Philips Entertainment luminaires highflying eco-credentials deliver Solution for New Zealand Aviation Display Hall

16 July 2012,

Auckland, New Zealand: - New Zealand’s Museum of Transport and Technology was established in 1964 to collect and conserve trams, steam engines, and other vehicles used throughout the country's history. The museum houses New Zealand’s largest single collection of aviation heritage including such notable pieces as aircraft parts belonging to pioneer Richard Pearce who was New Zealand's first aviator, and one of the last remaining Avro Lancaster Bombers. 

MOTAT recently completed an impressive new Aviation Display Hall for their aircraft collection. Designed by Studio of Pacific Architecture to tell the story of New Zealand's unique and innovative civilian, agricultural and military flight history, the hall is constructed of wooden structural elements and is the largest building of its type in New Zealand. The winner of several major architectural awards including the NZIA award for sustainable architecture, the Aviation Display Hall has a rainwater harvesting system, naturally reticulating air conditioning and a Philips Entertainment lighting system that reduces the overall lighting load from 250kW to under 20kW.

190 carefully chosen Philips Entertainment luminaires deliver on the sustainable design goals without compromising performance while engaging and delighting visitors of all ages. Philips Entertainment RGBAW LED luminaires, Philips Selecon Aureol Beamshapers and Pacific Zoomspots are used to illuminate the aircraft and associated displays, controlled by a Philips Strand Lighting Rack Palette 3000.

Stuart Mitchell, NZ sales manager for Philips Selecon comments, “The choice of an LED solution for this installation was simple. Serious lack of access over and around the aircraft meant we had to have an extremely low maintenance system and all the luminaires we chose provide that. There is exceptional control, and enough useful light output for some of the longer throws (over 20m). Backed by our three year warranty, we’ve all but guaranteed the client a lighting system that will perform and evolve above expectations for many years.”