Grand Hyatt Melbourne features LED walls and panels

Sept. 27, 2005
Color-changing LED walls and escalators are among the features of a refurbished hotel in Melbourne, Australia.
LED panels in foyer The Grand Hyatt, one of the most prestigious entertainment and accommodation venues in Melbourne, Australia, has recently undergone six months of extensive renovations to the Level 8 Banquet floor. The hotel's magnificent new Savoy Ballroom, Mayfair Ballroom and pre-function area feature the most sophisticated technology, wedded with impressive interior design.

An intimate and comfortable atmosphere throughout the ballroom and foyer areas was created using kinetic lighting and video. This vision was realised by lighting designer, Mike Huggins, from Light Directions in Hong Kong. Mike’s concepts for lighting control relied heavily on a total integration of all kinetic light sources and functional lighting – including an eclectic blend of incandescent, metal halide, fluorescent and LED light sources - but with a simple front end.

Lightmoves were invited to offer specification for a control system that could achieve these objectives, within the tight budget constraints. Lightmoves’ Technical Director, Andrew Sherar, found that not only did the Hyatt require control of the standard light sources, but they also needed to control colour changing LEDs and DMX-controlled moving lights.

Snazzy escalator

Lightmoves proposed a system including 240 channels of ‘Dual Port’ dimming, controlling incandescent and fluorescent lighting, various LED controllers, 14 LCD touch screens, push button panels, 12 Enttec DMX Streamers and a DMX patch bay.

During the development of the control solution, Lightmoves became aware of the need to integrate the colour-changing feature lighting into the system. They proposed a number of alternate fixtures that could be directly controlled via the Dynalite system. Total control via this Dynalite system provided the potential for substantial cost savings and significantly improved performance of the specified fittings

Foyers and escalators The most striking features of the project are the colour changing LED feature glass panels in the ballroom foyers and escalators. Lightmoves worked closely with glass specialists Toucan Glass to develop mesmerizing back-lit glass features along the main pre-function wall, column and escalators.

LED ceiling lights Almost 70 LEDion colour changing MR16 LED downlighters were installed behind the textured glass panels. 48 LEDion Ultra LU6 (6 X 1W LED) MR16 luminaires were used in the foyer walls, while 20 Ultra LU3 (3 x 1W LED) MR16 luminaires were used in the escalators. These were driven by Anolis ArcPower36 drivers (12 and 5 respectively).

Using Martin LightJockey, Lightmoves programmed a variety of colour-changing sequences. These were recorded into Enttec Streamer DMX recorders and are simply triggered via Dynalite touchscreens.

The Mayfair Ballroom’s walls were originally specified with colour changing LED spotlights to create a wall washing effect. Joe Casamento, Lightmoves’ Project Manager, states “We asked the client if they had considered colour changing fluorescents instead of LED spotlights. The Martin Cyclo Directional fittings offer brighter output, wider coverage and are not quite as expensive. After several site tests they were quickly convinced!”

However, the ceiling panels in the Ballroom feature LED alcove colour washing, using Osram Colormix RGB LED strips running directly off Dynalite LED controllers.