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A good hotel will always aim to provide guests with a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Lighting plays a major role in the ambience of a hotel, and can often determine whether or not guests will return. The recently completed Marina Bay Sands


is an integrated resort hotel fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, the resort features a 2560-room hotel, 120000 sq-metre convention-exhibition centre, six restaurants, an art and science museum, two Sands Theatres, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1600 slot machines. Innovation and technical ingenuity are combined in the new lighting scheme for the project. The scheme has been designed by PLD (Project Lighting Design), a Singapore-based lighting consultancy. The 51-acre resort


was designed by renowned architect, Moshe Safdie. A striking feature of the hotel is the three tower design linked by glass atria. The hotel lobby runs through this base. There are no ceilings in towers one and two, as the towers taper upwards. This has created huge open spaces: the lobby in tower one measures twenty six metres across by fifty metres long, and tower two measures seventy metres long by twelve metres across. Tower three is approximately fifty metres long by eight metres across. PLD had the challenge of designing how


to best light these large open spaces. With no ceilings, using downlights, chandeliers or pendants was out of the question. The solution was to mount ‘light bars’ high up on the parapet wall of the guest corridors which overlook the atrium spaces (approximately 20m above floor level). As the light bars would be difficult to access once installed, PLD chose DMX controlled Director DR8 moving luminaires by Remote Controlled Lighting (RCL). The Director


DR8 is a remote controlled spotlight, which is controllable


The Helvar 920 Router system controls lighting in the public areas at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore


in pan, tilt and dimmer level using the hand-held controller, DMX or DALI. In total there are twenty DMX ‘universes’ required


to control all the moving lights. All the lights are tied into a single system by Helvar 920 Routers. The major advantage of choosing this option is that, during installation, all lights could be controlled wirelessly from anywhere in the lobby to focus and set the lighting levels appropriate to the environment. Light sensors in each tower turn on the lighting during the daytime, with a time clock for automatic control during the day and evening. Overrides have also been put in place in case of natural events such as thunderstorms. The Helvar 920 Router system controls all lighting in the public areas, including the entire length of the base of the three hotel towers, as well as at the Skypark area. General ambient lighting throughout the hotel is controlled by Helvar’s 458 dimmer, as are seventy-five guest suites of varying size. The system showcases lighting control to great effect as well as ensuring that energy saving is a top priority by using pre-programmed lighting levels and scenes that are set to optimum levels of comfort, performance and efficiency.


When tackling challenging hotel schemes, Lighting Designers frequently turn to Multiload Technology to overcome their toughest obstacles; which is why its products have featured in numerous recent landmark hotel projects including extensive use in the exciting renovation of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Multiload Technology is best known for the


VoltMaster intelligent transformer for low voltage lighting. For hotel scheme designers the remote sitting, stabilised voltage and greatly extended lamp life are powerful weapons against difficult access, listed building regulations and environmental concerns. These features make design and installation simpler and together ensure lower total cost of ownership for the operator following handover. VoltMaster was specified for all low-voltage halogen lighting at St Pancras for exactly these reasons. Multiload Technology's MoodMaker Scene Setting System is also a problem solver for the lighting designer confronted with a challenging hotel design. Built on the same philosophy as the VoltMaster, MoodMaker


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