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Coffee, cocktails & Nicolaudie control – DMX LEDs in Manchester

Nestled in Spring Gardens, right at the heart of Manchester’s upper King Street precinct, Roc & Rye is a unique craft coffee and cocktail bar that aims to bring new character and inspiration to the city’s drinks scene. The Grade II listed venue has been enhanced by a nightclub-quality LED lighting array, supplied and programmed by InStyle LED.

To create the complex lighting sequences that the owners wanted for the after-dark hours, our designer chose a Nicolaudie interface to manage the bar’s DMX control system.

The multizone LED installation used more than 100 metres of RGBW LED strip lights (warm-white option, approx. 3000K), housed in frosted aluminium profiles and installed across nine sunken coffers in the period-style feature ceiling.

The strip lights are complemented by nine chandelier-style LED pendants.

Manchester's Roc & Rye cafe bar, lit by InStyle LED

InStyle supplied the LED strips all cut and soldered to the exact lengths required, so they were ready to be mounted along the coffer edges straight out of the box.

Nicolaudie programming & control

Because Roc & Rye’s atmosphere after dark should feel very different to the daytime, we were commissioned to create bespoke programming to run eight lighting sequences.

Designed to specifications drawn up by the project’s installers (Imperial Engineering & Construction of Haydock, St Helens), the lighting programs are all controlled via a sleek Nicolaudie wall-panel.

Lighting schematic for the Roc & Rye project

Design documentation for the Roc & Rye LED installation

Ceiling coffers and pendants - LED lighting zone nomenclature

Here are the LED programs we created. Each can be called by simply keying a button on the Nicolaudie wall-control.

  1. White + Pendant
  2. 10 Second Colour Scroll
  3. 5 Second Colour Scroll + Pendant
  4. 5 Second Colour Change Red/Purple/Blue + Pendant
  5. 5 Second Random Colour Mix + Pendant
  6. Strobe Colour Change Red/Purple/Blue + Pendant
  7. Strobe Random Colour Mix + Pendant
  8. White Strobe + Pendant

Nicolaudie Stick 2 wall-controller

The same buttons also provide brightness/dimming and preset static colours.

Products supplied by InStyle

The Roc & Rye cafe-bar installation used the following InStyle LED products:

20-watt RGBW LED light strip

Aluminium LED corner profile


This video shows the Roc & Rye RGBW LED installation in full colour, highlighting bespoke Nicolaudie programming and control.

Roc & Rye, Manchester - LED showreel highlighting Nicolaudie control & programming

Since its highly anticipated launch in July, Roc & Rye has been offering creamy cold-brew coffee from one of Manchester’s first nitro coffee systems, alongside an exceptional range of whisky brands, exclusive spirits and creative cocktails.

With a capacity of up to 150, the doors open from 7am in the week (great for office coffee runs and breakfast meetings!), and the after-work nightlife goes on till 1am (Mon-Wed), 2am (Thu), and 3am (Fri-Sat).

Here’s a take on Roc & Rye’s July launch from the Manchester Evening News.  Check out their great video!

Roc & Rye - Manchester cafe and cocktail bar
InStyle LED - high-quality LED lighting and installation support
Imperial Engineering & Construction

By |2018-03-09T16:43:07+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies - LED projects & installations|Comments Off on Coffee, cocktails & Nicolaudie control – DMX LEDs in Manchester