The goal of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board is to enhance the visitor experience and gain energy efficiencies and longevity from the LED lighting. The $4m upgrade of the previous Xenon lighting system will provide a 60% energy saving and the crisp, clear illumination will be up to 4-14 times brighter than the original system depending on which of the 18,000 available colours are projected. A consortium of companies implemented the project: ECCO Electric Ltd, Salex Inc, Mulvey & Banani Lighting Inc, Scenework and Stanley Electric. The illumination was unveiled to the public on 1 December, 2016.
Colin Kavanagh, general manager of Philips Entertainment Lighting, said, “This was a challenging and ambitious project for one of the top 10 most visited tourist attractions in the world. The beautiful night-time spectacle we helped create underlines the dependability and flexibility of our control systems and software to do more than just stage shows and concerts.”
“From the onset of the project we knew that we were going to need a robust theatrical lighting controller with an effects engine capable of producing the natural, fluid moments we desired,” said Alan McIntosh, senior lighting designer at Mulvey and Banani Lighting.
Ron Foley of Scenework recommended the Philips Strand Lighting NEO consoles, “We knew the NEO would be the ideal control platform for the unique requirements of this monumental project. We required individual DMX control of the fixtures and a simple touch screen operator interface so that volunteer operators could manage the display without the need for training on the console.”