One of the largest castles in Europe, the Citadel of Namur has been washed in colorful illumination as part of Namur’s city beautification program to boost tourism. The city installed a Philips Color Kinetics system that lets the Citadel of Namur host dynamic lights shows.
As part of Namur, Belgium’s beautification program to promote tourism, the Citadel of Namur, one of the largest castles in Europe, now lights up with LED lighting from Philips Lighting. The historic Citadel of Namur was originally built in 937 and has since been rebuilt several times.
From the Middle Ages the Citadel of Namur has held a strategic defensive position for the city in its role as the capital of Wallonia in Belgium. Now the City of Namur wants to spectacularly illuminate the Citadel at night to engage its citizens and attract tourists. The new lighting system also had to respect the fauna and flora of the more than 80 hectares (about 198 acres) large historical monument.
Philips Lighting partnered with Genetec for the installation. And the company also worked with lighting design firm Radiance35 on the design scheme for the castle. Subcontractors Keystone Technologies helped integrate the system technologies, and the firm Painting With Light provided the lighting effects programming.
Overall Genetec installed more than 230 Philips Color Kinetics fixtures including 80 Philips ColorReach RGBW and 150 Philips ColorReach Compact RGBW. Philips’ cloud-based ActiveSite software can dim and remotely control these fixtures.
LED Lighting at Citadel of Namur Uses 75% Less Electricity than Conventional Lights
Consuming up to 75% less electricity than conventional lighting, the new LED lighting system from Philips Lighting also supports the city’s economic and sustainability goals. Additionally, the lighting successfully helps attract tourists, many of whom plan to stay overnight in the city of Namur to enjoy the landmark at night as part of the skyline.
“As one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe, the recently restored Citadel of Namur, deserved attractive and dynamic lighting that emphasizes its architectural splendor and the beauty of the area,” said Arnaud Gavroy, Elderman of the City of Namur and responsible for the Citadel. “The LED technology enables us to downsize our energy cost and to reduce at night the light pollution significantly. We are very happy with the result and want to thank Philips Lighting and the other partners for this job well done.”
In Belgium, the Citadel of Namur serves as one of the most appreciated tourist attractions. “The impact of this new lighting project is huge and is a major contribution to city’s beautification strategy. Furthermore, it underlines our deep knowledge and expertise in supporting projects of historical, architectural and cultural significance,” said Gert Roeckx, country leader Philips Lighting Belgium.
The city unveiled the newly illuminated Citadel on October 13, 2017, with a beautiful light show that highlighted the remarkable history of the Citadel and its importance as a European monument.