Philips Selecon PL1s Provide Illumination for Exhibit at Questacon
SSLDesign News Staff
June 18, 2013...Canberra's National Science and Technology Center Questacon has invested in
Philips Selecon's fully tunable high output LED PL1 luminaires. The center,
which attracts more than 420,000 visitors each year, has purchased 20 of the
PL1s. According to Philips, these were the first 20 PL1s supplied in Australia.
They were used to illuminate Questacon's newly launched permanent exhibition
'H2O - Soak Up the Science', an interactive display exploring the behavior of
water, how we use it, and how it shapes our world.
As an educational institution, Questacon wanted to lead by example in
adopting sustainable practices throughout its buildings. In addition to the H2O
exhibition, Questacon has gone on to complete the Excite@Q gallery, which
employs the Philips Selecon PL1s and also the Philips Selecon Accent Display
Philips says that the PL1 is the first light source allows full control of
the beam color composition regardless of intensity. According to Philips
Marketing Manager Pete Borchetta, "The resulting luminaire is a fully tunable
high output LED light engine supporting colour temperatures from 3000K to 5600K
and full color mixing with a maximum output similar to that of a 70 watt metal
halide powered luminaire."
"As an interactive Science Centre our requirement for lighting is based
on more of a theatrical approach than traditional museum lighting," said
Christine Hendry, creative manager at Questacon. "We use a combination of
focused light and color washing luminaires and needed to have an integrated
approach to our gallery lighting with a plan for implementation over several
years. The PL1s were seen as the perfect solution for us."
"Our main criteria were the capability for individual luminaire
adjustment, pre-programmed lighting scenes, which could be controlled from one
point, the ability to color change walls/floors to create different
environments, to reduce maintenance costs associated with replacement lamps and
labour, and the ability to achieve color in a variety of ambient lighting
levels. We were also looking for a product that could be integrated into our
existing infrastructure with minimal cost."
"The Selecon PL1s are performing perfectly," continued Hendry.
"We are able to change the lighting environment to suit the needs of the
various exhibitions in our space, and have had a marked improvement in
maintenance cost savings as we haven't needed to change any lamps in the
galleries with the PL1s."
"We are so pleased with the results that we achieved with the PL1s and
the flexibility the fittings provided that we have started a replacement
program throughout our other galleries," Hendry concluded.
Anolis Provides LEDs to Light Melbourne's The Red Sticks
SSLDesign News Staff
June 13, 2013...MelBourne's iconic 'Red Sticks' urban sculpture has been illuminated with
Anolis LED lighting. Anolis says it consumes one-fifth as much electricity
compared to the sculpture's previous lights. Anolis also says that its LED
lighting ensures that the installation looks crystal clear to all using
the city’s Tullamarine & Flemington Road Interchange.
Denton Corker Marshall’s Melbourne Gateway (originally completed 1999)
is described as the ‘Mother of all architectural interventions’* on
the city’s freeways! A massive 70-meter yellow steel beam, which is
cantilevered at precarious angles, traverses 8 lanes of freeway and 39 elegant
steel and concrete red sticks measuring 30 meter high running north / south
along either side of the road over 420 meters. The North section contains 21
sticks which are 7 meters apart from one another stretching over a 142-meter
distance, while the South is a section of 18 sticks also 7 meters apart, spread
over a 120-meter area and sitting in an artificial lake.
Transfield Services, the primary Maintenance Contractor for CityLink,
approached Anolis’ Australian partner, The ULA Group to create a lighting
design that improved the color, light qualities and ambience of the original
installation. CityLink wanted the lighting to have a contemporary edge and be
vastly more eco-friendly and more economical to operate.
Before discussions with Transfield Services, Jason Saunders assessed the
projects requirements to find the appropriate product that would deliver the
right results along with the best energy savings. Saunders Project Managed for
ULA, worked in close collaboration with Manny Micallef, Transfield
Services’ Technical Officer Mechanical and Electrical Assets. Based upon
Saunders assessment and calculations, ULA specified the Anolis ArcSource 96 LED
fixtures, for their “Impressive light output, ruggedness and ability
to customize the product lensing and also the casing for
vandal-resistance,” Saunders said.
The ArcSource 96 has consumes a maximum of 100Watts. Whereas the previous
incandescent sources were 1000Watts each. The ArcSource 96s have tough
protective back-plates, Anaconda cable casing, and a special lens array to
ensure that the light reaches the right places.
The Transfield Services electricians removed the old lighting fixtures from
their posts and replaced them with the ArcSource 96s, thus saving time and
money. At the factory the units were customized with the fitting of wireless
receiver cards and special antennas, for data control. This saved the
installers the time and the trouble of running more cables. A total of 78
Anolis ArcSource 96s (two per stick) are utilized to light the Red Sticks which
are clearly visible to all crossing the Melbourne Gateway. Each fixture is
individually and independently controlled.
