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• Monumento a la Revoluciòn Mexicana (Mexico City)



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• Dual 800 rgbw
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• Archiled 150 rgba

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The monumento a la Revolucion lighting project complements the rehabilitation plan of the Plaza de la Republica. 

The objective was to create the most representative element of the city during the centenary and bicentenary festivities, using artistic lighting and to be recognized both nationally and internationally and became an icon for the country,  equivalent to the Eiffel Tower in France.

As response to the architectonic – urban – social studies, the lighting design is conceptualized as a living lighting, implementing a system of projectors with the latest technology, moderate consumption, and highpowerful Cree XLamp® LEDs.

Mr. Omar Bermudez, lighting designer in charge of the project commented:

“Using LED lighting  fixtures nowadays for architectural projects is becoming  very common,  but the market and the wide product offering could  disappoint the expectations,  most of the time if we look for a significant light output source equivalent to metal halide high wattage sources. 

There are few manufactures that can accomplish this futuristic idea and Studio Due was the one that has in its product range such powerful LEDs Lighting fixtures.

The main reasons for which I have choosen Studio Due were related to the quality of the products, especially in the light output as well as  in the optical part, the well developed process assembly with an high degree of protection in all the projectors,  and the service/technical support along all the project from the professionals of the brand, always willing to help”

“Properly illuminating historical monuments requires excellent lighting design and precisely designed lighting fixtures,” said Ralf Buehler, Cree Europe vice president. “Studio Due luminaires, featuring Cree’s powerful and bright XLamp XP-E LEDs are enabling the beautification of the Monumento a La Revolución with the benefits of LED lighting.”

The aim was to create different scenes by color changing, alternating and grading their intensities thanks to the DMX programming.

Three different Universes were created to drive the high number of lighting fixtures installed. 

Particularly have been installed:

  •  52 DUAL800
  •  21 SINGLE400
  •  48 ARCHILED150

The lighting design is composed with exterior projectors around the four support elements, in the terraces, the dome and the lantern. 

“The architecture of the building demanded powerful projectors to reach every square centimeter.

I wanted to get cover in the bottom part, the highest, the most complicated one, and the use of  the DUAL 800 demonstrated a large lighting capacity. Using a couple of them I reached the goal with spectacular results placing them around each leg.”, commented Mr. Omar Bermudez.

The DUAL800 has been used to reach an height of 22 meters from the bottom to the top. To grant the effect of a uniform light, the double heads were equipped with diversification of lenses. 

10° on the head on the top and 23° on the bottom one. This diversification represent a good compromise between the depth of the light required for the height of the Monumento and a uniform light needed to cover uniformly  the surfaces of the columns.

As Mr. Omar Bermudez commented:

“The SINGLE 400 were placed in the interior around the dome, with the idea to flood all the space and been seen from the outside, through the loop holes in the façade. One more fixture was placed in the interior of the lantern in the highest point of the monument,  lighting the ceiling and using it as a giant reflector dish”.

The SINGLE400 were used inside the chapel to light the internal structure and to harmonize simultaneously some scenes playing with the dimmer, with the aim to give the sensation as  the whole element is a  “beating giant heart”.

Still Mr. Omar Bermudez, reported:

“The Archiled accomplished very well the task of high output-small size combination, in the repetitive elements in the upper levels, and the faculty to use different lenses as well as the others from the brand, spot light for a defined strip or wide beam according every case” 

The aim of the Lighting Designer was to have many effects in order to meet the demanding requirements of this project.  

Using the maximum versatility of the fixtures, several scenes were designed from “painting” all the monument in one color, passing trough all the chromatic scale or specific, many of them related with the symbolism of the centenary and bicentenary festivities. 

Lighting Project Datas

Architect & Lighting Designer: Mr. Omar Bermudez

Engineer & Lighting Programmer: Mr. Pedro Gonzalez

Supervisor Studio Due Lighting: Mr. Paolo Carvone
Lighting Contractor: Citelum Mexico
Client: AEP, Public Space Authority
Award Date: August 25
Start of work: Sep 13
Opening: November 20

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