Kenya National Archives

Philips has placed its state-of-the-art LED technology at the service of the iconic Kenya National Archives. Situated in Nairobi’s central business district, the archives holds and preserves all public records and archives in Kenya. The Kenya National Archives is a museum and an art gallery, all rolled into one. The building was constructed back in 1931 by the National & Grindlays Bank. From 1970 through 1978, it was owned by Kenya Commercial Bank. It was later acquired by the Kenyan government for the National Archives

The move by Philips was done as part of the fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape town road show and it showcased its newest LED technology.

The digital LED technology creates more light, while making it more focused and controlled. The lighting system will allow the Kenya National Archives to minimize light spill and directs light exactly to where it is needed. It will also simplify the maintenance schedule as the innovative LED lights have an extended lifetime of up to 100,000 hours compared to only 20,000 hours with conventional lighting solutions. Energy savings of up to 80% are expeted.

Philips has provided all aspects of the LED lighting at the building, including design consultation, management of the installation with local contractors, programming, commissioning and overall project management.

“Using a state of the art lighting system, the façade and masts of this iconic monument now have lights complementing its architecture and adding to its glory. Moreover, with the energy-efficient LED lighting, the National Archives has not only become more colorful, it also has become a great deal greener. The beautification underlines Philips’ commitment to contribute to Kenya’s energy efficiency ambitions. The people in Nairobi can look forward to many more nights of splendor as the majestic monument flaunts its new look,” says Mary Kuria, General Manager, Philips Lighting East Africa.

According to the United Nations, energy used in buildings in Africa is estimated at 56% of the total national electricity consumption. As part of the part of Kenya’s Vision2030 the government aims to green the economy and to stimulate energy efficiency. By giving the Kenya National Archives a light makeover, Philips demonstrates that LED lighting technology can save energy while enhancing the beauty of a city.