The control signal from the main transmission hub is sent directly to the
Northern fixtures. At the furthest fixture at the154 meter - point, a repeater
unit beams it to the Southern ArcSource 96s, and that repeated signal then runs
from 148 meters to the most distant unit at 268 metres away. An E:Cue Butler XT
system with automatic triggers controls the lights for seasonal changes and
special occasions. The lights are on for 10 hours each night, year-round.
The Red Sticks’ lighting has a seasonal signature look which benefits
from the ArcSource’s additive color mixing. They turn red in the summer,
blue in the winter, cyan in the spring and yellow for the autumn. The exact
hues were all fine-tuned by the ULA team to ensure that they work best visually
when combined with the art.
Cuono Biviano, Managing director of ULA Group commented, “As a
born and bred Melbournian it was an absolute honor for me and my team at The
ULA Group to have successfully illuminated such an iconic and prominent piece
of modern art, that has millions of viewers and is a major gateway to the
Melbourne CBD … with a totally energy efficient intelligent LED light
solution. It meets both today’s environmental standards and more
importantly, the high standards placed on us by Transfield Services."
He continued, “Anolis LED solutions are built with a design life
to ensure return on investment both through running costs and physical
durability. It was a pleasure to have worked with Manny and his team, and we
look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with him and Transfield
Services in the future."
MaineDOT Selects Acuity Brands for Retrofit Project
SSLDesign News Staff
June 13, 2013...The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) selected Holophane®
HMAO(TM) LED high mast outdoor lighting fixtures from Acuity Brands, Inc. to
retrofit 105 light towers that illuminate Interstate 295. Acuity says that the
new HMAO LED high mast solution offers evenly distributed white light and
greater energy efficiency compared to the previous lighting technology.
Acuity's Holophane HMAO LED high masts use 290-watts per fixture, and are
rated to deliver up to 100,000 hours of maintenance-free operation. The company
says that they feature multiple LED modules, reducing the potential for dark
areas in the event an LED module failure. The company says that through use of
multiple LED drivers, HMAO LED high masts offer the choice of various lumen
packages, and provide a back-up light source and overlapping distribution.
Additionally, prismatic glass optics minimize the direct view of the light
"Our main goal is to provide a safe transportation system for the state
of Maine," said Ron Cote, MaineDOT Electrical Supervisor. "We were
looking for a light source that would provide lower maintenance and a whiter
light. The benefits of multiple LED drivers and modules and the longevity of
Holophane HMAO LED fixtures are exactly what we wanted. Additionally, the
quality of light combined with the payback of these fixtures is absolutely
Acuity says that the state's previous high-pressure sodium light fixtures
were turned off each night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in order to reduce operating
costs. This left roads and rest areas dark during that time. In addition, the
uneven light distribution from the previous fixtures left bright spots and
glare on the road.
Each newly retrofitted light tower, operating from dusk to dawn each day,
cost only about $66 per month to run, compared to $200 per month for each tower
using the previous fixtures and operating a reduced number of hours. The energy
cost reduction reportedly allows MaineDOT to leave the lights on throughout the
night for a safer transit environment. Acuity says that once the retrofit
project is completed, the HMAO LED high masts are expected to savings the
MaineDOT about $135,000 annually and about $1.35 million over 10 years.
Light towers in the Falmouth area have already been retrofitted with the new
HMAO LED high mast luminaires. The MaineDOT will also retrofit light towers in
Portland, Saco, Kittery, Waterville, Bangor and Medway rest areas.
"More than 40 years ago, Holophane was first to market with innovative,
high mast lighting systems," said Rob Drago, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice
President, Infrastructure. "As an established leader in the industry, we
continue to advance the technology, creating a best in class product that
provides the features and benefits of a true high mast luminaire."
Weber State University Gets GE Albeo™ High Bay LED Lighting at Dee Evans Center
SSLDesign News Staff
June 11, 2013...GE Lighting reports that Weber State University’s installation of its
Albeo™ LED High Bay lighting at the Dee Events Center has been met with
resounding praise. The university in Ogden, Utah USA, replaced its
high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting commonly found in sports arenas with
the Albeo ABHX-Series. According to GE, the Albeo ABHX-Seriesuses uses 70
percent less energy and is expected to save the university nearly $40,000 each
When assessing a potential energy-saving project, the WSU Energy &
Sustainability Office found that HID lighting at the Dee Events Center was one
of the single biggest power hogs. However, the university couldn't find other
examples of using LEDs for lighting a sports arena.
