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Cathedral of San Ildefonso

Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

Photo Credits: Interior Shots: Hebert Camacho, Exterior Shots: Christiane Selem Bichara

Cathedral glows in amber light


Global Prestige Entrepreneur (GPE) used a variety of luminaires from Color Kinetics to transform the beautiful Cathedral of San Ildefonso and bring the center of Mérida to life.

GPE specified LED lighting solutions because they do not emit infrared and ultraviolet rays which can deteriorate materials, and because their long source life and energy-efficiency would reduce maintenance and energy costs.

Outside, GPE produced a glowing effect by placing iW Blast Powercore luminaires and eColor Graze Powercore luminaires in amber on the tower walls. They lit the main façade with iW Reach Powercore, and lit the shield in the center with eW Blast Powercore. GPE highlighted the fine architectural lines and balconies with eW Graze Powercore. The color temperature on the iW luminaires can be controlled to generate different lighting scenes on the outside façade.

Inside, where it was once dark and difficult to see, decorative details, sculptures, paintings, and pictures are now illuminated with eW Graze Powercore and eW Cove Powercore. For general illumination, GPE hid eW Blast Powercore luminaires throughout the space. The central dome is brought to life with eW Burst Powercore and eColor Graze in amber.

Even though they added new LED lighting in many areas, GPE was able to lower the Cathedral’s monthly electric bill by 78%.
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