Hong Kong-based lighting designer, Light Directions, has specified a number of Remote Controlled Lighting (RCL)‘s Director DR7 spotlights for use in the Grand Ballroom at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.
Situated in the heart of Shanghai’s fast-growing financial district and close to the historic bund, the 326-guest room luxury hotel is the most recent in the upmarket Mandarin Oriental Group to open. Its multi-functional spaces include two ballrooms – the larger of which, the Grand Ballroom, has a capacity of 500 guests.
Light Directions specified 72 of RCL’s DR7 spotlights for the Grand Ballroom, which can be reconfigured into three smaller areas for meetings, conferences, weddings and product launches.
The DR7 is a fully-recessed remote-controlled spotlight, adjustable in pan, tilt and dim level, and designed so that no physical components protrude below the ceiling line. The light is widely used in the hospitality industry, where fast turnaround is essential to accommodate changes of use in large, and often high-ceiling, spaces where using ladders, scaffolding or mechanical lifts is impractical.
When tables are repositioned, the luminaires can be adjusted quickly to suit the new layout from floor level, using RCL’s simple hand-held remote or its award-winning iDirect lighting control app, which was released earlier this year. Lighting Directions opted for DMX for central scene control, with a smooth dimming range from 5-100% with dimming for each individual LED spotlight.
Lighting designer, Alvin Fung, says: “RCL’s DR7 recessed spotlight was selected for use at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai for many reasons – not least because the ceiling height of the ballroom is nearly 10m, and our previous experience with this brand has led us to trust their reliability and ease of use.
“This avoids the time delays produced in using scaffolding or a cherry picker before an event or banquet set-up and light focusing. Hotel staff can easily do the focus adjustment and see it from the ground level – there is no need to hire additional equipment from others.”
Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is now the 26th hotel within Shanghai and the ninth Mandarin Oriental hotel to install RCL fittings.