“Month after month when the electric bill came for the Dee Events
Center, all we could do was cringe and pay,” said Jacob Cain, WSU
Energy & Sustainability Manager. “The new high bay lighting gives
us brighter light with fewer fixtures, and we spend less money on energy. Now
that’s something we welcome and our teams and fans can
GE Lighting offered the university an LED high bay fixture that is commonly
used for warehouse applications. WSU’s energy team ordered one for
analysis. They tested its capabilities for the unique setting. The Energy and
Sustainability team measured its distribution of light, dimming capabilities,
and net change in weight applied to the lighting scheme known as the cloud at
the home of WSU’s men's and women's basketball. A mounting system was
designed and fabricated, and then the single unit was hung for review by the
Upon approval, 100 HID fixtures were replaced with a total of 80 LED
fixtures. The installation was timed to take place without interrupting the
basketball court's regular use. The new LED high bay lighting produces more
than 200 foot candles, or the amount of light that falls on a given surface.
This is reportedly double that of NCAA requirements for courts. Whereas the
original lighting produced dim spots on the court, and foot candles ranged from
60-150 depending on location, Cain said.
Officials with WSU are pleased with the Albeo ABHX-Series because of the
lighting quality, brightness, and distribution. In addition to considerable
energy savings, GE says that it increases the ability for special effects
because the LEDs instantly illuminate with no buzz or flickering and can be
dimmable and adjustable in nine zones throughout the arena.
Additionally, GE says that the Albeo ABHX-Series LED lighting fixtures
significantly diminish maintenance needs at the arenas where swapping bulbs
requires special equipment and trained personnel. GE says that Albeo
ABHX-Series LED lighting has an L70 of 100,000 hours, meaning that the LED
fixtures are expected to still produce at least 70 percent of their original
brightness after about 100,000 hours.
The Albeo ABHX-Series fixture can reportedly substitute for a range of
legacy high bay lighting systems such as 250-watt to 1500-watt HID and four- to
eight-lamp T5/T8 high-intensity fluorescent lighting. Conventional four to
eight lamp T5s and T8s reportedly burn-out after 20,000-30,000 hours.
Escatec Helps Azuri bring LED Light and Solar Power to Rural Africa
SSLDesign News Staff
June 4, 2013...Escatec of Heerbrugg, Switzerland, has helped commercialize a novel design
of solar power charging station for its client Azuri Technologies. The
Indigo™ unit has a solar panel, two LED lamps and control unit with a
charging point for a mobile phone. The design apparently has already won
several major awards and is now in mass production in Escatec’s Malaysian
Escatec points out that in rural Africa, the typical source of light is a
kerosene lamp, which is unhealthy, dangerous, and expensive. The company says,
it is not uncommon for people to be spending $2 a week on kerosene and a
further $1 on mobile phone charging. The challenge until now has been the
upfront capital expense of a solar lighting system. Azuri has solved this by
creating a Pay As You Go business model for users.
Customers reportedly pay a one-off install fee of around $10 and purchase a
weekly scratchcard for about $1.50. The company says that this cuts their
weekly energy spending by as much as 50% and the customer benefits from better
quality illumination. The customer tops up their system with an Indigo
scratchcard just as they would their mobile phone. A one-time top-up code is
texted back and then input into the device’s keypad, enabling it to be
used as much as required for a week. After around 18 months, the unit is
completely paid for and can be permanently unlocked.
Nigel Preston, VP Product Management at Azuri stated, “We needed a
product that could withstand the extremes of temperature, be rugged and
reliable, but, above all else, it had to be affordable. The build cost had to
be as low as possible without compromising the quality, which is why we went to
Escatec with our product. They offer a rare combination of top notch design and
development backed up with a high volume manufacturing
Gerhard Klauser, General Manager at Escatec Switzerland explained,
“Our location in Switzerland enables us to have a close working
relationship with Azuri who are based in the UK." Klauser said,"The
initial low volume production run was done in our facility here and then
transferred to our factory in Malaysia for volume runs." Klauser said, This
gives them a gateway to the high volume, low labor cost benefits of production
in Asia but with a local contact to ensure that everything always runs
Escate points out that reliable, quality illumination can change people's
lives. For example, children and adults can study at home. shops can stay open
past dusk, and people can work in the evening to earn more money.
“Indigo is a simple and effective way to transform the life of
millions of people and we are very proud to be making this happen,”
GVA Lighting’s LED Highlighter Brightens Dallas/Fort Worth Airport
SSLDesign News Staff
June 4, 2013...The fourth largest airport in the USA, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport recently completed the first major construction phase of its $1.9 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP). The long-term (7-year) renovation of the airport’s four original terminals began with Terminal A and its three parking garages.
The design of Terminal A called for over 375 feet of GVA Lighting’s color changing Highlighter® HL-DL flexible light tube to be placed horizontally along the parking garages outer wall. The Highlighter® HL-DL, which can be seen from miles around, helps accent the architectural detail of the buildings surface. The next four phases of the TRIP project call for hundreds of feet of Highlighter® HL-DL to be installed across parking garages.
