Decent Group makes light work of Blackpool Illuminations

By Ben Carey on 1 September, 2022

A Swindon business specialising in software solutions is providing a system to control one million lamps at this year’s Blackpool Illuminations.

The system has been designed by Decent Group to automate the switching on and off of the six-mile lights show which starts on Friday 2nd September.

The team in charge of the Illuminations can schedule the daily switch-on either manually or automatically, with a separate launch sequence initiated for each of the eight units on the Blackpool Promenade. In total one million LED lamps connected by 100 miles of cabling will be controlled by the system.

This isn’t the only innovation that Decent has introduced at Lightworks, the Blackpool Illuminations workshop. The company has also introduced a plan that ensures installing the illuminations is safe right across the six miles of promenade. Detailed data is recorded for each of the Illuminations displays based on testing done in the warehouse, so when the team take them out to be installed, they have precisely the information they need. The system also ensures that installation is safe and compliant.

James Ducker, Decent Group’s Founder and Managing Director, said, “It’s a joy to be part of this world-famous spectacle. It’s not simply about guaranteeing the lights come on every day through the four month season. We’ve also helped the team stay safe and be certain they can manage the vast amounts of equipment they need to wow all those millions of visitors that come to see the Illuminations each year.”

Decent’s new stock management system also helps the Lightworks team keep track of the one million lamps and the equipment that supports the display. The system not only knows the location and other key information for every single item of equipment, but also tells the team how much each job costs. It even automatically orders new bulbs and other parts before they run out.

Richard Williams, Illuminations Manager at Lightworks, said, “We are delighted with the difference Decent has made to how we work. The team has come up with creative solutions to every challenge we give them. As a result, we can work more easily, more quickly, more consistently and more safely. We feel very confident now that we have these new systems to call on.”