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Upside down with iLight
11 Dec 2007 . BY
A new visitor attraction on the Spanish island of Majorca has been fitted with intelligent lighting control products from iLight.

The House of Katmandu is an interactive adventure-style attraction in the centre of Magaluf, which takes the form of a 1600sq m 'upside down' Tibetan-style mansion.

The control of lighting and other systems, including animatronics, was the responsibility of Essex-based technical design company, Technovations.

The usual approach to a job of this type with substantial lighting dimming would have been to use a show control system, which could be anything from a simple DMX replay unit to a sophisticated multitasking system.

This would normally control simple dumb dimmers, with the alternative being a number of smaller systems all running independently.

However, Technovations decided to adopt a different approach and use an intelligent dimming system from iLight.

The lighting changes specified varied from simple scene control in the main lobby and bar through to complex sequences choreographed to sound, video and animation, and triggered by timed events, buttons and sensors.

Lighting control was required for both themed lighting and work lights, and needed to interface with the fire alarm system. If an alarm is triggered or during an emergency, the dimmers resort to a preprogrammed event. The system also had to control show power sockets for animations, turntables, AV equipment, etc. Because of the number of sequences and the frequency of the commands being sent, Technovations decided to install four subnetworks.

In all, the attraction consists of 14 interior areas, plus six exterior areas and some individual control areas. Amongst other things, the iLight system controls motors, video, audio, architectural lighting, theatrical lighting, DMX fittings, smoke machines, animatronics, subcontrol systems and fans.

iLight kit used in the project includes a large touch-screen for the main control system and a button panel for managing the show from the lobby and some more immediate commands, as well as two dozen 12-channel 5A dimmers and countless 12-channel 10A contactors.

An astronomical time clock provides various timed functions, such as work lighting for cleaners, different scenes for lobby and bar, setting outside audio level according to the time of day, and turning on and off outside lighting.
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