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CHAUVET(r), a leading manufacturer of LED lighting, announced 40 MiN(tm) Wash RGBW
http://www.chauvetlighting.com/min-wash-rgbw.htmlpalm-sized moving heads were installed in a new ultra lounge in Baltimore called
The Get Down. The lights were specified by lighting and production designer
Scott Chmielewski, president of Digital Media Designs and co-owner of the lounge
with partner, Bryan Burkert.

The lounge resides in a former music room called Fletcher's that underwent a swanky
transformation to become a hip happy hour and dance night ultra lounge. It is three
stories tall and encompasses 7,000 square feet of dance floors, DJ booths, bars,
balconies and, of course, lights. The lights-MiN(tm) Wash RGBW and a plethora of
other LED-fitted fixtures-are everywhere, but are discreetly placed throughout the
club. The beauty of MiN(tm) Wash RGBW fixtures is they are small enough to fit in
the palm of a hand and have become a staple of night clubs where low energy
consumption and discreet operation are important.

"The are bright enough for presence and small enough to
disappear," said Chmielewski. "They are literally everywhere; hanging from the
ceiling and other structures. They are undetectable and give a large amount of
light."

A green approach was taken towards the club's overall design. The floors, bars and
walls are made from 100 percent recyclable materials. Every light incorporated in
the club is LED-based, save the Edison light bulbs from the 1920s. These vintage
bulbs are found in the two small 'Edison rooms' hanging at random heights and are
employed for their cool look and a "sexy, warm glow-more objects than fixtures."
There are also recycled blue banquettes on one of the dance floors, salvaged from
famed club Roxy.

"It was the right thing to do," said Chmielewski of the green design. "And it was
done without compromise to the cost, design or aesthetic of the club."

The rest of the spaces include unique design elements like carefully constructed
wall treatments and floating video screens coupled with the building's original
1920s brick surfaces and exposed wood. The 'woven wall' design covers significant
portions of the club and is comprised of 10-inch segments of a custom made black
material which are woven together to create a textured surface over LED lights. When
these lights are off, it appears to be an opaque surface, but when the LEDs are on,
they shine through and create a color-changing panel effect.

Other walls feature a layered geometric design element whereby the outer layer
stands four inches off the wall and is lit from behind. There is another section
where the walls are covered by pulp bamboo which is downlit from the ceiling above
in fuchsia. High-definition LCD video screens, encased in backlit structures which
stand off the wall, seem to float around the second floor loft while displaying
organic imagery. All the elements combined create what Chmielewski describes as an
"immersive experience."

"It's a small, funky, intimate place," said Chmielewski, "and there's not a surface
in the building that doesn't change color."

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