Ghana as a country is currently facing acute energy crisis which has taken a toll on industries, levels of lives, hospitals and productivity as well.
In its bid to lessen the energy crisis, Philips the global leader in lighting has taken a giant step by invigorating the iconic National Theatre in Accra with spectacular digital LED Lighting as part of its Philips Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow.
The Lighting will also beautify the city of Accra, while also cutting energy consumption by up to 80% as compared to the existing conventional lighting. The new lighting solution s are to be installed throughout the entire faced of the National Theatre.
More so, the concept is focused on highlighting the significance of the iconic building as an architeectural masterpiece and as a source of national pride to Ghana. This will also help with the building’s energy saving performance.
The new lighting system is said to cover the 78m base platform of the National Theatre and also illuminate the entire area of the central ship, as well as the the columns supporting the ship. With the lifespan of up to 50,000 hours.
The Vaya LED Lighting solutions are entirely cutting edge, with each luminaire having its own IP address; making it feasible to produce up to 16 million different lighting colors as well as remotely monitoring the performance of each light point.
Besides, the new Philips lighting fixtures last much longer and reduce the need for periodic replacement.
Commenting on the illumination of the National Theatre of Ghana, Mr. Felix Darko , General Manager – Lighting, Philips West Africa said, “The magnificent lighting at the National Theatre is testament to the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty of LED illuminations.
The LED lighting solutions at the National Theatre of Ghana, not only to improve the commercial attractiveness of the facility, but will also contribute to the reduction of energy consumption in Accra” , he said.
This he said, last year as part of Philips Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow, Philips installed a permanent LED Lighting systems at Ghana’s iconic Black Star Monument.
The Acting Executive Director,National Theatre of Ghana of Mrs. Army Appiah Frimpong, commended Philips for embarking on such laudable project.
“This project mirrors the revitalization that is happening within the theatre; the LED lighting is complementing the changes that are occurring on the inside. It is making visible the work of our highly talented contributors and artists who perform at the theatre regularly.
The state of the art digital lighting technology ensures we have s world class that is aware of its environment, while also helping us meet our demand for energy efficiency. We can’t wait to show the world the transformation on the inside and outside”, she averred.
The National Theatre of Ghana was opened in 1992 and is a hub of culture and heritage , as a well a source of national pride for the city of Accra.
The elegant and imposing National Theatre has a complicated construction molding and novel exterior features.When viewed from a distance , the whole structure looks like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings.
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, consumer Lifestyle and Lighting .
Headquarters in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 108, 000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.
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By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.gh