Twenty-first century LED lighting technology has been used in the makeover of Baron Palace, one of the oldest buildings in Cairo, Egypt. The LED technology supplied by Philips combines warm and cool daylight colours and allows energy savings of 80% over the traditional lights previously used. These LED lights have a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours compared with 12,000 hours for conventional lighting.

The Baron Palace was built between 1907 and 1911 for the Belgian-born industrialist, baron-general Edouard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929). He chose the prestigious location in Heliopolis and ordered Alexander Marcel, a French architect and a member of the French Institute, to build him a palace with an architectural style that was very different. The palace was constructed in reinforced concrete over a rotating base which revolves the palace to access sun beams in all directions. Today, the palace, which is located close to the presidential palace, remains a tourist attraction as an architectural masterpiece with a rich history and unique design.

“The lighting up of the Baron Palace creates an almost mythical atmosphere around the palace that brings history to life. For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of this monument. The lighting really had to enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it,” Tamer Abol Ghar, CEO, Philips Egypt and general manager, Philips Lighting Egypt & Sudan says.

The LED dynamic lighting makes it possible to adjust the atmosphere of the site (change of intensity and colour), and it also reduces maintenance costs as LED luminaires require little maintenance.

The Baron Palace is the latest world-renowned site to be transformed by Philips in Egypt; Philips is also responsible for the illumination of the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the Cairo Tower, and the Nile West Bank in Luxor as well as the Hibiz Temple in the Western Desert.

Cairo was the first stop on Philips’ annual flagship Cairo to Cape Town roadshow that takes place from 14 April to 3rd September 2014. Philips has committed to lighting up and illuminating one iconic monument in every city visited during the roadshow with the latest LED technology. The roadshow will make its way across seven countries and ten cities in Africa; next stop will be in Algiers on 12th of May followed by Casablanca, Morocco on the 27th of May.

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