Case Studies

Read our wide range of case studies to learn about our scope of service and how we can find a customized solution to any problem. If you aren't sure if we are able to help with your project, give us a call or send us an email to find out.


PDQ Restaurants

Lighting Solutions with LumaStream

Problem: PDQ restaurants wanted to design a lighting environment that offered a comfortable and welcoming dining atmosphere. With goals of improving energy efficiency and refining in-store visuals, PDQ wanted to standardize on LED lighting. PDQ did not want to sacrifice their branded environment, so existing lighting fixtures, which used various lighting technologies, needed to be converted to fit LED and our energy efficient low-voltage LED solution. This solution needed to be reliable and offer a single system for both power and control to lighting fixtures.

Solution: LumaStream provided several, new custom LED fixtures with driverless design and advanced heat sink engineering to reduce ambient temperature. LumaStream also retrofitted original architectural fixtures to work with the unique low-voltage distribution platform for LEDs. Power and control are carried on the same low-voltage wire to the LED fixtures, giving PDQ new lighting control capabilities.

Results: LumaStream’s design offers a “branded lighting” environment, which provides lighting consistency for a more seamless customer experience from store-to-store.

Added features include: smooth dimming, centralized system control, and six automated lighting scenes to optimize ambiance throughout the day.

- Smooth, fluid, and flicker-free dimming means barely noticeable transitions as lighting changes subtly – over 10 seconds – rather than the more jarring transitions of older systems. Lighting can be ‘dialed-in’ with control possible at each fixture, rather than cruder lighting control zones across several fixtures, for a cleaner, more refined lighting experience.

- Centralized dimming control paired with a control system eliminated a large wall panel which saves installation time, energy costs and wall space.

- The six “lighting scenes” were developed to change automatically throughout the day using ambient light sensors (cloudy, dusk, or evening), or with a simple touch of a button (arrive, open, closing, leave). Each scene has been carefully considered to optimize ambiance for customers. Automation of the lighting scenes improves efficiency and cost of management. The lighting scene program can be updated with a simple change to software, handled either remotely via a secure internet connection or on-site.

Benefits: The LumaStream low voltage lighting system reduced costs and maintenance time while maximizing the customer experience. Low-voltage wiring and pared-down electrical infrastructure significantly reduced installation time for faster store openings. PDQ stores will save more than 50% in wattage usage energy costs. Low-voltage wiring reduced the number of circuits required for electrical infrastructure, which lowers installation costs. Little to no on-site storage required for bulb replacements due to fewer bulb types and length of LED bulb life, and system reliability. The PDQ system is supported by LumaStream’s 24/7 customer service for troubleshooting, including remote software solutions when necessary.

Torridon Hotel

Security and Monitoring Solutions with Mobotix

Background: The Torridon Hotel and Inn is in one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in Scotland. It has attracted several high-profile guests and is the location for several films and TV series. During a major refurbishment in 2015-16, senior management decided to install a well-regarded analogue CCTV system.

Problem: Beside an all-inclusive and high-resolution system, the Managing Director also had other criteria around the installation and physical appearance of the cameras because some parts of the building are nearly 150 years’ old, which means it had to be careful in terms of where cameras can be installed.

Solution: By using innovative MOBOTIX hemispheric technologies fewer cameras could to be used to discreetly cover larger areas.

Results: Including thermal imaging cameras in the car park area and key entry points, monitoring of the hotel could be achieved with just 20 MOBOTIX cameras.

Fanshawe College

Audio and Video Recording Solutions with Axis

Background: Fanshawe College in London, Ontario uses clinical simulation in order to provide realistic training scenarios for aspiring health care professionals. During simulation, students interact with actors or high-tech simulation manikins (mannequins) portraying patients with clinical issues and independently providing care. The sessions are recorded so students can reflect on and review their performance afterwards—ultimately improving their practice.

Problem: The lab originally relied on a complex analog camera system that generated unreliable, poor quality audio. The college needed a simplified solution that could deliver high-definition video synced with a crystal-clear soundtrack.

Solution: To use an IP-based solution featuring HDTV-quality fixed dome Axis cameras, Axis omni-directional microphones and AXIS Camera Station video management system. Each simulation room was outfitted with four to six cameras and paired each camera with its own high-performance microphone. Lab technologists manage the system with AXIS Camera Station in a separate control room. Video of the simulation is archived on dedicated servers and can be retrieved to share with professors and students on request.

