UAE: Lighting installed at Saadiyat Island tunnel

  • UAE: Lighting installed at Saadiyat Island tunnel
    Over 400 GTLED lights have been installed at the 1.2km-long tunnel that runs through Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District.
  • UAE: Lighting installed at Saadiyat Island tunnel
    Over 400 GTLED lights have been installed at the 1.2km-long tunnel that runs through Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District.
Published: 25 January 2016 - 5 a.m.
By: James Morgan

Thorn has supplied more than 400 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for the tunnel that runs through the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

The GTLED luminaires were selected to provide uniform illumination and glare control throughout the tunnel, which connects Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and Zayed National Museum.

Both the electronic drivers and LEDs can cope with ambient temperatures of up to 50°C. The 433 GTLED range has been designed for long-lasting service with a Gore Protective Vent and an IP66 rating for quality, according to Thorn.

The Cultural District tunnel is 12m wide, 6m deep, and only 200m shorter than the nearby Sheikh Khalifa Bridge that links Saadiyat Island to the UAE’s capital city. 200,000m3 of rock and sand had to be excavated for the project.

The tunnel will facilitate the safe and discreet delivery of works of art to each of Saadiyat Island’s new museums. Works by Picasso, Manet, and Gauguin are likely to be amongst the consignments.

The lights selected for the project provide high luminance levels in threshold and transition zones, according to Thorn. The firm added that the higher light levels at the tunnel’s entrance make it easier for the eyes to adjust from natural daylight to artificial light.

Different light levels will be selected during the day, according to the amount of natural daylight outside. An exterior luminance meter has been installed to measure the amount of natural daylight, whilst a lighting flux regulator adjusts the levels inside the tunnel.

The LED luminaires are controlled using the 1-10V dimming method, which is expected to deliver energy savings of approximately 40% compared to conventional methods.
Thorn has supplied more than 400 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for the tunnel that runs through the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

The GTLED luminaires were selected to provide uniform illumination and glare control throughout the tunnel, which connects Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and Zayed National Museum.

Both the electronic drivers and LEDs can cope with ambient temperatures of up to 50°C. The 433 GTLED range has been designed for long-lasting service with a Gore Protective Vent and an IP66 rating for quality, according to Thorn.

The Cultural District tunnel is 12m wide, 6m deep, and only 200m shorter than the nearby Sheikh Khalifa Bridge that links Saadiyat Island to the UAE’s capital city. 200,000m3 of rock and sand had to be excavated for the project.

The tunnel will facilitate the safe and discreet delivery of works of art to each of Saadiyat Island’s new museums. Works by Picasso, Manet, and Gauguin are likely to be amongst the consignments.

The lights selected for the project provide high luminance levels in threshold and transition zones, according to Thorn. The firm added that the higher light levels at the tunnel’s entrance make it easier for the eyes to adjust from natural daylight to artificial light.

Different light levels will be selected during the day, according to the amount of natural daylight outside. An exterior luminance meter has been installed to measure the amount of natural daylight, whilst a lighting flux regulator adjusts the levels inside the tunnel.

The LED luminaires are controlled using the 1-10V dimming method, which is expected to deliver energy savings of approximately 40% compared to conventional methods.

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