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‘Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow 2014’ concludes with an exceptional illumination of Castle of Good Hope

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Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, has revealed a sensational lighting makeover of the iconic and historic Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa at the end of its fifth consecutive Pan African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow.


The most recent LED lighting technology has been used to bring dynamic, colourful and eye-catching lighting effects that will bring to life the architectural monument, while allowing 80 percent energy savings compared to the traditional lights presently used within the Castle.

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According to Royal Philips, the magnificent Castle found in the foothills of the iconic Table Mountain, remains a major international tourist attraction, apart from being an architectural masterpiece with a rich history and unique design.

“Philips’ visual lighting concept will furnish the building with an imposing look, with the world famous Table Mountain acting as a splendid backdrop behind the Castle. Philips has used its innovative Vaya Flood LED range combing a spectrum of red, blue and green lighting creating an almost mythical atmosphere throughout the Castle that brings history to life,” Philips added.

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JJ van Dongen, Senior Vice President and CEO at Philips Africa also noted: “Philips is very proud to have placed its knowledge and technology at the service of this iconic monument. The challenge we experienced was to invent effective lighting that would enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it.

“We are very pleased by the results and hope that this enhanced lighting will improve the tourism value of the Castle. Additionally, we believe that this spectacular illumination of the Castle of Good Hope contributes greatly to Cape Town’s unique distinction as the World Design Capital of 2014.”

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The CEO of the Castle of Good Hope, Mr Calvyn Gilfellan further mentioned that they are delighted with the historic project Philips has finished at the Castle and are extremely proud to work within the Castle especially now that they have a wonderfully well-lit Castle at its feet.

Philips had devoted to illuminate and light up iconic monuments in each country visited during the roadshow and this commitment was delivered by providing a stunning lighting makeover of historic, well-recognized monuments within African cities including the Kenya National Archives building in Nairobi, historic Black Star Monument in Accra, Baron Place in Cairo, Wilaya City Hall of Casablanca, Nigerian National Arts Theatre in Lagos and the Maqam Echahid in Algiers.

Cape Town is the final stop on the Cairo to Cape Town roadshow, which concentrates on major challenges facing Africa today such as the revitalization of African healthcare infrastructure and the need for energy efficient lighting. The roadshow commenced in Cairo on April 14, 2014 and ended on September 4 in Cape Town visiting seven countries and ten cities.

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