Let’s start with a picture

For the past 10 years we have worked with both residential and commercial customers who have asked us for assistance in putting together an animated lighting display. We have dozens of examples of this that we can share with you but a recent project is La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

La Fortaleza (The Fortress) is the current official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. It was built between 1533 and 1540 to defend the harbor of San Juan. The structure is also known as Palacio de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina’s Palace). It is the oldest executive mansion in the New World.

A local lighting contractor contacted us and said they had an idea about a dramatic and exciting design for La Fortaleza for a Christmas lighting show. The Governor’s office wanted a display where the lighting channels would be synchronized to both religious and classical music provided by the Puerto Rico National Choir. Our contractor worked with us to confirm a proposed design and the proposed music to be used. Below is the finalized idea of the design.

Fortaleza Display - Initial Image

We took the idea and labeled this display with the number of lighting channels that would lead to an exciting light display synchronized to music.

Fortaleza Display - Image with Lighting Channels Identified

We took the lighting channels and put together what we refer to as a “Visualization”. We took the building, drew in the lighting channels and then did a 30 second audio/video presentation showing the lighting channels dancing to the music. It was a huge hit with the Governor’s office and Animated Lighting and our local contractor were awarded the project.

Here is just two minutes of the 12-minute show: