The club in Crestview Hills, Ky. last winter removed purple and teal carpets, bronze chandeliers, dark wood and other older elements, and replaced those items with gray carpets, crystal chandeliers and white woods and walls. A wall was installed to separate the bar area from the dining and ballroom space. An entrance was maintained on both sides so members could easily access both areas. Artistic backlighting was put in on both sides of the wall. “When the wall was installed and lit, everyone was instantly amazed [by] the beauty of the new wall feature,” says Joe Cooper, Vice President from Cooper Electrical Sales in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills, Ky. has finished a complete renovation of its clubhouse.
Located in the heart of Northern Kentucky, Summit Hills CC is a private, member-owned country club dedicated to serving its members. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, tennis and pickleball courts, a large swimming pool and exceptional dining options in its clubhouse.
The clubhouse serves as a central meeting point for members, offering an open floor plan featuring a formal dining room, ballroom and bar areas for members to gather. The area extends outdoors to an additional porch and bar space—with both indoor and outdoor spaces enjoying unparalleled views of its first hole fairway.
However, despite the amazing exterior views, in 2021, members realized the interior view needed a facelift and began a complete renovation of the clubhouse.
Shutting down for a few months in the winter of 2021/22, the dated purple and teal carpets, bronze chandeliers, dark wood and other elements that were decades old were replaced with gray carpets, crystal chandeliers and white woods and walls for a clean and updated look.
In addition to the aesthetic updates, members determined the large open space could be more functional. To create a clear separation between the bar area and the more formal dining and ballroom space, a wall was erected.
Everything about the space was new and grand, so they needed something that made a statement as members entered these areas, according to the Summit Hills CC building improvement committee.
While the wall itself would run floor to ceiling, it featured entrances on both sides to create a divide for the two rooms – yet maintain easy access to both areas. For an additional element, artistic backlighting on both sides of the wall was suggested to create the unique look members desired.
Joe Cooper, Vice President from Cooper Electrical Sales in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Bill Sturm, Jr., Project Manager from Sturm Electric Inc. in Florence, Ky., were tasked with the project and began investigating light sources—especially with the tight construction schedule and potential lighting sourcing issues nationwide.
For the project, the lights had to cover both sides of the 8-foot by 20-foot walls, ensuring they were evenly lit. Members also wanted the ability to easily control the range of white color from a soft yellow (2700K) to a bright white (6000k) to set the atmosphere appropriate for each event.
Based on the criteria and available stock, Cooper recommended Trulux Canvas Tunable LED Sheets from American Lighting, based in Denver, Colo. Developed for backlighting semi-transparent architectural features and countertops, Trulux Canvas LED Sheets are available in 12-inch by 24-inch sheets which can be cut to size at the job site to achieve a perfect fit for almost any application. The product includes built-in spacers to help lift the material a half-inch off the light sheet for a leveled and diffused effect.
Just as important, Trulux Canvas LED Sheets ordered in Tunable White provide Correlated Color Temperature from 2700K to 6000K to match the club’s lighting criteria with 50,000-hour performance and a five-year limited warranty. Each tunable light sheet can deliver up to 900 lumens per square foot.
Once the light sheet was specified, the construction crew was concerned about installation. While Trulux Canvas LED Sheets features 3M peel-and-stick backing for quick installation with a 35-pound load rating (220 pounds per sheet), they found a more secure way to install the lights while adding a new design element.
The light sheets were screwed to the plywood walls and then covered with a resin acrylic product, which gave the walls a decorative glass impression. The light sheet has built-in terminal ports that make it easy to run power from any side to simplify installation, which the installation crew agreed made it very easy to install.
“When the wall was installed and lit, everyone was instantly amazed [by] the beauty of the new wall feature,” said Cooper. “Adding the functionality of dividing the spaces in a way that created such an upscaled aesthetic touch was just what the members wanted.”
In 2020, the club constructed a new outdoor bar and expanded seating and dining capacity on the patio outside the clubhouse.