Pharos goes all-in with the world’s largest pillarless ballroom on the Las Vegas Strip

CAESARS FORUM, Las Vegas, USA – The ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip is world famous for its approach of building bigger, bolder, and lighter structures. The CAESARS FORUM conference center is one of the most recent additions and is no exception. It spans a huge 500,000 m² mammoth and has the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world.

The CAESARS FORUM is conveniently located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip and offers 300,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. This consists of two large ballrooms measuring 110,000 square feet each, two additional ballrooms measuring 40,000 square feet, plus six boardrooms and a 100,000 square foot outdoor event space connected to three top quality hotels with 8,500 guest rooms and 20,000 within walking distance .

CAESARS FORUM is part of the latest technology built into the new event space and houses one of the largest single installations of DMX controlled tunable white lights. The Creston building control system installed and commissioned by NTA and Pulse has more than 4,500 DMX lights from leading manufacturers Spectrum Lighting Inc., Moda Light and Signify, each of which can be individually controlled.

This was made possible by dividing the lighting requirements of the facility into seven Pharos DMX core systems, which are controlled by Crestron’s main control system. With systems for each of the four ballrooms, pre-function rooms, boardrooms and outdoor areas, this offers a high resolution of the control of individual devices or groups in zones. The flexible configurations of the ballroom adapt to the needs of the customer, as does the lighting system.

This flexibility is of decisive importance for the event space in the CAESARS FORUM, since the space used can be enlarged or reduced depending on customer requirements. The two largest ballrooms can each be divided into 38 sections, while the two smaller ballrooms can be divided into 22 sections. This is achieved through the use of more than three kilometers of airwalls. Each small area can have up to 11 light zones depending on the size and configuration of the room. When rooms are combined into larger rooms, the system adapts to combine the lighting zones in the user’s Crestron Control surface.

The specific and complex level of lighting control underpins this flexibility and supports the mission of CAESARS FORUM to offer guests first-class experiences. This relies on the very latest in modern design with seamless technology solutions and the ability to tailor events in any way imaginable, right down to lighting configurations, brightness and color temperature.

The main component of the Pharos control system is the award-winning all-in-one control solution, the Pharos Lighting Playback Controller (LPC). The LPC has individually controllable and independently running timelines and scenes that enable the creation of dynamic, precise and fully customizable pre-programmed lighting effects as well as the needs-based control of brightness and color temperature for each individual zone of luminaires

The main four ballrooms each use the Pharos LPC X controller, which offers an unprecedented level of performance and integration for pioneering lighting systems with a significant number of channels. The remaining pre-function rooms, conference rooms and the outdoor lighting are controlled by Pharos LPC 2 controllers in combination with several EDN 20 DMX distribution units (Ethernet Data Node). These offer scalable and inexpensive Ethernet distributed DMX ports, ideal for large projects.

Thomas Ladd, International Sales Director for Pharos Architectural Controls, said: “The CAESARS FORUM is one of the most spectacular event rooms in which Pharos has worked. The pillarless ballrooms are incredibly impressive and it was a privilege to contribute to the success of this project.

“The technology of the lighting system, advanced network and AV systems came together because of a highly effective team and Pharos was delighted to be a part of it. Essentially, National Technology Associates acted as a team leader, bringing together all of the elements of the project, including installation and integration. The project went smoothly due to the professional project management.

“Our market leading LPC solution was the perfect solution to provide the highest level of control required in the Caesars Forum. Lighting is a critical part of a successful event, so control must be paramount. “

Reina Herschdorfer, Director of Marketing, National Meetings and Events at Caesars Entertainment added: “Lighting is such an important component in the design of events. We appreciate so much flexibility in creating unique environments. “

The attractiveness of the CAESARS FORUM was confirmed even before its opening. The conference center announced millions of dollars in business based on pre-reservations alone. It will host a number of major calendar events in 2021, including the World Education Congress des Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Project team:

Principal Architect – KGA Architecture (Lee Norsworthy and Chelsea Lavell)

Chief Engineer – FEA Consulting Engineers (JJ Wisdom)

Lighting Designer – Jon Langrell – John Levy Lighting Productions

Main construction company – Penta Building Company

Primary lighting manufacturers – Spectrum Lighting, Moda Light, Signify

Building Control System – Crestron

Light control system – Pharos Architectural Controls (5x LPC X, 3x LPC 2, 7x EDN 20)

System Integrator / System Design – National Technologies Associates

A / V and lighting programmer – pulse

Electrician – Bombard Electric


Pharos Architectural Controls offers advanced lighting control solutions for architecture, themed entertainment and other specialist industries. Our award-winning control products are installed worldwide and run day and night in international attractions, theme parks, shopping malls, stadiums, art installations, museums and airports.

Pharos is part of the Carallon Group of companies, an independent product development company that specializes in innovative control systems. The design team is the best of its kind – a group of highly motivated individuals who are committed to the development and advancement of industry-leading products. Within this team, the company has extensive experience in the field of advanced control solutions. The main members are responsible for groundbreaking control consoles for entertainment lighting, architectural lighting systems and video processing technology.

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