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Osram in five-year deal to light Vatican museums

The German lighting giant has already supplied LED lighting for the famous Sistine Chapel (pictured), with the help of funding from a European Union technology programme.

The new agreement, covering ‘possible future projects’, aims to develop scientific and technological cooperation ‘to guarantee that the artistic heritage of the Vatican Museums is safeguarded’.

Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, said: ‘Our art and architecture present the most demanding requirements for light. Therefore, we are using outstanding lighting installations. With the opening of the Sistine Chapel at the end of October, the public can witness first impressions of this.’

Osram’s scheme at the Sistine Chapel uses 7,000 LEDs and is designed to conserve the artwork, while providing 10 times as much light as the previous scheme, and only using 60 per cent of the energy.

Photo: Governatorato dello Stato della Città del Vaticano