Telus World of Science

Retrofitted with 291 programmable Lumendome pixels, the Telus World of Science brings new lighting technology to an urban icon.

For over 25 years, Telus World of Science has welcomed over a half-million visitors annually to view the displays and exhibits that has made the facility one of the world's outstanding centers to present science topics to a broad age range. Its current harborside location occupies 113,022 sq ft (10,500 sqm) plus a 400-seat Omnimax Theater.

Since its opening in the 80s, the Buckminster Fuller inspired dome has been a landmark on Vancouver's evening cityscape, augmented by flashing strobe lights. In 2009, Science World management opted to update the dome and replace the points of light (originally fitted with A lamps and then later with CFLs) by installing sustainable LEDs. "They also specified that the new system contain opportunities for visitor interaction as do the exhibits in the science museum," says Lightworks principal, Darren Luce, who supplied the equipment and managed the project. To meet the performance criteria, Lumenpulse created 291 customized Lumendome fixtures incorporating a 15-watt RGB LED light engine within an IP66 housing with sealed diffusing optics.

Equipment specified

291 x Lumendome Medium Color Changing

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Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Market: Sports + Entertainment
Client: Telus World of Science
Lighting Design: EOS Lightmedia
Engineer & Lighting Design: Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.

Among the challenges we faced was maintaining the same brightness level from any viewing angle, and to continue the legacy of light output similar to the original incandescent lamps. Lumendome accomplished both objectives.

Darren Luce