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With luxury yacht sales buoyant despite the global economic downturn, ship builders such as Rossinavi in Viareggio, Italy, have just completed the latest in a line of state-of-the-art yachts that benefit from the extensive integration capabilities of Lutron’s light control technology.

 

 

Completed in June 2012, a 45m luxury yacht, designed by Studio Spadolini for external and Remi Tessier for interiors and built by Rossinavi shipyard, is the ultimate in contemporary, Italian chic.  With interiors created by Remi Tessier, the 495 GT, full displacement ocean-going super yacht was designed to the highest specification.

From the outset, the owners wanted to create a contemporary interior that was ultimately minimalist in look and feel, yet enabled the yacht’s owners and guests to access a wide range of multimedia facilities from keypads and iPads throughout. Videoworks S.p.A, marine custom integration specialist, worked closely with Rossinavi shipyard, Umberto Tagliavini and the yacht designers from very early on in the design to ensure the ultimate in integration for all the yacht’s lighting, audio video, entertainment, window treatments, heating, air conditioning and security requirements. To achieve the level of integration and programming required to create an easy-to-use client facing solution, Umberto Tagliavini specified Lutron’s renowned HomeWorks lighting control system.

Complexity creates simple user interface

As well as ensuring that the technology was hidden from view to promote the sleek lines of the yacht’s interiors, the lighting was as integrated as much as possible into the fabric of the build, maximising the use of recessed fittings and LED strip lights.  However, the choice of ELV dichroic spots, LED strips and spots as the lamps of choice throughout the yacht, created a wide range of challenges for Videoworks and Lutron’s technical support team.

Due to the multiple systems on the yacht, including a wide range of DMX light sources, five HomeWorks processors and seven DMX interfaces were used throughout the lower, main, upper and sundecks. Thanks to the flexibility of Lutron’s HomeWorks light control system, Videoworks was able to integrate the wide range of DMX controlled light sources into one easy-to-use solution.

Cremoni Marco, Videoworks system engineer, says: “With the design priority of the yacht being to create sleek, minimalist spaces, the lighting scheme needed to maximise the clean lines of the yacht’s interiors, while remaining as unobtrusive as possible.  The mix of ELV dichroic spots, LED strip lights and spots had been specified for installation and these were embedded within the low cavity ceiling spaces and side panels throughout the yacht. The quantity of lamps used throughout the yacht also meant that we were working with a wide range of DMX channels.  This led to us having to increase the quantity of HomeWorks processors that were used, so that we could accomodate not only this amount of DMX channels, but the window treatment controls as well.”

Ultimate control of artificial and natural light

The open structure of Lutron’s HomeWorks software, enabled Videoworks to link the super yacht’s lighting, AV and blinds with as few interfaces as possible. Thanks to Lutron’s Sivoia QED near-silent daylight control technology, it was also possible to programme the 32 sheer and blackout blinds so that they could be altered individually as required from clearly engraved keypads in each area. Not only did this ensure perfect interior light levels could be maintained, but that privacy would be possible wherever the yacht docked.

By integrating the wide range of LED strips, shelf lighting, illuminated staircases and embedded curved statement pieces into HomeWorks, the interior designer was able to create a wide range of moods in each of the public and private spaces. Controlled either via one of the 40 Lutron SeeTouch International engraved keypads throughout the yacht, or from iPads, lighting can be

re-set easily and quickly, dependent on the mood of the owner and guests.

Interior to exterior

It isn’t only the interior of the super yacht that has benefited from sophisticated design and light control.  The Jacuzzi and all external steps are lit using outdoor LED ip66 rated lighting strips. From the recessed LED’s in the stairways, to the lights embedded into the ceiling, all can be controlled via a series of Lutron keypads throughout the yacht. In addition, Videoworks has integrated the light control solution into the PC on the monitoring board, allowing the crew to change external lighting levels as required.

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