Philips Lighting revealed the illumination of North and South Block of the Central Secretariat building in New Delhi using Philips dynamic façade lighting. These iconic buildings house the Cabinet Secretariat, which administers the Government of India and are an integral part of India’s historical and political heritage.
The buildings were built in 1931and 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, New Delhi, 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.
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), an attached organisation of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.
Sumit Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Philips Lighting India, said, “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 colors that will accentuate the rich blend of traditional Indian and British architecture. The new dynamic lighting system is also energy efficient and will make these buildings a visual treat.”