Philips strengthens Nigeria’s ambition to improve energy efficiency


Royal Philips, has unveiled a stunning lighting makeover of the well-renowned Nigerian National Arts Theater in Lagos one of the most iconic buildings in the city, as part of its fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow.

Philips has installed its latest range of RGB (red, green, blue) LED luminaires around the National Theater complex, emphasizing the beauty of the structure and cutting energy consumption by up to 80% as compared to the existing conventional lighting.

Philips’ concept is focused on highlighting the significance of this iconic building as an architectural masterpiece and as a source of national pride to Nigeria, and in so doing assist with the buildings energy saving performance. The new Philips lighting will transform the theater façade, while illuminating the distinctive, memorable and eye-catching mass and structure. The visual lighting concept will provide the building with an imposing look in the Lagos skyline.

“The spectacular lighting of Nigerian National Arts Theatre demonstrates the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty of LED illumination”, says Abdallah Hussein, CEO, Philips West Africa. “LED lighting innovations provide completely new opportunities to policy makers and governments to enhance city beautification and at the same time contribute to energy saving. We are extremely proud to see how Philips’ lighting solutions are contributing to improving the attractiveness of this stunning architectural marvel while reducing energy consumption in Nigeria”.

The National Arts Theater is a cultural landmark located at Iganmu, in the heart of Lagos. It is the primary center for the performing arts in Nigeria and, as such, is considered a monument and a celebrated icon within Lagos. Covering an area of about 23,000 square meters and standing well over 31 meters tall, the multipurpose National Theatre was established for the preservation, presentation and promotion of Arts and Culture in Nigeria. It is a sophisticated building which acts as a rallying point for both Nigerian and international artistes wishing to share experience with their Nigerian counterparts.

The National Arts Theater is already a popular attraction in the city, with thousands of visitors annually. The spectacular Philips LED lighting is likely to further improve the tourism value of the monument.

Philips has used a total of 48 LED luminaires, combining red, blue and green in each single luminaire, which provides an endless spectrum of colors to highlight the features of this architectural masterpiece.  There are also 30 LED white light projectors, which highlight the pillars of the theater.

Nigeria has set a clear growth and development agenda in its Vision 20:2020 ( It seeks to become one of the 20 largest economies in the world, raise living standards, expand access to electricity to 75 per cent of the population and decouple growth from dependence on petroleum. Philips’ innovative LED lighting solutions tie in greatly with Nigeria’s ambition to improve energy performance in public spaces.


“We’re delighted with the project Philips has completed at the National Theater of Arts here in Lagos,” states Mr. Mallam Kabir Yusuf, General Manager and CEO of the National Theater. “To think that such an iconic building in the Lagos skyline now has a state-of-the-art digital lighting technology for the façade is just wonderful. Now the world class and environmentally friendly look of the building ascetically from outside at night will complement the top class contribution of performers and artists inside the building, as well as the breathtaking renovations that have recently taken place in and around the big edifice.”

Lagos is the fifth stop on Philips’ annual flagship Cairo to Cape Town roadshow (from 14 April to 3 September 2014) which focuses on key challenges facing Africa today – the need for energy-efficient lighting and the revitalization of African healthcare infrastructure. Philips has committed to lighting up and illuminating iconic monuments in every city visited during the roadshow with the latest LED technology. As the number one LED lighting company in the world, Philips will now provide a stunning lighting makeover of historic, well-recognized monuments in African cities.

The Roadshow will make its way across seven countries and ten cities in Africa. The next stop will be in Accra, Ghana on 15th July 2014.



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