Canton Tower lit with grandMA3 system installed
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
canton-towerPhoto: © Huang Chongzhi, Lux Li
China - Canton Tower, formerly known as Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower, is a 604m observation tower in Guangzhou, China. It is reportedly the second tallest tower in the country and the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. The structure was topped-out in 2009 and became operational in 2010 for the Asian Games.
Advanced Communication Equipment Co. Ltd (ACE), MA Lighting’s exclusive distributor in China, recently installed one grandMA3 light, one grandMA3 replay unit, six grandMA3 processing units and 16 grandMA3 8Port Nodes, all using grandMA3 software to run the tower’s architectural lighting, which was previously controlled by a grandMA2 system.
“One challenge was the tower’s height,” the company says. “Achieving smooth lighting in real-time and stability were key to the project. The main body of the Canton Tower is 454m high, so the network system had to deal with these distances.”
“The grandMA3 light and grandMA3 replay-unit are used as master and backup. The console and the network cabinet realise the long-distance signal transmission via the network with the nodes set up on the tower body - on floors 7F, 16F, 29F, 33F, 65F, 74F and 110F - to send DMX signals to the luminaires," explains Long Zhiyong, technology manager from ACE’s Guangzhou Lighting Department. "The grandMA3 system is trustworthy, and the stability of the system plus the convenience of programming made our work more efficient and straightforward."
Lux Li, in charge of marketing at ACE’s lighting department, adds: "A grandMA2 system was chosen when the Canton Tower was built, and after 10 years of great service this was upgraded with MA Lighting’s latest products. This is an affirmation of everyone’s great trust in the MA system as well as our technology, services and commitment to providing the best solutions."

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