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Atlanta Botanical Gardens “LED Winter Wonderland” Exhibit Wins IES Lighting Control Innovation Award Of Merit

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. In the award’s second year (2012), 13 projects were recognized with an Award of Merit.

This month, we will explore the role that integrated lighting controls plays in an extraordinary LED winter exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Lighting design by CD+M Lighting. Lighting and controls by Lighting Science Group.

During the 2011 holiday season, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens worked with Lighting Science Group to create their seasonal lighting exhibit, “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” which featured green as both a primary festival color and as an operating energy principle. Nearly one million lights transformed the garden grounds into a winter wonderland, but the custom, computer-animated LED installation on the Great Lawn served as the display’s undisputed flagship finale. Dazzling forms of differentiating sizes and changing hues danced in tune to timeless Christmas carols entertaining visitors, designers and artists alike.

The brilliant LED fixtures transformed the Gardens into a breathtaking landscape that delighted thousands of visitors, all while preserving the sort of environmental integrity that does justice to the natural magnificence of the Garden’s living collections.

Designed in collaboration with a major design group, each of the LED fixtures incorporated on the Great Lawn used a mere 10 watts of energy while boasting the capacity to cast 16.7 million distinctive color shades. The LED fixtures also include integrated sound sensitivity capabilities which synced the bulbs’ color alterations with the viewers’ musical experiences to create a sensation of “choreographed” dance routines. By fusing LED technology and an unmatched eye for design, the team was able to turn architectural and artistic dreams into a brilliant winter wonderland reality.

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