Work will start next week to try to find a permanent solution to the issues the “Luminations” have suffered over the last year.
Since installation, issues have been identified with the LED lamp holders – which had been suffering unexpected water ingress from our harsh marine environment.
As a result, the sequencing of the art installation was affected, resulting in intermittent and random lights coming on instead of the beautiful flow of lights as originally designed.
The Light Lab, who designed and installed the custom lighting and metalwork, is leading on finding a solution, after being let down by the product claims from the manufacturers of the lampholders.
From 29 January, a section of the light installation will be replaced with new catenary cabling and lamps as a trial. This will be monitored over the summer, and if successful and no water ingress occurs, work to upgrade the whole installation will occur after the main summer season.
Marcus Cave, from The Light Lab, said: “In order to find a solution to this problem, we have a new system on trial, offsite, and from the 29 January, the section of the light station will be replaced as a trial and monitored for corrosion and ingression. Only by doing this trial, of these lamp holders in the actual environment they will operate in long-term will we know that this solution will work.
“We look forward to returning this installation to how it should run, for the pleasure of residents and visitors, but this will take time to get right.”
The work is being carried out under warranty, at no cost to the council as part of the original contract to deliver the art installation.