2023 at Lightmoves

2023 at Lightmoves
30th November, 2023 Lightmoves

From bespoke features to award-winning restorations; from the ice rink to the Recital Centre, we have had another busy year at Lightmoves.


We are so proud of our team, who have gone above and beyond to deliver unique solutions across lighting control, LED and theatre technology.


Here are just a few of our highlights for 2023!

Lightmoves was briefed to deliver an ‘elevated experience’ at Strato Melbourne by projecting an aerial view of Melbourne which would evoke a feeling of flying as guests exit the lift and approach the bar.

The high resolution, dynamic result exemplifies the power of lighting control and projection. The installation connects Strato to the surrounding cityscape, with scenery shifting in real-time according to the time of day and local weather.

Eight #Epson EV-115 projectors showcase sixteen possible scenes. Great care was taken by the technical team to align, geometrically map and blend output within limited spatial parameters.

Lighting control a big win for heritage conservation

The Prahran Arcade Façade and the Royal Exhibition Building, each with new lighting control by Lightmoves, both won the Award for Heritage – Conservation at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards 2023.

Two Lightmoves’ projects were featured in the Melbourne Design Week exhibition Melbourne Now: Civic Architecture. 

Award-winning projects, the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (right) and Broadmeadows Town Hall (left), made up 2 of 5 architectural studies on display at the The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Lightmoves provided a lighting control system for the Geelong Library which enhanced the sustainability & functionality of its state-of-the-art design.

Lightmoves was also involved in the provision of lighting control for the ‘glowing cube’ annex added to the Town Hall during its comprehensive refurbishment. The lighting displays, programmed to commemorate community events, have been credited with visually uniting the community and adding a welcome element of surprise to the beloved space.

Broadmeadows Town Hall glass cube building is seen from across the street illuminated in red, pink and blue

Open House Melbourne threw open the doors to Melbourne’s most intriguing buildings, featuring almost a dozen Lightmoves projects.

OHM 2023 featured several projects Lightmoves has been involved in, including Bunjil Place (left), Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, City Link (Control Room), Collingwood Yards (right), Federation Square, ACMI, NGV, the Shrine of Remembrance and the Capitol Theatre.

Lightmoves was proud to have been involved in lighting control for 5 winning & commended projects across 5 categories, announced at the Victorian NECA Awards in July.

  •  A stunning luxury home made ZELO Group a winner in the residential category.
  • New state-of-the-art head office and laboratories for CSL Melbourne won Prime Electrical & Data Services the award under large commercial projects.
  • Kane Constructions Pty Ltd HQ at 510 Church St led to a win for ODM Electrical Contractors Pty Ltd in Lighting Design & Construct.
  • St. Germain, a stand-out mixed-use development on Toorak’s historic shopping strip, won LANEC Services Pty Ltd the award under medium commercial projects.
  • Southern Cross Austereo‘s cutting-edge Southbank recording studio & offices won SKS Technologies a commendation in the small commercial category (pictured right).

The NECA Awards are the electrical and communications industry’s highest accolade, recognising outstanding achievements which represent excellence and professionalism.

The latest stage in a $355m redevelopment of Knox Westfield was revealed in November, crowned by a dynamic oculus feature illuminated by Lightmoves.

Initially conceptualised by Electrolight, the design was developed by Fredon in collaboration with the Scentre Group. Designers specified subtle, hourly colour-changing sequences inside the oculus, intended to simulate the circadian rhythm with effects such as sunrise, midday, dusk and sunset.

The lightmoves team supplied and commissioned sophisticated lighting control for the oculus that allows for finely tuned colour adjustment and energy saving measures, as well as integration with the wider network at Knox.

The combination of flexible lighting control and high-quality fixtures allowed Lightmoves to deliver a refined lighting feature. The oculus succeeds in distinguishing the new development without overwhelming visitors or detracting from the lived-experience of the space.

Westfield Knox Oculus Dome Lighting Design illumination skylight

Knox Wesfield Oculus Feature

The Lightmoves team had a fantastic night out in Melbourne as a sponsor for the IESANZ Lighting Society Awards.

Our team was involved in lighting control for several project entrants, including –

  • Prahran Arcade Facade (Glowing Structures)
  • Victoria Park Lake (RHA Holdings)
  • The Social Quarter Iconic Entry (ADP)
  • The Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades (About Space Lighting)
  • AAMI Park Sports Lighting (Aurecon)
  • 17 Spring Street (ElectroLight)
  • MCA Feature Lighting Upgrade (Aurecon)
  • Melbourne University Student Precinct (Schuler Schook)

The team were pleased to support the entrants and witness some deserving wins, such as RHA Holdings’ ‘People’s Choice’ win for Victoria Park Lake (below), and commendations awarded to Aurecon (AAMI Park), Glowing Structures (Prahran Arcade) and Electrolight (17 Spring St).

We had a fantastic time celebrating the many achievements of the Victorian lighting community over 2023 and supporting the IES ANZ as sponsors for another year.


2023 saw an unforgettable Women’s World Cup hosted in Melbourne’s AAMI Park Stadium, where the Matilda’s drew in huge crowds for the semi-final match against England.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks unveiled a range of improvements to AAMI Park in the run up to the world cup.

Lightmoves provided power control and a PDTS touchscreen via EQUANS for the fantastic new curved videoboards, and created custom FIFA WWC-themed media for the roof.

