Times Square Casino

MALL OF AFRICA, Shopping Mall
June 5, 2018

Times Square Casino


“Shines with advanced lighting control system”

{As featured in LIGHTING IN DESIGN Magazine (May/June 2017 issue)}

Sun International’s dazzling Time Square Casino opened to great fanfare on April 1, 2017.

Being Sun International’s largest investment in a casino development in 15 years and, being part of the green Menlyn Maine precinct, this is a landmark project.

Critical to selecting the most appropriate lighting control system organisation for the complex was Triac’s proven track record with similar casino projects. The technical requirements, and advanced LED lighting design required a company that could think out of the box. Triac & Intellibus were challenged to design a system that was flexible and able to easily manage multiple LED control protocols. Ultimately Intellibus designed bespoke PWM Lighting Control Panels to handle the complexity of simultaneously controlling vast array RGBW (red, green, blue, white) LED strip lighting loads to create a myriad of synchronised colours.

Striking the right balance between functional and special effect lighting was also of paramount importance as lighting control plays a big role in creating an exciting yet functional environment. Triac worked hard with the professional team to ensure that the lighting control was innovative and flexible and allowed quick changes, dramatic effects and seamless operation.

The casino floor spans over 7530 square metres on two levels and its widest point, its massive roof spans 85 m and covers over 10 000 m2 . In an installation that is altogether striking, what stands out upon entry to the casino are the matrices of LED channels that form patterns of light on both floors of the casino and abut a mesh of fibre optic lighting that encompasses the central bar area. Each of the channels links to a downlighter, of which there are many to ensure the correct lumen levels to the gaming tables, while strategically placed dimmable infinity mirror tunnel LED lamps add to the extraordinary effect. The concept of using geometric patterns of light and colour sequencing to create special effects was very successful. The different colours and contrasts subtly change the atmosphere; stimulating a variety of feelings, moods and emotions; disrupting circadian cycles and keeping people alert and excited. This is the opportunity a casino affords and is what sets Times Square Casino apart.

“The Triac Intellibus advanced lighting control system seamlessly integrates every aspect of the sophisticated Time Square Casino lighting needs.”

The lighting control system cycles through 26 scenes each day to create the chosen colours and the cross-fade between colours is completely seamless. Lighting control was central to the success of the installation, not only for the smooth and continuous scene changes but also a system that would deliver maximum energy saving.

The Intellibus system is 100% South African designed and manufactured giving the client the satisfaction of supporting local industry as well as the security and peaceof mind of ongoing savings and convenience of local support.

Intellibus 10A PWM dimming modules control the RGBW LED Strip lighting channels, whilst Intellibus Leading Edge LED low power dimmer modules control all the LED downlights. The four-channel PWM dimmers offer direct linear LED control for precise and predictable control of each lighting channel. With over 800 channels, the installation is substantial.

There are in excess of 40 dimming panels, neatly divided into eight board locations, each controlling a particular segment of the casino floor on both levels. Each segment has a Intellibus Master Commander, and all the controllers are linked on their own dedicated networks to create one robust prevailing integrated system. The system also interfaces various third-party systems, such casino’s main control system to create special effects for special occasions – such as flashing and lights to celebrate a jackpot wins – or for specific colours for themed occasions such as Christmas.

The lighting control system extends into the periphery, including all of the restaurants, to ensure these light levels are maintained and controlled to complement the casino floor. Triac also managed the complete installation, integration and commissioning of the system throughout, working closely with the LYT Architects, CKR Consulting Engineers & Edison Power Electrical. With this team and countless other contributors, the lighting fantasy that is Times Square Casino was realised, meeting the brief, within the budget and handed over within the short timelines.

The Times Square Casino Triac Intellibus System integrated control system continues to offer reliability, flexibility and efficiency to ensure the complex continues to be a world-class destination.

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