The Ipswich Civic Centre has a longstanding relationship with the city of Ipswich. It is a much loved touring performance, corporate function and community event venue. When the house lighting was experiencing ongoing failures and narrow maintenance cycles, the centre required a new technology solution.
The resulting “shootout” allowed the Digilin LED technology to demonstrate its exceptional light output, and initiated discussion about the venue lighting needs. The new lighting system had to meet a criteria beyond outstanding performance and reliability.
The fixtures needed remarkable lumen delivery and superior beam control to accommodate the 14.5m high ceiling, while achieving a minimum 250 lux at 1m above floor level. Smooth dimming, genuine warm colour temp, and seamless integration with the existing control infrastructure were also essential.
After some onsite testing, the Digilin Freedom 140 was demonstrated with an 18 degree lens. The resulting lux levels using this 40 watt device, were comparable to the levels achieved with the installed 300w halogen par lamps. The combination of the Freedom LED downlight with Digilin control gear easily met the demands of the venue.
The team at Digilin worked closely with the venue to develop custom adaptor plates, enabling the new fixtures to be installed into the original enclosures. Digilin engineers designed control interfaces to enable integration of the new DALI controlled downlights into the existing DMX infrastructure.
The technical team at Digilin supported the venue throughout installation and commissioning of the new system, until sign off by the venue technical manager. The system has not required any maintenance or service calls to date.