Ghana's iconic independence structure, the Black Stars monument can now light up after sunset, thanks to spectacular LED lighting works done by international electronic and lighting company, Philips.
The digital lightening technology provided by the global electronic company has improved the beauty of the monument but also added another touch of tourism value of the area.
The Black Star Monument, located in Accra in the historic Independence Square, commemorates the independence of Ghana in 1957 and is considered an architectural masterpiece.
The entire Independence Square area is one of the most visited landmarks in the city. All major national public gatherings and national festivals are hosted in the square.
The over 50 years old structure fades out of significance in the night because of inadequate lightening. The old lightening was also inefficient, consuming approximately 11.00 kW.
The new installation takes up 3.0kW – an 80% reduction in energy consumption. The LED lighting is expected to last 80,000 hours or 3,333 days.
This is a massive improvement from the previous lifespan of 10,000 hours.
The digital LED lighting technology used by Philips, creates more light, while making it more focused and controlled. This state-of-the-art lighting system will allow the Black Star Monument to minimize light spill by directing the light exactly to where it is needed; emphasizing the vertical elements of the structure.
CEO, Philips West Africa Abdallah Hussein was happy to announce the completion of the re-installation works.
He noted, "the spectacular lighting of the Black Star Monument in Accra demonstrates the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty in lighting”,
"Philips is very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this iconic monument and contributing towards the preservation of Ghanaian heritage. For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of this monument. The lighting really had to enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it.
"We are very proud of the final result; this reflects how Philips’ lighting innovations provide completely new opportunities to policy makers and governments to enhance city beautification and at the same time contribute to energy saving”.
The work done by Philips is part of an initiative by the reputable LED lighting company in the world will now provide a stunning lighting makeover of historic, well-recognized monuments in African cities.
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