MALL OF AFRICA, Shopping Mall
The Mall Of Africa is South Africa biggest shopping mall built in a single phase, with over 130,000 sq.m of retail space, and is home to over 300 shops, many of which are flagship stores. The Mall of Africa was designed to incorporate innovative and sustainable technologies and an ‘everything under-one-roof’ approach to shopping and entertainment. With the potential to accommodate 20 million visitors a year, the shopping centre demanded a sophisticated lighting control system with wide ranging capabilities. The Triac Intellibus solution was to install a state-of-the art lighting control system offering superior functionality and flexibility
First and foremost, The Mall of Africa asked for a lighting control system that would satisfy shopper expectations and enhance the shopping experience. Second, it needed control flexibility and diagnostic capabilities. Lighting such a large area is a challenge in itself and creating ambient lighting within different shopping, dining and entertainment areas of the centre added to the complexity of the project. Quick and easy configuration and the ability to quickly and easily configure lighting schemes in individual zones of the centre was also critical and called for a lighting control system with a high degree of functionality and flexibility. Importantly, the operation and management of the lighting for the entire centre needed to be straightforward. The lighting control system is readily integrated into the local area network (LAN), allowing for more flexible network solutions. Another key element of the lighting project was to deliver a lighting control system with built-in energy management features to match the centre’s sustainability policy.
“The Triac Intellibus advanced site-wide automated lighting control system has enhanced the shopping experience at The Mall of Africa”
Working closely with the electrical consultants, Rawlins Wales and Partners, the Triac team delivered an advanced state-of-the-art automated lighting control and energy management system that has enhanced The Mall of Africa as an iconic shopping destination.
The system also incorporates daylight harvesting to control lighting levels in areas of the shopping centre where natural light is available, which saves energy and money. Essentially, the system detects lux levels and transmits them to a controller that automatically dims artificial lighting according to the natural light levels available.
Intellibus ethernet gateways for seamless communication over a proprietary network connecting the various lightingcontrol panels great distances apart. The system incorporates over 200 plus lighting circuits, connected across 40 electrical DB’s in different locations on 5 different levels.
The lighting control system is configured and managed by Intellidim software and four AxiumTouch Screens located in the 4 different quadrants of the mall, which has made the operation and the management of the centre’s lighting control channels extremely straightforward. The intelligent software and graphical interface allows staff to identify every light, circuit and channel across the centre and car park and make live changes with ease. A further advantage of the system is its WiFi functionality, which allows MOA staff to configure lighting schemes and make adjustments on the spot via a hand held device from the shopping floor. The automatic programming of lighting schemes around the centre’s trading activity means lighting only comes on when and where it is needed.
MOA says the lighting system has delivered on all counts – from an operational, diagnostic and energy management perspective. The lighting control system has made an extremely complex system of over 200 lighting control channels easy to operate and manage. Daylight harvesting – in such a great local climate is saving energy and money daily. An enhanced shopping experience overall, the lighting control system has effectively enhanced the shopping experience and has set the benchmark for future shopping centre projects.