Philips Strand Lighting NEO Consoles control new LED illumination at Niagara Falls
Thursday, December 1, 2016
by Philips Strand Lighting

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On December 1, 2016, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board debuted the new energy efficient LED illumination of the Falls controlled by two Philips Strand Lighting NEO Lighting Control Consoles.  These new lights provide more than twice the previous lighting levels, a wider spectrum of color and allowed for programmable lighting through the flexible Neo system.  Lighting effects such as sunrise, sunset and the Aurora Borealis can be easily displayed on the Falls nightly using the Neo Consoles. The new lights also provide a more consistent lighting effect on both sides of the Falls. 

Niagara Falls

Comprised of several prominent lighting and construction industry leaders, the team represents local, Canadian and American companies on this international endeavor.

Niagara Falls Lighting
The Niagara Falls Lighting Team included:
Nick Puopolo, President & Lighting Certified professional (LC) & Michael Smolyansky, P. Eng., LC, LEED AP, Salex
Paul Boken, Vice President &  Alan McIntosh, Senior Designer, Mulvey & Banani Lighting (MBL) 
Ed Gesch, President, ECCO Electric Ltd
Ron Foley, Scenework
Stanley Electric Co., LTD.
Linus MacDonald, Lighting Consultant, Illumination Board

Read more about the Niagara Falls Lighting Team

“Whether you are lighting your high school musical or Niagara Falls…

…the Strand Neo provides the designer and programmer with the tools needed to get the job done right. Accompanied with a familiar and friendly operating system the new custom paint box application provides a simplified operation to a complex design.”


 Niagara Falls Lighting

While the Neo consoles provide the dynamic fade engine for the Falls, the triggering is done by touchscreen interfaces build from Neo’s Mobile Interface Builder. This is the new user configurable interface that triggers any available Neo command and became available on Neo software version 3.7. These Mobile Interface Builder files live on 2 separate PCs that each have a 22” touchscreen monitor.  Activating any button or slider on the touchscreen in turn will activate the appropriate command on the Neo Playback Controller.  The touchscreens are run by volunteer operators so they had to be simple to use.  There is even a touchscreen layout that the operators make available to public tours so that the public can trigger colors on the Falls themselves.  There is one touchscreen for the American Falls and one for the Canadian Falls so they can be triggered separately from different cue lists on the Neo.


Media Coverage
Niagara Falls unveils new LED lighting system, CBS News
Niagara Falls light show gets $3.1M overhaul, USA Today
Niagara Falls lights get $4M LED upgrade, Huffington Post Canada


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Photo Credit: Bobby Harrell

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