as “a major success”.
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