Electrical Contractors Finish Hollywood Park Casino On Time, Under Budget, with Orbit Industries’ Recessed Light Adapter Plates

<b>Inglewood, CA </b>- The 11-acre <a href="http://www.playhpc.com/">Hollywood Park Casino</a>
 re-opened its doors to an expectant community in October 2016. The 
multi-million dollar renovation project expanded on the existing card 
club. It also added a brand new retail center and a 300-room 4-star 
hotel. It is the first of many developments surrounding the future $1.86
 billion Los Angeles Rams stadium. Orbit Industries

Inglewood, CA - The 11-acre Hollywood Park Casino re-opened its doors to an expectant community in October 2016. The multi-million dollar renovation project expanded on the existing card club. It also added a brand new retail center and a 300-room 4-star hotel. It is the first of many developments surrounding the future $1.86 billion Los Angeles Rams stadium.

The Hollywood Park Casino was also a test bed, of sorts. It was the first big project to use Orbit Industries’ Recessed Light Adapter Plates (RAP and RAP-T) en masse.

The concept of Recessed Light Adapter Plates (which replace C-channel/EMT brackets and bar hangers) is nothing new. Electrical contractors have been fabricating similar plates for years.

CSI Electrical Contractors Inc. provided the electrical system for the Hollywood Park Casino. CSI was also responsible for the installation of over 2,000 LED downlights -- in a very short timeframe. CSI’s solution was to crank out thousands of their own plates, as they had done on previous jobs. This meant cutting each plate to match specific apertures and ceiling spaces.

CSI Discovers Orbit’s Recessed Light Adapter Plates


Aaron Jacobs, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Orbit Industries, heard about the upcoming job through a stocking distributor partner. Aaron drove out to CSI’s prefab warehouse to show his companies’ new Recessed Light Adapter Plate.

The RAP impressed everyone in CSI's prefab shop. Orbit Industries had done their homework. The RAP - like all Orbit prefab products - pays tribute to contractor innovations. The plates’ workmanship is the result of countless hours spent in the field, asking electricians what they need to succeed.

A Calculated Bet


Not taking any chances, CSI performed a time-test study in their prefabrication shop. These tests revealed startling facts about the Recessed Light Adapter Plates versatility:
  • RAPs shaved 4-minutes off each can light assembly. Downlight assembly with the RAP averaged 1-minute. Conventional can light assembly (bar hanger or C-channel) took 5 minutes on average.
  • Multiple CKO’s fit most 4” to 8” (and 5” square) apertures. This exclusive feature reduces the chance of ordering the wrong part. All CSI had to do was order a few thousand pieces of one part number.
  • Assembled in a controlled environment, at waist height. Downlights fitted with bar hangers are bulky, and are often assembled on the job site. RAPs are compact, easy to transport, and can be put together on an indoor work bench. This means less bending over and less movement. The long-term result is less chance of injury to the shop employee and fewer sick days.
  • Less mess. No need to buy pallets of sheet metal and dispose scrap metal. This is a huge advantage when a job calls for thousands of downlights. At such scale, it makes economic sense to buy a solution like the RAP versus making each plate by hand.
  • Warranted by a reputable supplier. Fabricating products at scale increases the chance of a few bad apples. The RAPs 1-Year Warranty doesn't guarantee zero defects. But it does gives the contractor one less liability to worry about.
A Sure Bet for Field Success

The time-test study proved the RAPs worth. CSI Electrical Contractors got on the horn to the distributorship. They ordered over 2,000 RAPs, and got to work.

Now that CSI didn’t have to fabricate their own plates, their machinists took on more critical work. Meanwhile, CSI Apprentices cranked out recessed light assemblies at a breakneck pace.

The advantages of the RAP system continued on the jobsite. CSI moved dozens of downlight assemblies at a time, thanks to custom rolling hand carts. This reduced the number of physical movements to pull material. It also reduced worker fatigue and increased productivity.

CSI delegated one shift worker to the installation of all downlights in the facility. Each worker on a given shift required little to no supervision. This helped CSI focus its experienced electricians on more critical tasks.

"From ease of prefab to installation," Aaron Jacobs observed, "this product really kept us on-track for a tight time schedule."

Recessed Light Adapter Plates Pay Off

Recessed Light Adapter Plates played a role in the timely completion of the Hollywood Park Casino project. The RAP even helped other trades stay on-schedule. With the recessed lighting installed, the drywall “rockers” could start their work earlier. This in turn helped the painters start earlier, and so on.

CSI Electrical Contractors Inc. will be working on surrounding retail, restaurant and apartment developments around the Casino. CSI plans to use Orbit’s Recessed Light Adapter Plates throughout, including the Los Angeles Rams stadium.


Photo courtesy of Orbit Industries