Lightmoves was also instrumental in deploying controls for 320 new Philips Dynalite ArenaVision sport lights, ensuring compliancy to FIFA broadcast standards.

Fortress Sydney took over Fortress Melbourne as the largest video games and entertainment venue in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lightmoves was involved in lighting control for both projects, with Fortress Sydney being completed in April this year. Both are entertainment powerhouses packed with the latest technology and decked out with custom themed design elements.

In Sydney, Lightmoves was involved in the supply and commissioning of DALI-controlled fittings throughout the area, which can host 1000 patrons over 2 floors.

“Fortress is by nature, a hub for the tech-savvy”, CX Magazine reported. “Packed with myriad elite gaming PCs, peripherals and addressable lighting, the word ‘performance’ was on the lips of every supplier involved in the project.”

From the sci-fi themed bar to the Tavern, lighting control allows Fortress Sydney out-of-this-world flexibility and efficiency, supporting its entertainment and hospitality goals.

New student accommodation by IGLU opened in Sydney with a comprehensive Dynalite lighting control system supplied and commissioned by Lightmoves.

With students living and studying onsite 24/7, the Lightmoves team took care to get the balance right in the many unique zones at IGLU, including the lobby and common areas, study rooms, gym, EOT, rooftop, external façade and landscaped gardens.

Lighting control ultimately allowed IGLU to maximise comfort, security and energy efficiency. Through careful collaboration with FPOV and the electrical contractor NOS Group, we delivered a lighting solution which ensures IGLU is a reliably safe and functional place for young people to thrive.

A modern chandelier was the finishing touch bringing interest to an atrium connecting office spaces at 637 Flinders St Melbourne.

Lightmoves commissioned Dynalite and Pharos lighting control for the chandelier, creating a range of customisation options to facilitate creativity and ease-of-use.

Visable from Flinders St in Melbourne’s CBD, the chandelier display can be customised to suit different celebrations and commemorative events.

Luxurious end of trip facilities were completed at 179 Queen St, featuring illuminated wayfinding that was custom-built by Lightmoves.

Lightmoves manufactured the luminous panels using a SpaceCannon Magic Panel System with DALI controlled 90+ 3000K White LED. The team also commissioned Dynalite DALI control for the entire end of trip project, encompassing a suite of lockers, change room facilities and bike racks.

A luxurious new dining and entertainment precinct, the Social Quarter, was officially opened at Chadstone Shopping Centre in March. Lightmoves completed Dynalite lighting control for 3 exciting projects within the precinct – Piccolina Gelateria, Urban Alley Brewery and the public terrace space.

The Social Quarters’ cohesive design seamlessly integrates 17 new venues, with a light-filled public terrace tying the space together.

Lightmoves provided lighting control with Dynalite and linked the terrace in with BMS for time scheduling. Integration was a breeze – public spaces within the centre operate entirely under a Dynalite system.

The home of Australian ice hockey got a new audio system – thanks to some brave Lightmoves team members willing to venture onto ice with a boom lift!

The team were onsite for a chilly 5 am start and completed removal and installation in just 2 days so the venue could continue operation over a busy weekend.

The uniquely rink-based audio system was upgraded, first through removal of faulty speakers and through installation of five snow-white Martin CDD15s, two Q-SYS CX-Q4K4 network amplifiers and a Q-SYS Core Nano for audio processing.


Credits (in order): Ryan Fennis, Dongzheng Ke, Huiyu Huang, James Dawson, Alana Cronin. Thank-you to Dr Darrin Verhagen and RMIT.

The Lightmoves team was kindly invited to see RMIT students’ impressive presentations inside Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre. 

Lightmoves was integral to the restoration of the Capitol Theatre, completed in 2020. We continue to engage with and support RMIT to ensure students are able to get the most out of the Capitol set up.

University students in Dr Darrin Verhagen’s Digital Media class used the lighting control system installed by Lightmoves to create these incredible presentations, which demonstrate the power of light and sound in theatre (pictured left).

The Pharos control system was designed for education and based around the technical abilities of the RMIT multimedia students and faculty. RMIT’s students have been trained in the system and are able to add new Pharos lighting presets to the roof lighting control system, which can in turn be synchronised to audio and digital projection systems.

Thank-you to Dr Verhagen and these talented RMIT students for including us – it was very rewarding to see the Capitol’s technology being used to great effect!

A lighting control upgrade in Melbourne Recital Centre went off without a hitch thanks to meticulous off-site preparation.

Six months preparation culminated in seamless dimmer upgrades by the Lightmoves team in January.

The iconic venue had a chock-a-block Summer schedule and black-out days were few and far between. Lightmoves knows a smooth installation onsite comes down to careful prep offsite. That’s why the Melbourne Recital Centre trusted Lightmoves again with upgrading the venue’s dimmers, originally installed by Lightmoves in 2008.

Thanks to Lightmoves’ workshop and service department, the team was able to assemble, pre-commission and bench test the dimmers before stepping foot onsite.

A very precise load schedule was prepared in advance, enabling site electricians from Westwood Electricians to swap the dimmers over in record time. Thoughtful plans ensured the upgrade slotted into the parameters of the existing space whilst making way for future upgrades.

Front-of-House Dimmers in Melbourne Recital Centre

CSL Parkville laboratory

Early this year, a world-class new CSL building opened in Parkville’s bio-medical precinct. 

Lightmoves completed the supply, engineering and commissioning of a complete Dynalite lighting control solution for the building. The building includes seven floors of office work spaces and nine floors of laboratories.