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We have just completed updating the lighting in an old barn that is used mainly for entertaining the client’s friends and family. With a mobile bar and impressive chimney feature, the atmosphere of the space amidst the beams and wooden structure is fantastic.

The existing lighting consisted of two wire cable systems, using outdated 12V halogen lamps. Suspended at around 4m the lighting was ineffective.

We approached the lighting from the point of highlighting the structures details and roof shapes.


Carefully placed Orluna AIR spotlights are used to throw light up into the vaulted ceiling, and the hipped entrance areas, picking out the beams and stanchions, combined with Occhio Piu lights to provide gentle downward illumination.

The chimney is lit in two ways – one from the floor using Occhio Lui floor lights with adjustable beam angle to graze the sloping sides, and then from the roof we placed a single Occhio Piu alto with a controlled 30-degree beam to light the front face of the chimney breast.


Orluna Air rose adjustable spotlights are used to illuminate the bar. We specified a Lutron Grafik QS control system using DALI dimming. This reduced the cabling runs to an absolute minimum, making installation a lot easier. Cables are carefully hidden out of site behind beams, and the remote drivers for the Air spotlights are located in a small plant room within 20m.

The use of the DALI dimming protocol, with each light individually addressed, meant that we are not tied to conventional circuits, but have the means to provide an amazing selection of scenes, with the client able to completely alter the feel and mood of the room at the simple push of a button.

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