Results: The Axis camera solution provides high quality audio and video that gives valuable insight to students during their learning and development. Managing sound and video through the same AXIS Camera Station software eliminates the synching problems the college experienced with its old analog system. The simulation training videos are easy to download and incorporate in presentations or broadcast over the web for remote viewing by more students. Based on this success, the system is being expanded to all simulation rooms at the college.

Ulele Restaurant and Spring Brewery

Lighting Solutions with LumaStream

Background: Ulele Restaurant and Spring Brewery began as the dream of Richard Gonzmart, an established restaurateur with deep roots in Tampa, Florida. His vision was to renovate the city’s abandoned Water Works building located along the downtown waterfront, an area that could be a showcase for the city, but had been neglected for years. The menu would feature locally grown, raised, or caught foods, their own craft beers (brewed on site), and a nightly Florida sunset that punctuates the indigenous Tampa theme.

Problem: Gonzmart’s goal was to protect the historic significance of the building, while giving it a new purpose as an iconic Tampa destination restaurant and allow customers to be able to experience a nightly Florida sunset through the restaurant’s large windows.

Solution: LumaStream designed a turnkey lighting system that meets the most stringent energy efficiency standards and worked with the contractors and architects to ensure the building maintained its historic status. The low-voltage distribution system powers the front of house and back of house, as well as their brew house and centerpiece wine case, all of which are tied into a control system that automates complex lighting changes with the simple touch of a button. They also designed and manufactured unique, original fixtures that utilized existing historical elements of the building for this special project.

LumaStream was able to quickly design and manufacture multiple custom fixtures which enabled the owners to reach their creative vision for the space.

Art and architecture are featured with strategically designed downlight and uplight placement that accentuates the space and highlights the color and texture of plated food.

To take advantage of beautiful sunset views, LumaStream’s low- voltage distribution technology eliminates issues with LED flicker, allowing for seamless transitional diming as the night progresses.

Color LEDs were installed in the brewhouse, reflecting cool blue light off stainless steel fermenting tanks, and emphasizing their brewed on-site craft beer selection.

Ulele’s managers make their daily lighting changes with a single touch of a button like “lunch,” “dinner,” or “cleaning.” These settings can be tweaked digitally, with no hardware changes, to ensure the managers maintain full control of the environment.

Results: Since it’s opening Ulele has received tremendous press, both for the food and ambiance. There has been an outpouring of excitement from the community for it’s potential to revitalize this previously neglected portion of Tampa’s waterfront.

Beck Architecture crafted a modern, clean and green design, with a high-end ambiance that equals the exceptional menu, while also maintaining the historic feel of the building. LumaStream’s low-voltage LED lighting system has been dialed-in to highlight Beck’s dazzling design work within an energy efficient, highly controllable lighting design.

Astor Place

Motorized Shades Solutions with Lutron

Background: Astor Place is a luxurious 21-story, all-glass residential tower in New York City. Astor Place benefits from wide-open space on three sides of the building. Architect Charles Gwathmey designed a glass exterior to take full advantage of the breathtaking views.

Problem: To maintain the magnificent view of the New York skyline, but also provide relief from harsh sun glare and privacy at night. The building, being curved, providing additional problems for window coverings.

Solution: Dual Sivoia shades were installed in every window, 58 shades total, and perfectly aligned the edges of each shade with the metal mullions between glass panels. Custom recessed pockets in the ceiling allow the shades to disappear completely when fully raised.

A dual-shade arrangement pairs two different shades to reduce glare, preserve views, provide privacy, or create a complete blackout as needed. Each window contains a sheer, fiberglass basketweave with a 10% openness factor to maintain views while limiting glare. The media room and bedrooms received a second shade with a flocked blackout fabric for privacy and total light blockage. In the living room and dining areas, a dual-sided fiberglass basketweave with 5% openness was chosen because the white backing effectively reduces solar heat gain.

The shades are grouped by location and move in unison at the touch of a button on conveniently placed seeTouch® multigroup keypads. The precise symmetry of the Lutron system allowed each shade to be spaced a mere 1.5 inches apart - less than the width of the window mullions.

Results: The low-voltage control system provides quiet operation, the shades maintain the unique look of the building, and provide protection.