Royal Philips Illuminates Masterpiece with Own LED Innovations

Oct 27, 2011
Royal Philips recently announced a new lighting deal starting October 26, where the focus will be to illuminate paintings like the Night Watch, a Rembrandt masterpiece. Founder of the renovated Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, Philips will light the painting with more a sustainable, efficient, and innovative LED light system. 

Once the 5-year extension for the lighting partnership was signed by Frans Van Houten, CEO of Philips, and Wim Pijbes, General Director of the Rijkmuseum, the Night Watch was relit by Philips to mark the moment. With an integrated advanced control system, the new lighting will increase the Rijkmuseum's energy efficiency. Aesthetically, the LEDs were also an ideal choice because of the high color rendering that shows the object in the best light possible. 

This most recent step is part of a process that began in 2001, when Philips, as founder, began the greatest restoration and renovation project in the 126-year history of the Rijkmuseum. The Philips Wing itself has held works from the Golden Age ever since its opening in 2003, averaging 950,000 vistors a year. By 2014, this area of the Rijkmuseum will hold major exhibtions, keeping its Philips name permanently. Overall, Rijkmuseum is visited by 2 million people each year.

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Author:  Rebecca Milne

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