380 kilometres south-east of Albuquerque, in the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico, lies the Carlsbad Caverns. This breathtaking natural masterpiece is one of the largest, publicly accessible cavern systems in the world, spreading over six and a half kilometers long. Having been in existence for over 250 million years, this UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts many natural wonders, including 17 species of bats.
Since the park’s lighting system was more than 30 years old, a panel of US National Parks Service staff undertook a rigorous selection process to select a new solution. Several manufacturers’ products were trialled, however Lumascape was selected as the turnkey luminaire and controls solution provider due to its unrivalled product-testing processes.
Carlsbad Caverns presented a unique and enticing challenge – one that required a custom-tailored approach, beyond the simple consideration of quality and durability.
In compliance with a brief for an environmentally conscious, long-term solution, the project took almost seven years from conception to completion, with Lumascape dedicated to surpassing the clients’ every request. Lumascape needed to deliver a lighting solution that mitigated algae growth on the luminaires, utilized LEDs that operated at frequencies inaudible to bats, allowed for remote maintenance inspections, and had an operational lifespan of over 30 years.
The custom lighting solution engineered by Lumascape, redefined the caverns’ natural architecture, and included more than 600 IP68 fixtures made from 316 grade stainless steel.
Innovative use of colour temperatures provided a significant aid to visitors to experience the grandeur and scale of the underground space. The custom-control solution allowed for remote commissioning and maintenance reporting via a portable, wireless control terminal and custom software developed specifically for the project.
Whilst the rangers praise the new system for its efficiencies in both management and energy savings, all visitors to the cavern are astounded by the aesthetic transformation the upgraded lighting system has created.
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