Case study – GDS ArcSystem makes its Norwegian debut at the Olavshallen Auditorium16 May 2012
GDS ArcSystem has proved a star performer at the Olavshallen Auditorium in Trondheim, Norway in a refurbishment of the venue’s ageing auditorium lighting system. Olavshallen is a multi-purpose venue situated in the north of the city of Trondheim, Norway, close to the river Nidelva. With a total capacity of 1204 seats on two levels, the venue welcomes a multitude of disciplines including touring theatre, live music, dance and comedy.
Elektrik Solutions, GDS distributor for Norway, was approached by the technical team at Olavshallen to supply replacement fittings for the venue’s ageing auditorium lighting system. The brief was to supply a reliable, sustainable product that could be easily installed between performances, so as not to disrupt its busy performance schedule. The existing fittings were downlights and used standard 100W lamps which were proving inefficient and becoming increasingly hard to source. Petter Nilssen, sales manager for Elektrik, recommended the GDS ArcSystem 1Cell Pro adjustable fittings and wall panel for the job.
The Olavshallen technical team replaced the existing 100W downlights with 81 ArcSystem 1Cell fittings controlled by the innovative GDS ArcMesh wireless control network. The fittings, situated underneath the auditorium balcony, utilised the existing wiring infrastructure ensuring a quick and easy installation. An ArcSystem wireless button panel controller and transmitter were supplied, allowing the house lights to be controlled from anywhere in the theatre in addition to the DMX feed from its existing lighting desk.@page_break@
“ArcSystem was ideal for this job,” said Petter Nilssen. “It was chosen for its ability to dim from 100% to zero, and the fact that it could utilise the existing wiring infrastructure and could be installed in-house quickly and effectively. The installation was completed overnight by the in-house technical team, it was straight-forward, fast and the fittings worked immediately, the hardware and software were installed and communicated without any problem.” ArcSystem is a new range of LED auditorium lighting fixtures that are truly dimmable from 0% to 100% using the wireless ArcMesh protocol for control. This allows the ArcSystem to be retrofitted without the need to rewire the auditorium. The ArcSystem comes in a range of options for both recessed and surface mount, single cell to multi-cell including 1, 4 and 8 cell options. The optics are available in a range of beam angles including 19deg, 24deg and 37deg. Using high-efficiency optics and LEDs, GDS ArcSystem is able to produce a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) in excess of 92 with a range of colour temperatures.
The ArcSystem range has won numerous industry awards including, the LDI Best Green Product Award, the ABTT Lighting Product of the Year Award, the Theatres Trust People’s Choice Award for Sustainability, a PLASA Award for Innovation, and the PLASA Sustainability Award.