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 an innovative installation of LED lighting and controls at Love Sculpture at Sakura Lake Sports Park, Weihai, China. Design by Enlighten Projects. Lighting by YD Illumination and cBright Lighting.
By the lake of a sports park stands a colossal light sculpture. Standing 42 meters tall, the flowing figure appears as if it has emerged out of the blue water. The torus-shaped sculpture has 12 lines of LED lights around its circumference. The 1,600 meters of LED RGB lights transform the sculpture into a magnificent circle of colors. Park users can interact with the sculpture by riding 12 bicycles that control the lighting pattern. Each bicycle responds to the sensor via control signal rate, and hence the lights change with the speeds of the bicycle riders.
Here are three modes that allow 12 bicycles to interact with the light sculpture differently:
- Cooperative Mode
12 bicycles control the overall animation of the lights which depends on the overall speed of the bikes. The faster the people ride, the quicker the lighting circles move. At the highest speed, the lighting is in full colors which lasts for 10 seconds then returns to its starting state.
- Single Competitive Mode
Each bike controls one light band with a specific color. As the rider speeds up, his light band will move more quickly around the circle. The first rider to achieve highest speed becomes the winner, and the lights of all the others change to the winner’s color.
- Group Competitive Mode
Similar to a tug-of-war, this mode provides for an interactive way for participants to compete in groups. The 12 bikes are divided into groups of two, consisting of 6 people each. Starting from the bottom, one group’s light moves clockwise while the other’s moves counterclockwise. The faster the group’s total speed, the faster the light band moves up. Once the two sets of lights meet, the color of the winning group will cover the entire circle.