Feature, IoT/Smart Lighting, Outdoor

Bluetooth mesh reaches new heights in Vegas

Components with the Silvair firmware were used to retrofit the lighting system in the iconic Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S.

A BLUETOOTH Mesh network lighting network has been  installed inside one of North America’s most spectacular structures.

On the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Tower, an indoor observation deck offers stunning wraparound views of the Las Vegas Valley.

Components with the Silvair firmware were used to retrofit the lighting system in the iconic Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S.

Rising majestically over the Las Vegas skyline, the 350 metre Stratosphere Tower is the city’s signature attraction.

On its 108th floor, an indoor observation deck offers stunning wraparound views of the Las Vegas Valley.

It includes food and beverage outlets, and provides plenty of space for visitors. The observation deck itself was remodeled in July 2019. This was followed by a lighting retrofit carried out in November.

The owner wanted an easy way to functionally create independent lighting scenes without having to wire in a control system. The Bluetooth mesh lighting control protocol was the solution.

As part of the retrofit, precisely 100 LED downlights were installed across the space.

They were divided into 11 groups, with each group controlled by a Bluetooth SIG-qualified Fulham EliteControl fixture controller.

The component provides downlights with Bluetooth mesh connectivity and full lighting control capabilities. The system was set up using eliteBlue,

Fulham’s smartphone app for commissioning, customising, and monitoring mesh-connected luminaires.

High- and low-light scenes were then created for each zone to allow for different mood lighting.

With visitors from all over the world storming the observation deck on a daily basis, it was important to minimise the duration of the retrofit project, and to prevent any serious disruption in the already-remodeled space.

Wireless controls powered by Silvair and the Bluetooth mesh standard met these requirements, enabling a quick retrofit with no cables or central control boxes.

In November, the number of Bluetooth SIG-qualified mesh products available on the market increased to more than 400.