A stunning transformation at the Royal Academy of Music has been completed, marrying sound and light in perfect harmony. The £20m scheme by Ian Ritchie Architects has completely renovated the Academy’s Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Angela Burgess Recital Hall, practice rooms and dressing rooms.

As part of the acoustical adjustment of the 309-seat Susie Sainsbury Theatre, an imaginative and innovative lighting scheme has been created by international lighting designer Ulrike Brandi Licht. This uses Roblon Lighting’s bespoke RobLight fibre optic lighting and LEDs supplied by Light Projects.

600 of RobLight fibre-optic crystals and recessed LED downlighters have been specified along with 52 RobLight FL1000 Fibre Optic LED projectors. This has resulted in the creation of a spectacular ‘exploded’ chandelier, embedding the ceiling and walls with individual prisms of light. Deservedly, the scheme has already won several awards this year including a RIBA London Award, RIBA London Building of the Year Award, RIBA National Award, NLA Culture & Community Award and RICS London Award in the Tourism & Leisure category.

RobLight fibre optics are perfect for this kind of application. Fibre optics are low maintenance with the advantage of having the light source and electrical feed separate from the fittings which means they can be sited at low-level making access safer and more convenient. Furthermore, theFL1000 reduces power consumption by at least 63% compared to Halogen equivalents while the 3000K output with 90+ CRI offers a warm white light with excellent clarity. The system was completed with a versatile DMX control dimming system.

RobLight by Roblon Lighting is exclusively available in the UK from Light Projects. Light Projects specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of lighting fittings and accessories for an extensive variety of interior and exterior lighting applications, as well as bespoke lighting solutions. More information is available from Light Projects on 020 7231 8282 or visit www.lightprojects.co.uk