Pharos goes all-in on Las Vegas strip
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
pharosCaesars Forum conference centre boasts the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world
USA - The ever-evolving Las Vegas strip is renowned for its approach to building bigger, bolder, and brighter structures. One of its latest additions, the Caesars Forum conference centre is no exception, spanning a mammoth 550,000sq.ft and boasting the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world.
Located in the centre of the Las Vegas strip, Caesars Forum features 300,000sq.ft of flexible meeting space. This consists of the two large ballrooms of 110,000sq.ft each, a further two ballrooms, and six boardrooms and a dedicated outdoor event plaza connected to three hotels with 8,500 guest rooms
As part of the technology integrated into the new event space, Caesars Forum is home to one of the largest single installations of DMX controlled tuneable white lights. The Creston building control system installed and commissioned by NTA and Pulse features over 4,500 DMX lighting fixtures from Spectrum Lighting Inc., Moda Light and Signify, with every single one of these fixtures capable of being individually controlled.
This has been made possible by dividing the facility’s lighting needs into seven core Pharos DMX systems commanded by the main Crestron control system. With systems for each of the four ballrooms, pre-function spaces, boardrooms and exteriors, this offers a high resolution of individual fixture control or zoned group control. The ballroom’s flexible configurations adapt to the client’s needs, as does the lighting system.
This flexibility is absolutely key to the event space at Caesars Forum as the amount of space used can be scaled up or down dependent on client needs. The two largest ballrooms can each be divided into 38 sections, while the two smaller ballrooms can be split into 22 sections. This is achieved through the use of more than two miles of airwalls. Each small section can have up to 11 zones of light based on the room’s size and configuration. As rooms combine to make larger rooms, the system adapts to combine the lighting zones into the user’s Crestron Control interface.
The main component of the Pharos control system is its all in one control solution, the Pharos Lighting Playback Controller (LPC). The LPC features individually controllable and independently running timelines and scenes, allowing for the build of dynamic, precise, and fully customisable pre-programmed lighting effects, as well as on demand control of brightness and colour temperature for any individual zone of fixtures
The most important four ballrooms each use the Pharos LPC X controller. The remaining pre-function spaces, conference rooms and exterior lighting are controlled using Pharos LPC 2 controllers combined with multiple EDN 20 (Ethernet Data Node) DMX distribution units, offering scalable and cost-effective Ethernet-distributed DMX ports, ideal for large projects.
Thomas Ladd, international sales director for Pharos Architectural Controls said: “Caesars Forum is one of the most spectacular event spaces Pharos has worked in. The pillarless ballrooms are incredibly impressive, and it was a privilege to contribute to the success of this project.
“The technology of the lighting system, the advanced network and AV systems all came together because of a highly effective team of people and Pharos was delighted to be a part of this. National Technology Associates essentially acted as a team leader, bringing together all of the elements of the project including the installation and the integration. The project ran smoothly because of their expert project management.
Reina Herschdorfer, director of marketing, national meetings and events at Caesars Entertainment, added: “Lighting is such a critical component when designing events. We’re excited to have so much flexibility in creating unique environments.”

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