Royal Philips has unveiled the huge illumination of Algeria’s iconic Maqam Echahid with its latest LED lighting technology; this is makes it the city of Algiers admirably beautiful and cutting energy consumption by 75 percent at the same time.
Maqam Echahid is by far the most popular attraction in the city, with thousands of tourists visiting it annually. The spectacular Philips LED lighting is likely to further improve the tourism value of the monument.
Philips is showcasing its LED lighting solutions in Algeria as part of the fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow. By making a stopover in Algeria for the second consecutive year, Philips underlines its commitment to enhance life in Africa by improving energy efficiency in Algeria.
“The spectacular lighting of Maqam Echahid demonstrates the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty of LED illumination”, says Eric Heutinck, CEO, Philips Maghreb. “LED lighting innovations provide completely new opportunities to policy makers and governments to enhance city beautification and at the same time contribute to energy saving. We are extremely proud to see how Philips’ lighting solutions are contributing to improving the attractiveness of this stunning independence monument while reducing energy consumption in Algiers”.
For the Maqam Echahid monument, Philips used a total of 9 luminaires, combining red, blue and green in each single luminaire which provides an endless spectrum of colors to highlight the features of this architectural masterpiece.
The advantages of the LED lighting installed at Maqam Echahid include:
- The installed capacity of the lighting system is just 2.6 kW, compared to almost 10.8 kW previously, reducing energy consumption by 75 percent.
- Dynamic lighting that makes it possible to adjust the atmosphere of the site (change of intensity and color).
- A longer lifespan of the installation: around 100,000 hours compared to 12,000 hours with conventional lighting.
- A reduction in maintenance costs: LED luminaires require little maintenance.
Algeria has created a “green momentum” by launching an ambitious program to develop renewable energies and promote energy efficiency. Through combining initiatives and the acquisition of knowledge, Algeria is engaged in a new age of sustainable energy use. Philips’ innovative LED lighting solutions tie in greatly with Algeria’s ambition to improve energy performance in public spaces.
After the launch in Cairo, Algeria is the second stop on Philips’ annual flagship Cairo to Cape Town roadshow (from 14 April to 3 September 2014) which focuses on key challenges facing Africa today – the need for energy-efficient lighting and the revitalization of African healthcare infrastructure.
The Roadshow will make its way across seven countries and ten cities in Africa; next stop will be in Casablanca, Morocco on the 27th of May.