Using its dynamic facade lighting, global lighting major Philips Lighting has illuminated the North and South Block of the Central Secretariat building in New Delhi.
The iconic buildings that house the Cabinet Secretariat are an integral part of the country’s historical and political heritage. Built in 1931, the buildings are home to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and ministries of Defence, Finance, Home Affairs and External Affairs of the Cabinet of India. Situated on Raisina Hill, the Secretariat comprises two blocks of symmetrical buildings – North Block and South Block – on opposite sides of the great axis of Rajpath, and flanking the Rashtrapati Bhavan or the President’s House.
“We are honoured to be involved in this prestigious project to illuminate the North and South Block of the Central Secretariat in New Delhi. Starting this week, our dynamic LED lighting will illuminate these buildings using a palette of 16 million colours that will accentuate the rich blend of traditional Indian and British architecture,” said Sumit Joshi, vice chairman and MD, Philips Lighting India Ltd at the inauguration event on Wednesday. “The new dynamic lighting system is also energy-efficient and will make these buildings a visual treat,” he added.
Elaborating about the functionality of the lighting, Joshi said that Philips Color Kinetics utilises the latest advancements in LED technology to create themes and customised light recipes that can be used for important national festivals and celebrations. Additionally, the system also has dimming features that will enable the buildings to reduce electrical consumption during non-peak hours.
“In all, approximately 662 light points have been implemented to create the stunning lighting effects. The light points are controlled by the advanced light management system, Philips Color Kinetics Light System Manager gen5, which can store multiple preset scenes, creating unique light shows with varied effects like ripple, cross-fade, particle and burst.”
The lighting was installed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).