Light Tape® – Evolution in Light

Light Tape® has been used once again to create a unique display, this time on the external walls of the Darwin building on Darwin Walk, at University College London.

Light Tape Morse Code at Darwin Walk UCL

Light Tape shapes spell "Darwin Walk" in Morse Code at UCL

The display features the words “Darwin Walk” in Morse code, with all the “dots” and “dashes” being made from Light Tape® in its “Cut out Shapes” form.  The attached photographs show the display at night and, even with the ambient lighting from the windows and other light sources the Light Tape® shapes certainly do the job of providing a bright and colourful finishing touch to this newly renovated walk way.

This particular project required the energy saving Light Tape® product to be presented in the form of “cut outs”, where all the pieces were custom cut from Light Tape® Extreme Series electroluminescent panels as required and encapsulated in a Honeywell Clarus film. The figures In this case, were 300mm circles, “dots” and 300mm x up to 2m lengths, “dashes”.  Each “cut out” was fitted with a heavy duty 3M Resin Sealed IP68 Rated Connector including wire, ready for installation. 

Vibramount adhesive strip was applied, in turn, to each of the prepared chosen sights for the installation of the shapes; which were then individually positioned on to the vibramount and sealed into place under, sized, clear polycarbonate sheeting then screwed to the receiving wall, providing additional protection of the Light Tape® shapes from the elements.  Once fitted in to place all of the shapes were wired back to the mains supply through channelling fixed across the top of buildings wall via two Light Tape® Smart Driver™ power units.  The lighting is controlled by a photocell further ensuring sensible power usage.

It is fair to say that had the shapes been supplied using the traditional form of signage, florescent display boxes, the end results would have proved bulkier at around 75mm thick as opposed to 6mm using the Light Tape® alternative. The light tubes would have been visible through the front of the sign even through the coloured plastic covering, causing the light distribution to be uneven and creating uneven colour, so aesthetically the overall effect would have been much less pleasing and the display would have been easily damageable. The maintenance costs would also be higher and the ongoing power consumption would be at least 20 times greater (this estimate is conservative).   

The design of the Light Tape® display at Darwin Walk was done by Max Fordham Consulting Engineers, the installation was carried out by Chilton Electrical, both based in the London area and the main contractor of the renovation was Blakedown Landscapes based in Surrey.

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Why is Light Tape® Unique?

Architectural, Automotive, Bar, Exhibition, Emergency, Marine & Signage,

Examples of Light Tape® Applications

Combine Electro-LuminX’s patented technology and manufacturing processes with the best materials available and you get Light Tape® Lamps. We utilize SYLVANIA’s premium quality light emitting phosphors and Honeywell’s Encapsulation Systems to guarantee that we deliver the highest quality lamp possible to our customers.

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Light Tape® lamps are changing the way people think of a light bulb. Imagine a light bulb as thin as a credit card, in any color, that you can bend around any surface, for hundreds meters, indoors or outdoors, that costs only a fraction of what traditional bulbs cost to operate. In fact, it is the most important innovation in light since the invention of the bulb.

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Light Tape® uses less than one tenth of the power and is one third of the price of Neon and Cold Cathode display lighting, it is flexible, easier to install and maintain, reduces light pollution, produces no waste heat or infrared light, is fully recyclable, uses No Gas, No Glass and No Mercury.

Why are Light Tape® Lamps so Revolutionary?

Light Tape® is the most energy efficient and versatile light bulb ever developed! Light Tape® Lamps and animated signs are at the leading edge of global quality, reliability and service standards.

One hundred meters of standard 1″ Light Tape® lamp consumes less than a 100 watt light bulb! Light Tape® is the most energy efficient form of lighting available today. Typical energy consumption is less than 0.25 ma / sq. in.

Light Tape® backlighting systems uniformly backlight onyx, engineered materials and signage. Fits in almost any space at less than 0.02″ thick! No more hot or dark spots and does not generate heat.

Put Light Tape® just about anywhere in your next design, literally. Flat and emits no heat, you can fit it into about any spot! Allows for elegant installations, see the light, not the bulb.

We have engineered Light Tape® to work outside as well as inside. A logical replacement for traditional neon or other accent lighting. Quick, easy, do it yourself! Try our Snap-N-Light systems.

Light Tape® Systems last for years with virtually no maintenance required while providing low energy operation. No more emergency calls to your repair man because part or all of your lights went out last night!

A very clean, crisp and modern look that is visible for miles with a laser like appearance. Utilize this cutting edge technology to differentiate you from single point light source systems. Go with the cool glow.

Light Tape® weighs less than a 1/4 pound per square foot. Great option to have when weight is an issue and supporting a light is difficult.

Imagine a single 100 meter run of Light Tape® powered by a single power supply and connected only at one end. And, the brightness will not vary over the length of the lamp. Accent your venue in a matter of minutes with just one connection!

Light Tape® systems are available in custom lengths as well as by the roll. Flexible enough to wrap around corners or uneven surfaces, just connect and run. For indoor installations, simply use a clear overlay or double sided tape. Or try our outdoor mounting systems for exterior applications.

Light Tape® does not contain glass, gas or have any filaments to break, it will not fail catastrophically. Designed to withstand high impact or pressure, not abrasion, for that you need PolyLight-Flex™ which provides a waterproof, flexible protective jacket for industrial strength Light Tape®.

Our Light Tape® technology is basically a flat flexible plastic lamp that does not contain gasses, filaments, mercury or glass. It is extremely visible through smoke yet does not produce a glare. Cool to touch and meets CE & UL as well as other agency safety requirements.

Unlike fiber optics, Light Tape® loves to be flashed. Instantly turn on and off the Light Tape® for a stunning effect. Flashing will not only enhance many applications but will significantly extend its life.

Electro-LuminX manufactures Light Tape® in the US to ensure optimal quality standards. After 12 years of engineering and development, we have stable and repeatable process to ensure world class quality. The lamp and processes are patent protected and manufacturing is controlled by ISO9001:2000 processes.

About Light Tape UK Limited: Based in Barnsley South Yorkshire Light Tape UK Limited is the exclusive distributor for Electro-LuminX products in the UK and Ireland.

For further information please contact:
Mike Hardcastle, Managing Director
Light Tape UK Ltd.
7 Meadowfield Drive,
South Yorkshire.
S74 0QE

Telephone: +44 (0)845 617 0697
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