ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING CONCEPT
At the end of 2020, as part of a general restoration project of the surrounding area, it was decided to replace the existing lighting system dating back to 2013, which was still based on discharge lamp fixtures. According to the defined lighting concept, the architectural and artistic illumination of the Triumphal Arch combines the use of two concepts: accent lighting and general floodlight.
Enhancing the decorative elements of the arch with selective accents of tunable white light was the most difficult part of the project. The front columns, the standing and sitting statues, the chariot with horses, as well as the precious friezes are all made of black marble, which reflects the light in an atypical way.
Owing to its compact size and powerful light output, CAPITAL 100 in tunable white configuration has been selected to light up the 28m high columns that surround the monument. The fixtures have been installed at the base of each column to enhance, through different optics combinations, their dark, smooth surface. Decorated with high reliefs, the high-rise level of the historic arch has been highlighted with units of RUBY XP DW fitted with elliptical optics, and mounted on the front cornice. Their backlight effect perfectly emphasizes the volume of the various decorative elements, providing a comfortable visual reading of the columns, softly highlighting the sculptures of ancient warriors.
The ultra compact luminaire MICRO-CLIP MC in dynamic white colour configuration fitted with wide optics has been employed to enhance the statues of this level. The illumination of the six horses with a chariot and the winged goddess Nike crowning the arch is delivered by an array of CAPITAL 100 and RUBY XP, respectively equipped with narrow and elliptical optics. The light accents on Nike's figure are provided by JADE 9 with medium and extra wide optics.
The general flood lighting is easily delivered by the powerful CAPITAL 600 RGBW. The double bank fixtures have been installed in each of the four technical pits located on both sides of the arch. The selected narrow optics perfectly ensure uniform light coverage in spite of the distance.