New Delhi: Continuing with its tradition of lighting up the heritage and historical monument – The India Gate, Philips India, will contribute to the enhanced look of the iconic symbol of the nation. ELCOMA (the industry body for lighting manufacturers) selected Philips Lighting for this initiative of installing brighter and whiter lights which will transform the majestic view of the India Gate. The new look will be unveiled by Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Secretary, Urban Development Ministry and Mr. A.K. Jain, Special Director General, CPWD on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajeev Chopra, CEO & MD, Philips Electronics India Limited, said, “Philips is extremely proud to design the lighting for the India Gate. This time the look is whiter which has also been inspired from many heritage properties around the world. Today’s buzz is energy efficiency and we have ensured that the new installation not only saves energy but also enhances the magnificence of the towering monument.”
According to Mr. H.S. Mamak, Advisor, ELCOMA, “redoing the lighting at the India Gate is a part of our “Energy Efficiency Lighting Week” (2nd – 9th October 2012) initiative which is being observed on the sidelines of the Lights India International event taking place in New Delhi. We chose Philips to help us in lighting up the majestic monument. It’s a delight to witness the magnificence of white lighting and how it has changed the entire atmosphere surrounding the India Gate.
The new lights are energy efficient and environment friendly and will creatively illuminate the unique features of the India Gate. The CDM (Ceramic Discharge Metal Halide) lamps which have been used will deliver crisp and stable light and will perfectly render the true colours of the Jodhpuri stone of the India Gate. Brighter and whiter lighting will also increase visitors’ flow and generate a “feel good” factor among the tourists and city dwellers who are drawn to this monument.
The landscape surrounding the India Gate will also be reinvigorated using coloured LED lights which will strategically redefine the entire look of the monument improving the night time experience by a great deal.
The new lighting solution – CDM that is being used to light up the India Gate has previously been installed at various heritage properties across the world, e.g. Air Force Memorial, Alliance Airport, Texas (USA), Arc de Triomphe, Paris (France), Bunker Hill Monument, Boston, Massachusetts (USA), Guru Tegh Bahadur Memorial, New Delhi (India) and Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara, Punjab (India). Philips will maintain the lighting system for the first six months from the date of installation post which it will be handed over to CPWD for future maintenance.