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Philips Revitalizes Historic Kenya National Archives Building with Spectacular Digital LED Illumination

Philips Revitalizes Historic Kenya National Archives Building with Spectacular Digital LED Illumination

Philips’ breakthrough energy-efficient LED lighting solutions contribute to Kenya’s energy saving ambitions as part of the Vision2030

21st century LED Technology beautifies city icon as part of the Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow

Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, today showcases its newest LED technology by illuminating the Kenya National Archives in Nairobi as part of the fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow. The stunning light makeover of this iconic Kenyan monument beautifies the central business district of Nairobi, provides energy savings of up to 80%, and supports the ambitions of the Kenyan government to be more energy efficient.

The digital LED technology creates more light, while making it more focused and controlled. The state of the art lighting system will allow the Kenya National Archives to minimize light spill and directs light exactly to where it is needed. The system will also simplify the maintenance schedule as the innovative LED lights have an extended lifetime of up to 100,000 hours compared to only 20,000 hours with conventional lighting solutions. Philips has provided all aspects of the LED lighting at the building, including design consultation, management of the installation with local contractors, programming, commissioning and overall project management.

Greening the Kenya National Archives with energy-efficient LED lighting innovations

It is a moment of pride to see our efforts transform the Kenya National Archives into such an impressive spectacle”, says Mary Kuria, General Manager, Philips Lighting East Africa. “Using a state of the art lighting system, the façade and masts of this iconic monument now have lights complementing its architecture and adding to its glory. Moreover, with the energy-efficient LED lighting, the National Archives has not only become more colorful, it also has become a great deal greener. The beautification underlines Philips’ commitment to contribute to Kenya’s energy efficiency ambitions. The people in Nairobi can look forward to many more nights of splendor as the majestic monument flaunts its new look.

According to the United Nations, energy used in buildings in Africa is estimated at 56% of the total national electricity consumption. As part of the part of Kenya’s Vision2030, the government aims to green the economy and to stimulate energy efficiency. As in many countries, electricity demand is highest in the evenings in Kenya. According to the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Ltd, efficient lighting technologies offer the cheapest and fastest option to reduce this evening peak in electricity demand. By giving the Kenya National Archives a light makeover, Philips demonstrates that LED lighting technology can save energy while enhancing the beauty of a city. It reconfirms Philips’ commitment to contribute to energy efficiency in Kenya.

21st century light technology sheds new light on Kenya’s National Archives

Philips is placing its state-of-the-art LED technology at the service of the iconic Kenya National Archives. Situated in Nairobi’s central business district, the archives holds and preserves all public records and archives in Kenya. The Kenya National Archives is a museum and an art gallery, all rolled into one. The building was constructed back in 1931 by the National & Grindlays Bank. From 1970 through 1978, it was owned by Kenya Commercial Bank. It was later acquired by the Kenyan government for the National Archives. The use of Philips’ LED lighting will further enhance the beauty of this iconic building and will ultimately contribute to the tourism value of the Kenya National Archives.

The advantages of the LED lighting installed at Kenya National Archives include:

  1. The LED lighting system reduces energy consumption by up to 80% compared to conventional lighting.
  2. A far longer lifespan: around 100,000 hours compared to 20,000 hours with conventional lighting.
  3. A reduction in maintenance costs: LED luminaires require little maintenance.

The fifth pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow

Nairobi is the fifth destination on Philips’ annual flagship Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow (from 14th April to 3rd September 2014) which focuses on two key challenges facing Africa today – the need for energy-efficient lighting and the revitalization of African healthcare infrastructure. Philips has committed to illuminating one iconic monument in every city visited during the roadshow with the latest LED technology. As the number one LED lighting company in the world, Philips will now provide a stunning lighting makeover of historic, well-recognized monuments in African cities.

The Roadshow will make its way across seven countries and ten cities in Africa. The next stop will be in Lagos, Nigeria on the 8th of July.

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