DMX control for 4,500 lights at mammoth ballroom

A huge ballroom without an pillars
The huge pillarless ballrooms at Caesars Forum are home to one of the largest single installations of DMX controlled tuneable white lights.

DMX control is to be used to control the 4,500 luminaires at one of the largest pillarless ballrooms in the world.

The Caesars Forum conference centre on the Las Vegas strip spans a mammoth 51,000 square metres (550,000 square feet) and features 28,000 square metres (300,000 square feet) of flexible meeting space. 

As part of the cutting-edge technology integrated into the new event space, Caesars Forum  is home to one of the largest single installations of DMX controlled tuneable white lights. 

The Creston building control system installed and commissioned by NTA and Pulse features over 4,500 DMX lighting fixtures from Spectrum Lighting, Moda Light and Signify, with every fixture capable of being individually controlled.

This has been made possible by dividing the facility’s lighting needs into seven core Pharos DMX systems commanded by the main Crestron control system. 

With systems for each of the four ballrooms, pre-function spaces, boardrooms and exteriors, this offers a high resolution of individual fixture control or zoned group control. 

The ballroom’s flexible configurations adapt to the client’s needs, as does the lighting system.

This flexibility is key to the event space at Caesars Forum  as the amount of space used can be scaled up or down dependent on client needs. 

The two largest ballrooms can each be divided into 38 sections, while the two smaller ballrooms can be split into 22 sections. 

This is achieved through the use of more than two miles of airwalls. Each small section can have up to 11 zones of light based on the room’s size and configuration.  

As rooms combine to make larger rooms, the system adapts to combine the lighting zones into the user’s Crestron Control interface. 

The main component of the Pharos control system is its all-in-one controller the Pharos Lighting Playback Controller (LPC). 

The LPC features individually controllable and independently running timelines and scenes, allowing for the build of dynamic and customisable pre-programmed lighting effects, as well as on demand control of brightness and colour temperature for any individual zone of fixtures

The most important four ballrooms each use the Pharos LPC X controller, which offers an unprecedented level of power and integration for landmark lighting installations, with a significant number of channels. 

The remaining pre-function spaces, conference rooms and exterior lighting are controlled using Pharos LPC 2 controllers combined with multiple EDN 20 (Ethernet Data Node) DMX distribution units, offering scalable and cost-effective Ethernet-distributed DMX ports, ideal for large projects.

Thomas Ladd, International Sales Director for Pharos Architectural Controls said: ‘Caesars Forum  is one of the most spectacular event spaces Pharos has worked in. The pillarless ballrooms are incredibly impressive, and it was a privilege to contribute to the success of this project. 

 ‘The technology of the lighting system, the advanced network and AV systems all came together because of a highly effective team of people and Pharos was delighted to be a part of this. 

‘National Technology Associates essentially acted as a team leader, bringing together all of the elements of the project including the installation and the integration. The project ran smoothly because of their expert project management.’

Project team:

  • Primary Architect – KGA Architecture (Lee Norsworthy and Chelsea Lavell)
  • Primary Engineer – FEA Consulting Engineers (JJ Wisdom)
  • Lighting Designer – Jon Langrell – John Levy Lighting Productions
  • Primary Construction firm – Penta Building Company
  • Primary Lighting Fixture Manufacturer/s – Spectrum Lighting, Moda Light, Signify
  • Building Control System – Crestron
  • Lighting Control System – Pharos Architectural Controls (5x LPC X, 3x LPC 2, 7x EDN 20)
  • Systems Integrator/Systems Design – National Technologies Associates
  • A/V and Lighting Programmers – Pulse
  • Electrical Contractor – Bombard Electric