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ShowLED's LED Screen on Burj Khalifa voted Exterior Lighting Project of the Year at Light Middle East Awards 2016

ShowLED\'s LED Screen on Burj Khalifa voted Exterior Lighting Project of the Year at Light Middle East Awards 2016
ShowLED\'s LED Screen on Burj Khalifa voted Exterior Lighting Project of the Year at Light Middle East Awards 2016

UAE – ShowLED was awarded the top gong for a brand new category at the fourth annual Light Middle East Awards: Exterior Lighting Project of the Year.

ShowLED Hybrid Pixels cover a full façade of the iconic Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. With an astonishing 33.000 m² surface and the highest LED at 750m well above sea level, visitors of Downtown Dubai witnessed the largest LED display ever constructed, both in surface area as in height. A record-breaking effort by the ShowLED team, having only five months from project confirmation till completion.

The giant LED display consisted of an impressive 51,000 ShowLED Hybrid pixels, all manually positioned by a team of 20 riggers. Using 75,000 in-house designed brackets, all pixels could be fixed without any form of material, like screws or adhesives, damaging the building façade. The bracket's design was also adapted in such a way that riggers could use it to secure and bring themselves to safety if at any point the wind would turn on them.

Placing LEDs on the exterior of the world's tallest building, built close to the sea and designed to deflect the wind, doesn’t come easy. One is not only faced with the usual installation challenges, but also with the extremes in building and environmental challenges, including sun, sand, wind and water. ShowLED developed durable material composites withstanding all these challenges, and having the highest grades of flame retardancy and UV resistance.

The impressive setup resulted in over 357,000 LEDs (seven LEDs per pixel), 645 power supplies, 70km of power/data cabling, 2km of fibre optic network cabling and 95 ShowLED Hybrid controllers.

Dismantled fully and reinstalled for the New Year’s Eve Show 2016, the LEDs remain on the façade as a semi-permanent fixture, taking Dubai's most visited tourist site to yet an even higher level!

18th November 2016

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