Meyda Tiffany Lighting installs world’s largest LED chandelier
A giant chandelier for a performing arts center uses LED lighting to achieve significant energy savings.
The LEDs were supplied by ARAD, based in Utica, NY. According to Tullio Dell Aquila, a total of 200 Luxeon K2 devices were used for the center section, with 124 screw-in style E14 candelabra lamps for the outer fixtures. "The E14 LED screw-in lamps in the glass fire globes flicker to create a very realistic flame effect. The other interesting thing about the LED system incorporated into the fixture is that it is AC dimmable, so that the lighting system in the Stanley Theatre used to dim the house lights can also dim the chandelier," he said.
The fixture uses a total of 1,120 total watts (the equivalent of energy used for one drip coffeemaker), instead of conventional incandescent bulbs requiring 7,435 watts (energy equivalent of 17 refrigerators).
The fixture was assembled in several sections of tubular steel trusses, plus a dozen sections of other steel trusses, framework and decorative embellishments.
The chandelier, hand-finished in Antique Gold and Bronze, was designed to complement the theater’s Mexican baroque Moorish theme. Each truss includes a steel arm featuring a hand-painted green and white, red glass-eyed serpent spiraling down.
At the tip of each arm is a bobeche (eight in all), each with a diameter of 36 inches and designed to hold seven candles, ranging up to two feet in height. The bottom of each bobeche has been designed with a red and blue acrylic to coordinate with the nuances of the theater’s color scheme. Sculpted steel candlesticks simulating wax drippings, feature blown-glass diffusers replicating candletip flames.
The project also includes a Constant Tension Device that lowers the chandelier from the ceiling so it can be re-lamped, cleaned and maintained easily. The chandelier’s interior includes a catwalk that cannot be seen from below, but enables maintenance personnel to walk around the fixture.