Lighting Adventures in Wonderland

Author L&L Communication Team
Category Tales of lighting design
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We’ve been re-reading a story that needs no introduction.

And, as is sometimes the case when returning to a well-loved story, we noticed a few details that had escaped us on first reading: a light in the background, a familiar place, a main character who suddenly changes ... are we dreaming?!

Down the Rabbit-Hole

Spot 3.0 316L, 3000K, 12W, 40°

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The hot day was making Alice feel very sleepy, and she was considering whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. While she watched it, the Rabbit took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket and hurried away.

Alice started to her feet and, burning with curiosity, ran after it. She was just in time to see it pop down a rabbit-hole. The hole went straight on like a tunnel then dipped down so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.

Alice clearly fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her.


The lighting in the White Rabbit’s favourite hole is exclusive to Spot 316L.


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The Little Door

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Gem Mini 1 / Gem 1.1 / Gem 2.1, 3000K, 1W - 2.5W - 4.5W, 48° - 42°, pearl chrome Find out more about the product

A little door had just closed behind the White Rabbit. The cactus looked through the keyhole and saw the loveliest garden you ever saw.

“How I long to get into that garden,” he thought. But the door was locked and in any case he was too big to get through it. However, on the tiny table he saw a box with a tiny key and a little bottle with the words “DRINK ME” printed on it.

“Should I try it?” he asked himself and drank.

“Oh my!” Now I’m really small ...”

Then he saw a box of biscuits with the words “EAT ME”. He tried one and suddenly became really large.

Gem, the projector that gets smaller and larger.


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The Cheshire Cat

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“Cheshire Puss, would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where …” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

And the Cat continued on its own way, the one lit by Stra.


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The Mad Coffee Party

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“And ever since that,” the Hatter went on in a mournful tone, “Time won’t do a thing I ask! It’s always six o’clock now.”

A bright idea came into Alice’s head, and she asked, “Is that the reason so many cups are put out here?”

“Yes, that’s it,” said the Hatter: “it’s always time for ... coffee.”

The bright idea was the work of Neva 5.


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An Encounter with a Caterpillar

Gem and the Caterpillar looked at each other for some time in silence.

At last the Caterpillar spoke in a languid, sleepy voice. “Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.

Gem replied, rather shyly, “I hardly know: my size has changed several times, I feel strange.”

“Explain yourself!” said the Caterpillar sternly.

“It will happen to you, too, some day, when you turn into a chrysalis and then after that into a butterfly, you’ll find it a little strange, won’t you?”

“Not a bit,” replied the Caterpillar.

Gem Mini, a whole different size.


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The Queen’s Roses

Pivot 1.7, customized version with RAL finish, with asymmetrical snoot

Pivot 1.7, customized version with RAL finish, with asymmetrical snoot Find out more about the product

Pivot 1.7, customized version with RAL finish, with asymmetrical snoot

Pivot 1.7, customized version with RAL finish, with asymmetrical snoot Find out more about the product

A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red.

Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say, “Look out now, Five! Don’t go splashing paint over me like that!”


But Five didn’t look out, and Pivot, who was hiding among the foliage and wanted to blend into the background, turned the same colour as the roses instead.


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Alice and the Queen

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The Queen turned to Alice: “What’s your name, child?”

“My name is Alice, so please your Majesty,” said Alice very politely.

“And who are these?” said the Queen, pointing to the three gardeners who were lying on their faces round the rose-tree.

“How should I know?” said Alice, surprised at her own courage. “It’s no business of mine.”

The Queen turned crimson with fury and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed, “Off with her head!”

The backlighting for the Queen’s words is the work of Spot 1.6.


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“Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream!” said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures that you have just been reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed her and said,

“It was a curious dream, dear, certainly; but now run in to your tea: it’s getting late.”

“Do you perhaps mean coffee?”

Freely inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) and interpreted by the lighting fixtures from L&L.

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