The illumination of Algeria’s Maqam Echahid has been undertaken with LED lighting technology to boost the beautification of the city of Algiers and cut the building’s energy consumption by 75%. “The lighting of Maqam Echahid demonstrates the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty of LED illumination,” Eric Heutinck, CEO, Philips Maghreb, says. “LED lighting innovations provide completely new opportunities to policy makers and governments to enhance city beautification and at the same time contribute to energy saving.”

Located in Algiers and inaugurated in 1982 on the 20th anniversary of Algeria’s independence, Maqam Echahid is by far the most popular attraction in the city, with thousands of tourists visiting it annually. For the Maqam Echahid monument, Philips used nine luminaires, combining red, blue and green in each single luminaire which provides as spectrum of colours to highlight the features of this architectural masterpiece.

The advantages of the LED lighting installed at Maqam Echahid include that the installed capacity of the lighting system is just 2.6 kW, compared to almost 10.8 kW previously, reducing energy consumption by 75%. Dynamic lighting makes it possible to adjust the atmosphere of the site (change of intensity and colour). It also ensures a longer lifespan of the lighting installation; around 100,000 hours compared to 12,000 hours with conventional lighting, and a reduction in maintenance costs: LED luminaires require little maintenance.

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