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Long range pixel control for a stunning LED facade

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Advatek PixLite Long Range pixel control for a stunning LED facade

Organisation: Tryka

Location: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Executive Summary

Located in Swansea, Wales (UK), the striking Swansea Arena is a brand new £135m music and theatre venue, operated by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). The 3,500 capacity indoor arena is set to attract some of the world's most famous music acts and much-loved theatre productions, and will no doubt become one of the city's most popular entertainment venues.

The awe-inspiring building includes a stunning LED facade created from 97,000 LumiNode LEDs from leading LED specialist TRYKA. The LEDs are controlled by Advatek's PixLite® T8-S long-range pixel controllers and R4D-S receivers. (Image supplied by: TRYKA)

Swansea Arena

The stunning LED facade was created with 97,000 LumiNode LEDs

Swansea Arena pixel facade

The LumiNode Pixel LED is a full-colour, 16-bit, RGBW solution.

Swansea Arena

The LED facade is breathtaking from all angles

Who is TRYKA?

TRYKA aims to remain at the forefront of the architectural lighting industry, to be the go-to LED lighting brand for designers, specifiers and integrators globally.

The Challenge

The sheer scale and shape of the facade required a carefully designed, efficient cabling topology. Advatek worked closely with TRYKA designers in the early stages of the project to provide input and recommendations on equipment locations and cable runs. The flexibility of the Advatek T8/R4 solution allowed for an installation highly integrated into the TRYKA modular design.

Environmental effects on the installation were also addressed, and the Advatek products were customized for added protection from moisture and salt spray, as well as further protection from fast transient (lightning strike) spikes.

Advatek Lighting's Role

TRYKA used Advatek's PixLite® T8-S pixel controllers with the R4D-S Long Range receiver for its flexibility and customizability, which allowed for full integration into the TRYKA modular design. The products were further customized with a conformal coating and additional electrical protection for fast-transient spikes.

T8-S Mk3

PixLite® T8-S Mk3

With a data transmission range of 300 meters, this user-friendly long range pixel controller system is the high-impact solution for professional installations.


PixLite® R4D-S

Designed to bring sizable projects to life, the R4D-S receiver works together with the T8-S Mk3 transmitter to drive up to 2,040 RGB pixels for larger-scale installations.


The LumiNode Pixel LED is a full-color, 16-bit, RGBW solution. Advatek's long range control solution supports the full potential of these LEDs, guaranteeing smooth dimming and optimizing color outputs for the most vivid image and video playback.

Rob Steart, Leader of Swansea Council, commented: "The completion of Swansea Arena as well as many other features of Copr Bay phase one means our city is well on track to becoming Britain's best and most dynamic place to visit, live in and do business."

We worked closely with Advatek from the early stages of the project. Their depth of technical expertise was a great benefit.

Ryan Rolph – Technical Sales Director at Tryka


Swansea, Wales - United Kingdom

Went Live - 2022