Illuminating an Iconic North American Landmark
We're thrilled with our participation in the recent upgrade and enhancement of the lighting of the Niagara Falls! The project, which features cutting-edge LED technology, is the first upgrade in over 20 years. The Niagara Falls Illumination Enhancement Team, spearheaded by Salex president Nick Puopolo, is comprised of several prominent lighting and construction industry leaders. The team represents local, Canadian and American companies on this international endeavour, and includes: Michael Smolyansky, Applications Manager, Salex; Paul Boken, VP and Alan McIntosh, Senior Designer of Mulvey & Banani Lighting; Ed Gesch, President of ECCO Electric; Ron Foley, Scenework; and LED lighting products manufactured by Stanley Electric.
The new solution dramatically improves the visitor experience by boosting the average lighting levels by up to three times and sufficiently improving the lighting's overall uniformity. The new lighting system allows for a universal control protocol, creating endless possibilities when it comes to scalability of the system. The integration of custom user interfaces also provides the ability for the public to interact with what is projected onto the Falls. In addition, the new lighting helps reduce the Falls' current energy consumption by 60 per cent!
The newly installed lights were unveiled to the public on the evening of December 1st, 2016.
Niagara Falls Illumination Enhancement Team
Comprised of several prominent lighting and construction industry leaders, the team represents local, Canadian and American companies on this international endeavor.
Linus MacDonald, hired by the Illumination Board in 1995 as their lighting consultant, played a major role in the direction and quality control of the new Solid State LED lighting solution.
Niagara Falls Illumination Enhancement Design
The first permanent installation of Twenty-Four Arc lights took place on February 24th 1925. These were replaced on June 20th 1958, with new Carbon Arc lamps fixtures.
In the early 1970's the fixture were replaced once again utilizing a Xenon Gas lamps. This new system also included the first permanent coloured lighting solution. A blade colour controller was added which introduced combination of Red, Amber, Green and Blue light to Niagara Falls.
In 1997 a newer more efficient Xenon lamps was installed in the existing fixtures to improve the performance. That lighting system only offered a total of 21 zones of control, 10 across the American Falls and 11 across the Canadian Falls, producing a total of 5 colour combinations.
A new LED solution, unveiled on December 1, 2016, dramatically improved the visitor experience by boosting the average lighting levels 3 to 14 times the previous system, depending on the colors projected. The design also improved the overall uniformity by 75 times. Additionally, this maintenance-free solution reduced the Falls' energy consumption by 60 percent and the upgraded LEDs provided a minimum 25-year lifespan.
The new system is comprised of very narrow beam, high intensity LED luminaires arranged in groupings. This grouped approach allows for precise light distribution, as each cluster is divided into adjustable quadrants improving the overall uniformity across the entire falls.
The new LED lighting system provides a total of 350 zones of control, 120 across the American Falls and 230 across the Canadian Falls. Each control zone is equipped with separate Red, Green, Blue and White LED luminaires. A total of 1,400 individual luminaires are used and together provide the ability to produce up to 16,777,000 different colours combinations.
The universal control protocol offers endless possibilities when it comes to scalability of the system. This provides the Niagara Falls Illumination Board the ability to astronomically schedule lighting scenes and synchronize the lighting with surrounding events, festivals and public attractions. The integration of a custom user interfaces also provides the ability for the public to interact with the experience and the illumination projected onto the falls.
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