Tryka Trips The Light Fantastic

Swansea Arena

The Swansea Arena is a brand-new £135m music and theatre venue with a fantastic LED façade – firmly putting the arena at the forefront of modern and future-proofed leisure and entertainment venues. 

To achieve the design, 97,000 LumiNode Pixel LED’s, from Tryka, have been used. The LumiNode Pixel LED is a full-colour, 16-bit, RGBW solution, guaranteeing smooth dimming and optimising colour output for the most vivid image and video playback.

For the Swansea Arena, the LumiNode has been made-to-measure, with pixel pitches ranging from 110mm through to 435mm, whilst the custom-moulded body is designed to suit a 30mm aperture for a panelised installation, allowing ease of installation as well as any future maintenance or system upgrades.



The luminaire is manufactured from an IP68 sealed, injection-moulded clear bodies, with sprung ears for direct panel mounting to a 30mm aperture. Pre-linked injection moulded cables link the LED nodes, available with custom LED pixel pitch, with a maximum of 128 pieces per string. Adding to its extensive list of features, the LumiNode Pixel LED offers an ultra-lightweight design and compact dimensions that ensure a discreet installation.



When partnered with Artnet DMX to SPI control protocol, LumiNode allows complete control for decorative and architectural lighting and if required, full image and video playback effects. This makes it perfect for architectural, entertainment, advertising applications or more lighting effects.



Elements of the control system are from Pharos. This includes the Pharos VLC 1000+ for the façade, and the Pharos LPC and RIO D for landscape controls.

The control system was programmed by Tryka.


 “The Swansea Arena demonstrates what can be achieved with visionary architecture and design. It will be a visual spectacle within the redeveloped area of Swansea, and will undoubtedly become a destination in its own right.”

– Ryan Rolph 

Technical director, Tryka



The new arena is part of a large-scale development in the centre of Swansea, called Copr Bay. This will also offer new shops, restaurants, apartments and parkland. Swansea Arena will also be home to 2,000sq.m of exhibition space. This will have the capacity to host 2,500 people, with dining capabilities for up to 750 guests.


Picture: Tryka has provided a stunning LED façade at the new Swansea Arena.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
23rd June 2022


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