In 2019, City of Melbourne entrusted Lightmoves with modernising the lighting technology of the Main Hall whilst maintaining its antique fixture housing.
The iconic, heritage-listed Melbourne Town Hall is a chameleon at the centre of the Melbourne events space, having hosted everything from theatre performance to weddings, conferences and exhibitions for over 150 years.
to pull the grand chandeliers, sconces, and under-balcony into the modern day by switching out the fixed-output lights with lighting control that gives ultimate freedom to events coordinators.
After carefully testing various product options in the hall, it was clear the retrofit would require some custom-fitting and design.
The Lightmoves team replaced each fixed-output chandelier lamp with the RGBW LED DMX Pixel 8 from Space Cannon, a durable Australian technology which enables full pixel control. We only install products that, much like the town hall, will stand the test of time – so the Pixel 8 from our friends at Space Cannon was an obvious choice.
Assembling inside the chandelier was the next challenge. The solution would need to be lightweight to avoid damage.
Our team utilised the existing lamp bases as a fixing position in order to avoid additional structural elements. Then, a spigot and thread which matched the lamp base were commissioned.
Under the balcony, fluorescent battens were replaced with custom fit Space Cannon RGBW DMX Spaceline, allowing dynamic pixel control.
Dynamic, RGBW pixel control throughout has enabled the Main Hall to realise its lighting potential. Dynamic events lighting can now be easily incorporated with the theatrical rig for live concerts and functions.
All architectural elements – the chandeliers, sconces, batons & high bay house lights – are integrated with the rig via eDMX Art-Net through the theatrical lighting console.
The system is controlled by a two-universe Pharos Lighting Playback Controller. For day-to-day control, a number of pre-set colours and shows can be selected easily via Pharos Touchscreen.
The results are dramatic – the new technology throws the full spectrum of colour against 50ft walls and ornate ceilings, celebrating the Main Hall’s best features and adding another dimension to events in the space.
We are pleased that our tailored, solution-centric approach could deliver this efficient and durable outcome for Melbourne Town Hall, with the overall result being a seamless mix of cutting edge technology and old-world spectacle that Melbourne will enjoy for decades to come.
Space Cannon Pixel 8 RGBW LED
Space Cannon RGBW DMX Spaceline
Pharos Lighting Playback Controller
Electrical Contractor – Ultralec
Electrical Consultant – Webbs Australia
Client – City of Melbourne
Completed – 2019