The new Boca Raton Strike 10 bowling alley features automation of coloured LED lighting, multi-zone audio and video, dozens of surveillance cameras and a massive DVLED display.
The new Strike 10 bowling alley in Boca Raton, Florida is not your parents’ bowling alley. Featuring a giant DVLED display, tuneable colour LED lighting, a professional DJ booth, a 37-camera surveillance system, 17 video zones, eight audio zones and a Control4 automation system that can activate everything at the push of a button, Strike 10 is equal parts bowling alley and high-tech night club.
According to Albert Mizrahi, owner of Miami Smart Homes, the owners of Strike 10 initially contacted him to design a club-worthy audio system to match their trendy, energetic interiors, but ended up investing in a full slate of audio, video and control technologies from Snap One.
“During the daytime Strike 10 is a fairly normal bowling alley, but at night the tone shifts from family-friendly fun to a night club-style party, complete with programmed light shows and DJ performances,” Mizrahi explained. “There’s so much technology inside, from the massive DVLED display to the Madrix LED lighting system, that we decided a professional control and automation system was the best way to simplify operations and maximise the entertainment capabilities of all the connected solutions.”
Thanks to the Control4 system, the bowling alley virtually runs itself. Mizrahi said that staff don’t need to interact with the system on a regular basis because it has been programmed with scheduled automations for opening, closing and daypart transitions that activate and tune the lighting, TV, music and surveillance systems to specific settings. When they do need to make a change, staff can use a 10-inch Control4 touch-panel at the service counter or the Control4 mobile app to easily update automations or make one-time adjustments.
From the bowling lanes to the billiards room to the bar, every space is designed to convey a chic, luxurious atmosphere. Lighting is a key component of the experience, with a Madrix LED lighting solution blanketing the interiors with coloured light that seems to emanate from everywhere — LED strip lights follow contoured ceiling decorations and provide backlight inside the bowling ball racks, custom hanging fixtures feature circular LED strips, and almost every available ceiling location includes recessed lighting. It’s all integrated with the Control4 system, so different zones can be programmed for different lighting colours or intensities and staff can easily make changes on-the-fly. It also enables custom lighting for parties or private events and can be adjusted by DJs through a Control4 keypad in the DJ booth that activates multiple lighting pre-sets.
“The most visible special feature besides the lighting is the wall-to-wall DVLED display that’s mounted above the end of the bowling lanes, where there might traditionally be static images or neon signs,” Mizrahi added. “This display can be whatever the owners want it to be. During the daytime it might show traditional bowling and pin graphics, but it can also be split into five smaller ‘windows’ to show live DirecTV feeds, Apple TV programming or any other video content they choose. And it’s all super easy to manage through the Control4 interface.”
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