55,000 LEDs used to create Psychedelic Cathedral
We have seen the use of LED lighting in strange places, and there have been many cool design ideas by artist to incorporate this energy efficient light source. Well those artists will have to work harder to beat the amazingly psychedelic cathedral at the Belgium festival of lights.
This is a yearly event where hundreds of thousands flock to Belgium during the end of January. The beautiful designed cathedral uses 55,000 LED lights to amaze its spectators and is 28 meters in height.
This beautiful mixture of historic architecture and modern technology is called “Luminarie De Cagna” after the Italian family which installed it. They began in the 1930s and on festive occasions they illuminated buildings and squares with oil and carbide lamps. Soon after they switched to electricity and since 2006 only use LED lightings.
Imagine the power consumption used if traditional lighting was used such as incandescent. The power meter would be on overdrive. However all 55,000 LED lights only use 20 KWh of electricity, unfortunately we are not sure over what time period and cannot calculate the total energy consumption used, but lets say it is around 80% less than incandescent lighting.
So next year if you have some free time head over to Belgium to see the spectacular lighting festival each year, it might even give you some ideas on how to decorate your home.
Maybe one day in Australia we might see buildings covered in LED lighting to attract tourist and give our cities a bit more excitement.
The Trim Energy Team