Burj Khalifa lit by Aqua beams for New Year
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
dubaiThis spectacle will now be projected onto the tower daily until 31 March (photo: Ralph Larmann)
UAE - Despite the pandemic, Dubai celebrated the arrival of 2022 in style, with a grand festival of events. Principal among these was the Laser & Light Show at the mesmerising Burj Khalifa, created and produced by ECA2 with Patrick Awouters (LSE) at the helm of the light and laser element of the production.
The company also drew on its inventory of PR Lighting fixtures, deploying 250 of its newly-acquired Aqua 580 Beam waterproof moving heads. These lined up alongside 60 RGB lasers, ranging from 60W up to a powerful 100W.
The fully-featured IP66-rated Aqua 580 Beam produces a powerful output from a 550W engine, housing PR's patent optics and a tight 2° beam angle. They were recommended by LSE MD Patrick Awouters, project managing the lighting with his son Nathan. The fixtures had been purchased specifically for this project.
Awouters admits that rigging the fixtures the length of the tallest building in the world’s façade (830m) - on both sides of the Tower - had presented its own challenges.
“Compared with the year before, when other companies used competitor products on this Tower, it’s a major improvement,” says Awouters. “When we conducted a test for the customer, showing the Aqua 580 Beam against the competitor product, as soon as he saw the brightness and beam quality of the Aqua 580 Beam his choice was immediately to the PR Lighting fixture.”
This spectacle will now be projected onto the tower every hour from 6:15pm to 10:15pm on weekdays with extended projections every 30 minutes until 10:45 p.m. on weekends up to 31 March.

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