The Highlighter® HL-DL is a modular LED lighting system for large scale installations such as airports, bridges, sky scrapers and shopping malls. Typical applications for the system include architectural delineation. The installation along the parking garage’s outer wall was achieved through GVA Lighting’s proprietary power and control system, INFINITY™, which allows for runs up to 672ft with a single power and data feed. The modules were installed and connected end-to-end to create the long linear stretch of light along the exterior of the airport.
The Highlighter® HL-DL system consists of the Highlighter® module, an aluminum mounting profile, and an acrylic diffuser. The Highlighter™ modules are IP66 rated. Each foot of Highlighter® contains 18 LEDs.
Robe LED Lighting Employed in Production of 'Grease'
SSLDesign News Staff
May 28, 2013...Vanemuine Theater in Tartu, Estonia, launched its new production of 'Grease'
directed by Georg Malvius. The play features a vibrant lighting design by Palle
Palmé who is utilizes over 100 Robe moving lights as part of a new installation
at Vanemuine in the theater’s 660 seater Big House venue. The
installation is part of a much wider upgrade program which has seen all eight
Estonian state supported arts and culture venues receive a major lighting refit
in which Robe moving lights deployed at all sites!
The installation involved over 500 fixtures distributed around the country.
It was co-ordinated by Robe’s Estonian distributor, Tallinn based E&T
Palle Palmé is based in Stockholm and works internationally on a wide
variety of shows across theatre, live music and corporate event sectors. He has
been working on shows at The Vanemuine Theater for the last 10 years. The the
theater is renowned for its innovation and high production values. Palle Palmé
for the first time used the new lighting rig with 55 x LEDWash 1200s, 30 x
LEDWash 600s, 20 MMX Spots, 10 x 600E Spots and 24 x 600E Washes – all
from Robe’s latest ROBIN series - at his disposal.
The LEDWash 1200s and 600s are being used generally for strong rear and side
lighting and cross stage washes. These are all hung on the house LX bars. Eight
of the 600s are in ‘shin-buster’ positions on the floor for
low-level washing. Fourteen MMX Spots are used mid stage for back beam effects
and for texturing the stage and set, designed by Ellen Cairnes. The other six
MMXs are positioned on three FOH bars and used for front key-lighting as well
as for more set and stage treatments.
Palmé has been using Robe products in his work for around 10 years. However,
this was the first time that he’s used Robe’s MMX Spots.
“They are excellent,” he commented. "Very powerful
and bright, great for both front and side lighting and highly versatile when
using the graphics wheels and gobos.”
He also programs his own shows at Vanemuine, on this occasion using a Hog 3
console complete with over 400 cues. Palmé indicated that having the
Robe’s MMX Spots “Really accelerated the process”. The show
is being operated in the Big House by Kaspar Aus.
Palmé likes the color range of the LEDWashes and reckons that the whites are
good, especially when combined with rich primaries like red to really
accentuate the white. Palmé's trademark style is colorful and vivacious, which
fits perfectly with both the cartoonish / pop-art aesthetic of this production
of Grease. His lighting is also very ‘musical’ in keeping with the
popular Grease soundtrack, played by a seven piece live band positioned
offstage at Vanemuine.
Hilton Austin Gets LED Retrofit Lamps From Toshiba
SSLDesign News Staff
May 23, 2013...
Austin, Texas USA, which is renowned for live music, boasts a lively entertainment scene which draws crowds of thousands each weekend and sells out hotel rooms. The 31 story Hilton on 4th street adjacent to the Austin Convention Center is a prime choice for tourists looking for a hotel brand they can trust right in the heart of Austin’s downtown.
Hilton Austin's management decided to upgrade their lighting throughout the hotel. They turned to Toshiba to supply the retrofit lamps that would replace traditional lamp sources in the lobby and coffee shop. Some 1,000 LED-based PAR38s, MR16s and A19s were installed.
The Hilton’s Director of Property Operations, John Culp, paired up with Bell & McCoy’s Jim Martin mange the project. According to Hilton, the quality of light, superior performance and aesthetic appeal were all achieved at the completion of this two phase retrofit project.
Toshiba says that the LED-lamps provide superior light quality with a variety of color temperatures and distributions and use up to 85% less energy than incandescent and halogen lamps. The company says that they also emit up to 70% less UV rays than traditional sources and are backed by Toshiba's five-year limited warranty
The Hilton team chose to use Toshiba's LED-baed retrofit lamps after learning of the significant energy savings and reduced maintenance costs that would result from the change. Toshiba’s PAR38 LED lamps have a rated life of 40,000 hours, three times longer than traditional light bulbs.Because the lights are used 24hrs/day. Hilton expects a return on their investment within just 18 months (based on $.095/kWh of electricity).
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