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New lighting scheme for Sistine Chapel

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The world-famous frescoes in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel will be illuminated by a new LED system from February 2014, marking the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death

The new system is designed by Osram and will consist of almost 7,000 LEDs which will provide a level of illumination almost 10 times higher than the current lighting installation but will consume 60 per cent less power. Light fittings will also be invisibly positioned below windows so that light is emitted from the same direction as natural daylight

Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums said: ‘We want to honour the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death by giving his masterpiece new lighting… After the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s works should be illuminated with LEDs. The aim has to be the upgrading of all the Vatican Museums.’

He added: ‘The very first person to see the new lighting will be the Pope. It is, after all, his chapel, the most important chapel in the world.’

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