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First Direct Arena


Nebula Creative designed and installed the lightboxes during the refurbishment of the music and entertainment venue's VIP bar and shows around 240 album covers of artists that have played at the venue alongside classic covers. Renamed the Black & White Lounge, the new bar scheme was created by design agency, Jaywing, in conjunction with venue sponsors, First Direct.


Tony Watson, director of sales, marketing & PR at the First Direct Arena and York Barbican, said: 'We've installed significant branding throughout the arena and without a doubt the most effective piece is our lightbox by Nebula Creative, utilising SloanLED system from Applelec. The resulting installation is stunning and has transformed our most important space.'

The installation features two large-format lightboxes created using a textile framing system and illuminated by SloanLED PosterBOX 3 modules, both supplied by Applelec. Standing at three metres in height, the first lightbox is ten metres in length, whilst the second is just under five metres long. Using 90 PosterBOX 3 modules, the entire system draws just over 1200W.



Jacob Smith, managing director of Nebula Creative, said: 'The PosterBOX 3 modules in this lightbox create extremely bright and even illumination and were easy to install along just the top and bottom edges of the lightbox frame.'

Lauren Flint, head of Lighting Distribution at Applelec, said: 'High brightness illumination is achieved across a width of up to three metres using the SloanLED PosterBOX 3 system, where just two rows of facing modules are required to provide light. In addition, the product significantly reduces the installation time required to populate a lightbox in comparison to the use of LED tape or ribbon.'

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