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LED lighting revitalises Cairo’s iconic Opera House

Full of Eastern promise: The LED lighting project at Cairo's Opera House uses a wide spectrum of colours to introduce an ambience that changes depending on the performance happening inside

LED lighting technology breathes new life into Cairo’s Opera House, reigniting cultural pride and saving energy.

The Cairo Opera House has undergone a stunning makeover. As well as showing the iconic building in a new light, the latest LED lighting technology from Philips, which has a claimed lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, will enable the Opera House to reduce its energy consumption by up to 80% compared with conventional lighting currently used in the building.

Philips’ lighting concept focused on highlighting the importance of the building as a source of cultural pride. Located in the southern part of Gezira Island, this landmark building now houses new Philips dynamic lighting, which ensures it is visible from anywhere up to half a kilometre away on the River Nile. The lighting design has guaranteed that the viewing points of the Opera House are the main feature, with light and shadow applied in such a way that the building’s structures are also emphasised.

Tamer Abol Ghar, Philips country manager for Egypt commented: “It is with great pride that we can unveil the stunning LED makeover of the Cairo Opera House. The lighting not only magnifies the beauty of the renowned building, but it will also enable a significant reduction of energy consumption at the Opera House.”

The initial challenge for Philips’ design team was to give the iconic Opera House a more innovative look while maintaining the historic atmosphere. The team used Vaya LED lights which create a wide spectrum of colours to highlight the features of this architectural masterpiece, and allowed Philips to introduce an ambience that changes depending on the performance happening inside the Opera House.

The use of intelligent RGB floodlights on the façade of the Cairo Opera House turns the hall into “a landmark that is highly attractive, adding visual comfort as well as an expressive environment at night,” says Philips. The domes of the building have been also illuminated using intelligent RGB floodlights, with a wide beam angle to highlight the octagonal base shape.

The entire project at the Cairo Opera House took Philips four months to complete – this included the design, implementation and installation of 160 Philips Color Kinetics Vaya LED RGB luminaires.