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 Lighting -- December 2006
The unfolding of new lighting, after the ceiling reconstruction.
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Pools of light

The Tango Center lighting for 3 years, from 2003 - 2006, with lights hanging over the floor, suspended from the ventilation conduits. The conduits were exposed when we removed the drop ceiling, exposing and restoring the original 1929 Farmer's market ceiling.

Note the problems with this photo, which we never fixed before demolishing the whole system:

1) The spotlights were blinding. This is a "theatre in the round" kind of problem, easy enough to solve, with shielding.

2) Even the hanging lights (which face downwards) bled too much light to the side, because the lamp shielding didn't cover the light from the side.


Some of the pools handing from the ceiling were bright enough to be spots. That was fine. The lights were on a dimmer. There was another dimmer for the spots that were mounted at an angle towards the floor. We had to keep these off during the dance, because they were too bright for the dancers. But we would turn them up for performances.

Current house lights

The infamous Tango Center house lights, used for classes and cleaning, in the rows restored from the original farmer's market. A few incandescents, but mostly costly battery-backed modern flourescents, to meet firecode and cost pressures.

House lights
Structural highlights

Mouse eye-view of the parabolic highlight, on the old plaster capitals, from the farmer's market era, which we preserved at the Tango Center.

The Two Squares project

To light the dance floor, we'll create a series of hanging lights along the outside edge of the floor (about 10 feet off the ground and 3.5 feet in from the edge), making an "outer square", to lead dancers to inside edge of the floor.

The lights will be cylinders screened from the side, so no light bleeds sideways. They will be on dimmers, so they are adjustable. The bulbs are adjustable, of course, but probably we'll alternate straw and red to begin with.

Then, there will be an inner "square" of hanging lights, meant to light the middle of the floor. These will be on a separate dimmer.

The pools of light will not overlap ... in fact we'll leave enough space so that the darkness between them is pronounced and defined.

To start with, the bulbs will be spots rather than floods.

The two squares will be controlled from dimmers at the DJ station.

The heights of the hanging lights will be adjusted, probably between 9 feet and 11 feet, for maximum feeling of warmth, life, and heart.

November 19, 2006 7:19 PM   
A little Edgy, a little raw, a lot elegant, Show contrast in this visual vocabulary.

December 2, 2006 5:42 PM   

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Lighting for the floor

Concentrating on lighting for the dance floor, solves these problems:

1. It's possible to light performances and classes
2. It invites people to dance
3. It lets people outside see the dancers, part of our public service :-)
4. It lets us darken the waslls and the ceiling, so they don't look so bad
Lighting for performances

We have no way to light a performance during milongas ... except the rather awful option of turning on the house lights. We need lights over the floor that can be dimmed up.
House lights
“House lights” re-evaluate for egress code – only 1 fc is required, yet the strips far exceed that. Adjust lamping as necessary to meet 1 fc only.

Entry Chandelier
A baroque chandelier may set an elegant tone at the entrance table

Art Light
Add a wall mounted light for the wonderful painting on the wall opposite the entrance Is this the right place for the painting?

Create a new TANGO sign for the existing location, integrate with Gardel Blow-up photo (3’ x 6’ size)
Lighting for classes – main floor
Add a second ring or triangle of mr-16 with medium beam spread to more evenly wash floor, switched off for milonga, dimmed down for performances. Perhaps exposed halogen lampholders would work for this, provide sparkle.
Practice area:
1. Arches Wall:
New Vertical Elements:
• Translucent, colored Vertical Shrouds over PL act as sconces between arches
• “ironwork” Infil at top of arches adds detail, scale and a touch of Buenos Aires

2. Long wall:
New Elements:
• Fabric, gathered at top and bottom. Is grazed from bottom with floor mounted valence containing 3000K fluorescent striplight on dimmer or LED strip.
• Alternatively, wall is covered with continuous mirrors, Light is provided by stretched fabric scrims 2 feet below new adjustable, dimmable spotlights on ceiling.
• 2 or 3 Wall mounted painted wood or sheet metal Valence conceal vertical fluorescent striplights in tones of purple, red and blue.
• Sofas are augmented by modern lounge seating and ottomans

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December 2, 2006 5:38 PM   Kristin Andersen

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