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Museums / Themed Environment

“We had our first little starter-museum over in Arlington, where Barbizon provided all of our studio lighting. It was natural when we came here, [Newseum] to bring Barbizon along with us. This was a huge project with a lot of different elements that Barbizon stepped up to and took ownership.” 

-Jim Updike, Vice President of Technology for the Freedom Forum and for the Newseum

International Spy Museum | Barbizon Lighting CompanyMuseum and Themed Environment Lighting and Rigging

Museums have diversified lighting and rigging needs. No longer are they just static lighting environments, but areas that engage the viewing audience by adding visual control through light. Museums include interactive, dynamic spaces that draw the visitor in. Museum lighting and rigging design plays a role in creating the desired atmosphere for the museum space. 

Barbizon has provided lighting, rigging and supplies to numerous museums such as the Spy Museum, National Infantry Museum and the Newseum. In every project there were major considerations given to Dimming Equipment, Circuiting & Power Distribution, Control Consoles & Custom Panels, as well as a custom rig for a massive 22,000 pound Barco Screen. 

Energy Efficient Lighting

At Barbizon Lighting, we understand the need for Energy Efficient Lighting and Show Control Integration. Our New Light Initiative team researches new energy efficient products and solutions for our customers. The team focuses on improving energy efficiency in museum lighting design. Learn about sustainable lighting practices and efficient museum lighting fixtures from our educated team. These sustainable practices save on energy costs and make your museum more efficient. 

Do these qualifications and experience seem like a good fit? Contact us today!Contact Barbizon Lighting Today

Hugo Boss Flagship Store - New York, NY


Hugo Boss Flagship Store - New York, NY

The Hugo Boss store located at 5th Avenue and 56th Street in New York City provides pedestrians with a unique window shopping experience. The grand opening in April was attended by the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Roger Clements, Mayor Giuliani and a host of other dignitaries and sports icons. What separates Hugo Boss from other stores along Fifth Avenue is the glass atrium that serves as the store's entrance, main retail space and environment for parties and special events. At night, the atrium becomes a glowing landmark along the otherwise conservatively lit stretch of high-end retail stores.

Unique retail projects like Hugo Boss are often challenging, requiring careful planning and close interaction between all parties. Barbizon Lighting's New York Systems Division was brought in to integrate what turned out to be a complex entertainment lighting system into a retail environment. Our team acted as the go-between for the lighting consultant, lighting distributor, electrical contractor and owner's representative.

As a leading Systems Integrator in the entertainment lighting industry, Barbizon insured the proper implementation of stage and studio lighting techniques in this unique facility. Barbizon has completed many integrated Architectural and Entertainment lighting systems (Architainment) including the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History, and Universal's City Walk in Orlando, Florida.

Project Details

The Hugo Boss Atrium is lit with 64 Altman Star Par fixtures. The natural daylight streaming through the three story window is enhanced by 28 Star Par Metal Halide Fixtures with 10,000-hour lamp to allow for day and night operation.

At night the CDM Star Pars are joined by 36 Star Pars. ?White walls, ceilings, floors and furniture glow at night from these high intensity fixtures. That's when lighting designer Joe Saint from JKLD turns to his endless selection of color made available by Wybron's CXI color scrollers. The custom white painted CXI utilizes two scrolls to subtractive color mix the desired hue. At night the CXIs bath the white atrium in colored light, and this three story light box catches a shoppers' eyes from down the street.

The lighting system is equipped to perform three main functions:? provide general illumination during the day, operate automatically at night and serve as an event lighting infrastructure as required. The majority of the time the system runs via an astronomical time clock with pre-programmed events. For parties and special events, additional moving lights are brought in and integrated with the existing system.

Behind the scenes, presets are stored and played back via a Rosco Horizon Lighting Playback Controller (LPC). All the fixtures within the atrium are powered via an Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) Sensor rack and a Unison rack.

The control system consists of a Rosco LPC with a Crestron Control System serving as the user interface. Crestron Color Touch Screens provide user access for starting and stopping shows, recalling looks, zone control, etc. One key requirement was that this system be programmed with a portable PC. This allows looks and cues to be programmed offsite and uploaded into the Horizon LPC. Onsite programming capability was accomplished using the portable PC and uploading the programming over an Ethernet network.

The next component of the control system is the events lighting system infrastructure. Three-Universes of DMX along with Ethernet are distributed to each of the 10 troughs containing the fixtures. The DMX is distributed via three-Doug Fleenor 1-in/11-out Opto-Splitters. Ethernet was installed for programming and future integration into an Advanced Control Network (ACN) protocol. Three-Remote Plug-In stations with DMX and Ethernet were installed for programming and the addition of an external Lighting Control Console. In each trough are a series of ETC input and output plates for distributing DMX, 120V and 208V power and rigging points for moving lights. Concealed in the ceiling are additional input and output plates for patching DMX to the outputs in the troughs.

As usual, time was tight on this project.We had four weeks to layout, fabricate and install the entire lighting system. The entire system layout was completed over a weekend and submitted the following Monday.

Jeff Siegel was Barbizon's lead Systems Integrator. Jeff worked closely with JKLD to provide complete installation documentation and technical recommendations. He also leaned on Troy Starr of Barbizon's show control department to engineer the interworkings between the ETC, Rosco and Crestron components. From there, Barbizon's Craig Fox worked with the construction team to make sure the installation process ran smoothly. Barbizon also provided a factory authorized service technician, Brian Dunn to assist the Kleinknecht Electrical Construction crew with properly installing, wiring and programming the system.

Barbizon's system integration and project management, along with aggressive field supervision made for a successful formula. This allowed for spontaneous issues to be handled on the spot. Modifications to the system layout were dealt with almost immediately to accommodate the fast track nature of the installation.