Hospitality/Leisure, Lighting Controls

120,000 sq ft illuminated by Bluetooth mesh light

Westerner Park in Central Alberta
Located in the picturesque city of Red Deer, Westerner Park is Central Alberta's largest trade show, agriculture, entertainment and sports facility.

ONE OF the largest installations of Bluetooth mesh lighting controls has been unveiled in Canada.

Located in the picturesque city of Red Deer, Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest trade show, agriculture, entertainment and sports facility. 

For more than 125 years, it has been a destination of choice for locals gathering to celebrate all kinds of community events. Just recently, it has also become home to some of the biggest Bluetooth mesh lighting control networks.

Each year, Westerner Park hosts approximately 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors. 

It’s a 320-acre complex with multiple venues tailored to meet the diverse needs of the local community. 

From weddings and banquets to hockey games and agricultural shows, they are ready to host any event. 

For its major lighting retrofit, the owners wanted to address the recurring maintenance issues with the existing T5 fixtures, as well as to increase the light level and reduce energy consumption.

The first stage of the retrofit covered the following five facilities: 

Stockmens Pavilion (42,400 sq feet)

Prairie Pavilion (31,000 sq feet)

Parkland Pavilion (37,000 sq feet)

Salon A (3,300 sq feet)

Salon B (3,300 sq feet)

First, the existing T5 fixtures were replaced with EiKO LED high bay luminaires. 

Once installed, the luminaires were divided into groups, with each group controlled by a Bluetooth SIG-qualified Fulham EliteControl fixture controller. 

In each of the pavilions, a single EnOcean wireless energy harvesting switch was deployed to allow for controlling all of the luminaires at once. 

Contractor 1st Star Electric Systems took care of the commissioning process, using Fulham’s eliteBlue app to set up the entire installation. 

Developed in cooperation with Silvair, the eliteBlue app allows for fast commissioning, customising, and monitoring of Bluetooth mesh luminaires.

The first stage of the lighting overhaul was completed quicker than expected. This encouraged Westerner Park to launch preparations for another stage of the project. 

As part of it, fluorescent fixtures will be replaced in all of the remaining pavilions. This stage will also cover all the exterior area lights.

 Like previously, the lighting control system will be entirely wireless and based on the globally interoperable Bluetooth mesh standard. 

This allows Westerner Park to minimise the cost and disruption caused by the retrofit.