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Case study- Anolis lights up Sofitel Gold Coast

Andrew Brister 11 July 2012

Anolis ArcPad Xtreme LED floods have been specified for a high-impact lighting installation illuminating the exterior of the Sofitel Hotel, Gold Coast Broadbeach, Australia. Sofitel is the premium brand properties of international hotel conglomerate, Accor. Such is their power and intensity, it takes just two of the new Anolis RGBW ArcPad Extremes to fill the 23-storey walls of the hotel with a wash of vivid colour.  The ArcPads replace four previous 1000 Watt discharge lightsources, bringing a fresh visuality to the hotel after dark, which now stands out like a beacon from the myriad of other tall buildings dotting the famous skyline. For all their light output, the power consumed by the ArcPads is a mere 580W per fixture at maximum intensity, representing a whopping 11 Amps less – or approximately a 65% reduction – across the whole installation.@page_break@One ArcPad Xtreme is positioned on a lower roof on the south side of the hotel and the other is mounted  on a pole on the north side of the building. The hotel’s chief engineer Alan Wallbanks approached Anolis distributors ULA seeking a more eco-friendly solution to bringing the hotel alive at night and to differentiate it from all the surrounding skyscrapers. Wallbanks is also in the process of implementing an energy and maintenance reduction programme across the entire Sofitel resort. The hotel looked at a number of different companies and products for the project, but Anolis was chosen for its intensity and the vibrancy of the colours.@page_break@The ArcPad Xtreme has been specifically designed by the Anolis team for large-area exterior installations like this. It has two independent LED modules densely populated with emitters that produce the mega-bright output, and is IP67 rated for outdoors installations. The RGBW LED combination produces a quality white light in addition to the dynamic palette of colours ranging from rich saturates to delicate pastels, while the homogenised light engine ensures a smooth, even coverage across the surface with no blockiness. ULA also supplied a wall-mounted DMX keypad controller, programmed to switch on at dusk. This also enables hotel staff to quickly and easily change colours and states as required for special events and functions.

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