- The five-month renovation replaced the boathouses’ 8,000 expensive incandescent lights with a computerized system of 12,000 LED bulbs.
- The new system encompasses more than 12,000 individually controllable nodes of a flexible, LED-based “string light.” Each node is driven by custom-engineered Chromasic® microchip, allowing for intricate, colorful lighting sequences in addition to simple white light that closely matches the previous incandescent system. The LED-based system also features the benefits of long source life, durability, and reduced energy consumption, which translate to reduced operating costs.
- This state-of-the-art computerized system is safer, more energy efficient, durable, requires less maintenance, and actually emphasizes more architectural elements of the boathouses than before. The new system has saved Fairmount Park over $50,000 a year in bulb replacement and energy costs.
- The system is also light show capable and is authored and controlled by Light System Manager, an Ethernet-based software/hardware solution that facilitates the authoring, management and control of complex installations that may scale to thousands of individually controlled LED nodes.