The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.
This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play in enhancing the visitor experience at the Anaheim Convention Center. Lighting design by Peter Maradudin and Kaitlin LeSage Crawford of StudioK1. Photography by Tom Paiva Photography. Lighting controls by ETC.
A new pedestrian plaza for a convention center invites attendees with an entry monument that slowly changes color throughout the evening.
The 1,000 foot long plaza is grounded by two large fountains at either end. Each fountain’s pumps, jets and RGB LED lighting are controlled by the centralized lighting control system of over 1,500 channels. The “Mountain Fountain” has a discreet program of color shifting independent from the other elements in the plaza.
The unifying theme of the plaza is a “River of Light,” a pattern of 300 DMX controlled RGB luminaires programmed to mimic the kinetic flow of water from one fountain to the other.
The “river” wends its way over 600 feet towards the convention center and the “Ocean Fountain” in the distance through a colonnade of palm trees. Every luminaire in the plaza is LED and is controlled by the centralized system with astronomical triggers. The system is adaptable for a limitless array of presets for different convention center events.
A central arbor area can change color independently from the “River of Light.”
The “Ocean Fountain” is controlled by the DMX lighting system, allowing for seamless integration of water and light movement.
Limitless color combinations and patterns of movement are possible through the control software, which can integrate special effects and video files into complex event sequences, triggered by an astronomical time clock.
Each jet of each fountain can shift color, allowing for multi-layered water feature events.
Through energy-efficient luminaires and sophisticated controls, the entire lighting design can provide limitless entertainment using less than 0.1 watts per square foot.