Resorts World Casino New York City

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Resorts World Casino New York City; Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

An Entrancing Entrance

Hypnotica Creates Excitement Out of the Gate at NYC’s First Casino

Even before stepping out of their cars, guests arriving at the new Resorts World Casino New York City get a sense of excitement.

Stretching from the casino entrance to shelter guests getting in and out of vehicles, a gracious porte-cochere glows with changing hues of saturated color.

The effect is created by sleek strips of iLight’s Hypnotica iS Color Changing Series Fixtures, which are mounted under the canopy. The resulting moving light hints at what’s to come inside the Big Apple’s first casino, from live thoroughbred racing to video slot machines, electronic games and luxury amenities.


The Design Challenge

Resorts World Casino New York City is the culmination of a $900 million enterprise to convert a racetrack into a state-of-the-art entertainment facility offering a range of entertainment options for New Yorkers and beyond — including passengers on layover at nearby John F. Kennedy International Airport.

For the project, JCJ Architecture looked to Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design to plan the architectural lighting throughout, including for the porte-cochere, which was added on to the existing structure. The goal was to draw guests in and accentuate the entrance’s strong lines.


The Hypnotica Challenge

Bradley Sisenwain, Architectural Lighting Designer at Horton Lees Brogden, recalls the architects were sold on using Hypnotica after he showed them a video about the product at iLight’s web site.

“The architects were impressed by the dynamic qualities and variable options shown by the online video,” he says.

Hypnotica’s intense yet smooth, even light output is perfect for creating drama. “The impact is very strong,” Sisenwain adds.

Plus, the latest RGB technology opens up a full spectrum of color-changing possibilities. Compatible with any DMX 512 controller, Hypnotica allows controllability in as small as 6-inch increments. It’s also impact- and UV-resistant — an ideal choice for exterior applications.

“We’re very pleased with the final effect and our client is as well. Best of all, when you watch patrons arrive, you can see they immediately look up.” – Bradley Sisenwain: Architectural Lighting Designer, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

“We liked that it was new technology and not as fragile or one-dimensional as neon,” Sisenwain says.

Since the casino’s highly anticipated opening, Hypnotica has provided the perfect “wow” factor.

“We’re very pleased with the final effect and our client is as well,” Sisenwain says. “Best of all, when you watch patrons arrive, you can see they immediately look up.”

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Project Details

Entertainment & Recreation

Queens, New York

Direct View

Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

JCJ Architecture


872 LF (266 m)

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