Philips announced that it is illuminating the interior of Notre-Dame de Paris with LEDs that will show off the cathedral’s gothic features as never seen before.
21st century technology will highlight a 13th century monument and Philips is placing LEDs technology at the service of 850 years of history, to pay tribute to the architecture of this Gothic masterpiece.
"The Cathedral has two roles, a religious one and a cultural one and the new lighting is therefore designed to allow different atmospheres to be created depending on these activities" explained Armand Zadikian, the project’s lighting designer, who worked in close collaboration with "Architectes des Bâtiments de France", the official French architects’ body.
The LEDs are operated by means of a computerized system designed by Benoit Ferré from the European Architecture Company, EUROGIP. Touch screen control makes it possible to modify the lighting according to the event taking place (ceremonies, concerts, prayers, etc.), or the time of day or the season and has a capacity of just 30 kW, which will reduce energy consumption by 80%.
"Philips is very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this splendid project. For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of this monument, which attracts millions of visitors every year. The lighting really had to enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it" according to Benjamin Azoulay, General Manager of Philips Lighting France.