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 application of lighting controls in nonresidential spaces.
This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play in facilitating the education experience in a lecture hall at Wake Technical Community College’s Northern Wake Campus. Lighting and control design by David B. Williams, Jon Cardenas and Anthony J. Garcia, lighting designers with Clark Nexsen, and Josh Allen of Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Inc. Lighting controls by ETC (Architectural DMX Controls, Wall Stations, Touch Screen, Wireless Network – ETC Unison Paradigm, Theatrical Dimming Rack – ETC Sensor AF 48 Module 96 Circuit, Dimming Rack with ETC ELTS2 Emergency Lighting Transfer System DMX Controls – ETC Element w/ 1 touchscreen monitor & 1 secondary standard monitor & remote). Photography by Brandon Sewell of Clark Nexsen.
Designers were tasked with providing a low maintenance, energy efficient “lecture hall” in a new academic building that included as many “auditorium” performance features as economically possible. This was achieved with fifty 86W, 5376 lumen, 40° spread, diffuse lensed, DMX dimmable, 3500K LED cylinders suspended between wood panels providing illumination for various learning and performance functions.
House lighting controls are integrated with the performance dimming system, providing seamless controls during performances for smooth fades or quick pops. Each fixture is independently addressed allowing the stage manager to focus light exactly where desired.
LED linear fixtures at the top and bottom of 8 windows and 5 faux windows set the mood, mimic daylight or augment performances, bringing the “stage” into the audience.
In the center of the audience, the control booth is equipped with a performance grade DMX controller, allowing the stage manager complete control of house and performance lighting.
When the stage manager is not present, untrained users can operate a simplified password protected touchscreen controller to recall and save presets, raise and lower shades or adjust lighting zones.
Color coded LED controls are provided at each entrance and catwalk for pre-programmed scene calls and zone toggle; these lockout and change to blue when the room is set to “performance mode”. The system includes a Wi-Fi interface for control via mobile applications and wireless remote.
Fixtures align with the raised ceiling above the stage.
Fluorescents are switched backstage and above catwalks for maintenance.
Blue LED aisle lights provided for performance operators.
White LED aisle lights provided for performance egress. During an emergency, select circuits including non-dimming emergency-only LED cylinders are energized by generator via an automatic transfer switch.