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Rocket lights ups Nizhnekamsk night sky

The new lighting also marks the 50th anniversary of Nizhnekamsk city

The tower was previously illuminated with conventional lighting which was energy inefficient
The tower was previously illuminated with conventional lighting which was energy inefficient

A 196m high TV tower in the Russian city of Nizhnekamsk has been equipped with dynamic LED lighting capable of creating light displays using a programmable palette of some 16 million colours.


The architectural lighting project for the landmark structure was undertaken by LLC “SPECTR-SVET” with Philips Lighting providing the lighting technology and consultancy services.


Previously, the Nizhnekamsk television tower was illuminated with conventional lighting, which had the twin disadvantages of being energy inefficient and costly to maintain.


“Architectural lighting plays a significant role in modern city branding,” said Marina Tyschenko, Philips Lighting’s Russia and Central Asia market leader.


“In this instance, our innovative lighting helped the authorities to create a distinct city image of a modern vibrant city. Thrilling light shows from the landmark create a unique experience adding value for citizens, visitors and the authorities.”


The top of the tower, which resembles a Russian Soyuz rocket, was fitted with Philips Color Kinetics Vava floodlights. On the structure’s edges Color Kinetics Archipoint iColor PowerCore accent Led fixtures were installed with 2,800m of Color Kinetics iColor Flex lighting comprising LED modules connected by flexible strings, arranged to form a strong “web.”


The LED lighting effectively forms a continuous media surface upon which programmable light scenes can be created and displayed. Philips’ Color Kinetics light system manager enables interactive dynamic light scenes to be programmed for any holiday or city occasion.


“In 2016, Nizhnekamsk was 50 years old, that’s why we wanted to give citizens a special gift,” said Aidar Metshin, the head of Nizhnekamsk municipal district and mayor of Nizhnekamsk.


“We decided to install the state-of-the-art lighting system on the TV tower to turn it into a landmark that would astonish citizens and city visitors every evening. The result exceeded all our expectations. We are sure that the TV tower will become a new symbol for Nizhnekamsk’s future.”



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