With a beautiful downtown location on the Bayfront, the San Diego Convention Center is one of the premiere convention grounds in North America. The Center holds 525,701 square feet of open space in the lower halls, which were previously lit with fluorescent tube fixtures that totaled over 450,000 watts of power.
Convention halls pose a unique challenge for lighting designers. At the end of the day, a convention hall needs to be able to offer its customers the best facilities in order to attract the biggest shows. Lighting plays a huge role in not only lowering energy costs, but also adding value through ambiance, safety, and overall customer experience. Convention events require quality lighting to showcase exhibition material and create a dynamic, broadcast-ready environment.
Lighting control is another challenge for modern convention centers. For facilities to be able to offer the best services, it’s essential to provide a secure solution to manage a large num- ber of fixtures while maintaining individual fixture control.
Above all else, reliability is the most important aspect of convention lighting. Failed fixtures and problematic controls pose huge maintenance costs and potential loss of business. Packed show schedules offer little time to fix problems, forc- ing conventions to overpay in order to repair lights in a short amount of time. The damages caused by such failures have a huge impact on customer loyalty, and are often financially devastating. Keeping these key factors in mind, the URSA team was up for the challenge.