As part of this year’s Phillips Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, Phillips has unveiled the newly illuminated National Theatre of Ghana.
Phillips, the global leader in lighting has provided the theatre with a stunning makeover using its latest LED technology to boost the beautification of the city of Accra.
The new LED makeover will cut energy consumption by up to 80 percent as compared to the existing conventional lighting.
The new lighting solutions are installed throughout the entire facade of the National Theatre, enhancing its distinctive architectural structure and contributing to the building’s energy-saving performance.
The National Theatre of Ghana opened in 1992 and is a hub of culture and heritage, as well as 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 looked at from a distance, the whole structure looks like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings.
General Manager – Lighting, Philips West Africa, Felix Darko said “the magnificent lighting at the National Theatre of Ghana is testament to the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty of LED illumination.
“LED lighting innovations are providing cities with completely new opportunities in the areas of energy efficiency and city beautification – policy makers and governments the world over are realizing the benefits”, he added.
He said the LED lighting solutions at the National Theatre of Ghana, not only improve the commercial attractiveness of the facility, but will also contribute to the reduction of energy consumption in Accra.
Acting Executive Director of Phillips Amy Appiah Frimpong said Phillips is extremely happy with the completion of the lighting project at the National Theatre and “we have no doubt that the people of Ghana especially in Accra will be just as pleased with the end project”.
She added that “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”.
Mrs Frimpong said the state-of-the-art digital lighting technology will ensure that Ghana has a world-class theatre that is aware of the environment while helping to meet the demand for energy efficiency and “we can’t wait to show the world the transformation on the inside and outside.”
The Philips’ lighting concept is focused on highlighting the significance of this iconic building as an architectural masterpiece and as a source of national pride to Ghana, and in so doing assist with the building’s energy-saving performance.
Ghana is the sixth stop on a journey covering 12,000 km across 11 cities and 8 countries over a period of 4.5 months.
The roadshow has gained significant momentum over the past five years, allowing Philips to get to the heart of some of the key issues facing Africa – including Mother and Child Care, the rise of non-communicable diseases, energy efficient LED and solar lighting solutions, as well as shining a spotlight on the need for clinical education and training.
Last year as part of Philips Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, Philips installed a permanent LED lighting system at Ghana’s iconic Black Star Monument. One year on and the lighting system has proved to be a huge success, beautifying the important building and reducing energy consumption.
Follow the Cape Town to Cairo journey via Twitter @PhilipsGhana or visit www.philips.com/C2CAfrica .
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