On the south edge of Kansas City, a multi-story commercial building has been lighting its windows in special colors and patterns for decades. ETC’s Mosaic system, a unique pixel-mapping and show control solution, recently gave them a 21st-century upgrade to heighten the graphics and even provide a new revenue stream for the building. Data from Mosaic is distributed throughout the building over a network, then converted into DMX using ETC’s Response Mk2 DMX Gateways. The DMX is sent to RGBW LED strip lights from a local manufacturer that are placed in each of the windows. In addition to the animated American flag waving across the front of the building, the crew has added sports team and company logos back into rotation and mapped rainbow color chases across the exterior. To keep the light show interesting, they use Mosaic’s scheduling features to ensure the shows don’t run every night.
“They used to plot out windows in Excel by shading the cells. We worked with them to get the scale and dimensions of the building and windows right in the Mosaic design program, and now they’re off to the races. They took a video of a flag, plugged it into Mosaic, and the software figured out all the pixel-mapping necessary to make it move across the front of their building.” – Autumn Nieland, Business Development at Mercer Zimmerman
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