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Cooper Lighting Solutions unite at the Coca-Cola Arena

Cooper Lighting Solutions unite at the Coca-Cola Arena

Cooper Lighting Solutions unite at the Coca-Cola Arena


Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena is being 100% LED lit through a combination of three lighting brands from Cooper Lighting Solutions, previously Eaton Lighting Systems. Zero 88 solutions are providing entertainment-style control, iLight solutions for architectural-style control and Ephesus LED sports lights. The tender requirement stipulated the specific sports lighting criteria required to maintain the correct lighting levels to be TV/broadcast friendly. The whole arena had to be properly lit in white as well as having the capability of being turned into an array of colours and textures. In all, 369 high-output LED fixtures were specified.

The various aspects of the projects were managed by Peter Coles, business manager, supported by Martin Piper, iLight International training and support manager, Jon Hole, Zero 88 product manager and Cooper Lighting Solution’s two EMEA project teams – one based in the UK, the other in Dubai. Together they oversaw the process from design to final delivery in close collaboration with UAE-based contractor, BMTC.

Three different types of LED fixtures are used in combination – 74 Ephesus Arena Pro Variable White, 191 Ephesus Prism RGBA fixtures and 104 LED profiles. These were carefully positioned around the venue to light the floor, seating stands and surrounding areas for both sporting and non-sporting events like concerts.

The Arena itself is divided into four key areas, each of which can then be subdivided into different sections allowing for multiple types of music shows and sporting events to be staged, but also allowing for weddings, corporate events, dinners and awards shows.

Each light is individually controllable and can be used in several different setups. In any situation, venue managers can change colour in the upper, middle and lower tiers of seating and across the arena floor, so the space can be illuminated and adjusted according to the specific event lighting requirements.

Credit 'Peter Coles'.
Credit 'Peter Coles'.

The primary control system offers architectural-style lighting control for day-to-day running. It’s based around an iLight touch screen controlling a Zero 88 ZerOS Server, which drives all the lighting scenes, cues and DMX setups and merges with the FLX lighting desk in the control room. Other touch screens are located in the security room and the VOC room. The whole system can also be controlled from the BMS system or via an app. For aisle and step lighting this custom-configured CLS control system is designed to be as straightforward as possible; combining the architectural and show lighting systems so that they can work independently or seamlessly together. All the different settings can be called up and tweaked via the touch screens.

The main roof catwalk features an IP-based Art-Net 4 system running on a dedicated IP fibre network that is controlling of all the sports and arena lighting either via the architectural control system, or via the in house FLX lighting console. In a concert scenario, visiting productions can bring in their own touring consoles and hook into the house system – in addition to their own production rigs – and take control of the Arena lighting for the duration of their show, using their touring desk accessing the in-house lights via Art-Net.

The Cooper Lighting Solutions team was very proud to be involved in this large and high-profile project. “The project encapsulates an array of firsts,” commented Coles. “It’s the first fully air-conditioned indoor multi-purpose arena in the Middle East, the first arena to be operating year-round in the region, the first EMEA project for Ephesus LED fixtures and the first project worldwide to unite Zero 88, iLight and Ephesus all together under Cooper Lighting Solutions.”

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