Global lighting company Philips has unveiled the LED lighting technology, which illuminated the National Theatre of Ghana during a company roadshow yesterday.
The theatre has been refurbished with LED technology to boost the beautification of the city of Accra, while also cutting energy consumption by up to 80%, as compared to the existing conventional lighting, claims a company statement.
50,000 hours LED lifespan
The LED lighting technology used for this project creates more light, while making it more focused and controlled. Vaya LED lighting solutions were utilised and tailored to the specific needs of the theatre, which included devising effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of the building.
With a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, the new lighting fixtures will last much longer and reduce the need for periodic replacement. Each installed luminaire has its own IP address making it feasible to produce up to 16 million different lighting colours as well as remotely monitoring the performance of each light point.
The newly connected lighting system covers the theatre’s 78-metre base platform and illuminates the entire area of the central ‘ship’, as well as the columns supporting the ‘ship’.
LED lighting improve energy performance
Commenting on the illumination of the theatre, Felix Darko, General Manager – Lighting, Philips West Africa said: “The magnificent lighting at the National Theatre of Ghana is testament to the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty of LED illumination.
“Connected LED lighting innovations are providing cities with completely new opportunities in the areas of energy efficiency and city beautification – policy makers and governments the world over are realising the benefits.”
Darko added, “The LED lighting system at the National Theatre of Ghana not only improves the commercial attractiveness of the facility, but will also contribute to the reduction of energy consumption in Accra.”
Amy Appiah Frimpong, Acting Executive Director at the National Theatre of Ghana, said: “We are extremely happy with the project Philips has completed at the National Theatre of Ghana, and we have no doubt that the people of Ghana especially in Accra will be just as pleased with the end result.
“[…] The state of-the-art digital lighting technology ensures we have a world class theatre that is aware of its environment, while also helping us meet our demand for energy efficiency. We can’t wait to show the world the transformation on the inside and outside.”
LED compliments architecture
The theatre, which opened in 1992, has a complicated construction moulding and novel exterior features. When looked at from a distance, the whole structure looks like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings.
With this in mind, the Philips’ lighting concept focused on highlighting the significance of this iconic building as an architectural masterpiece and as a source of national pride to Ghana, and in so doing assist with the building’s energy saving performance.
The new lighting system is installed throughout the entire façade of the theatre, enhancing its distinctive architectural structure and contributing to the building’s energy saving performance.