Smart lighting control for arts and culture

Museums and historical buildings are some of the more complex building types to illuminate. Flexible solutions are sought that will incorporate modern lighting requirements while preserving architectural features.  

Often housing cultural artifacts available for public viewing, interior lighting should reveal art forms in a way that is both emotive and aligned with health and safety regulations. Lighting can radically alter the way in which an artwork is perceived, therefore, the precision-tweaking of light temperature, color, positioning, and brightness becomes a fine art itself.

Improper illumination of historical buildings can be a source of enormous light pollution that can be detrimental to local habitats and a venue’s sustainability claims. Lighting needs to be installed and controlled with minimal disturbance to daily life and conservation efforts but orchestrated in a way that brings history to life.

Casambi eliminates the need for scaffolding to manually dim individual lights. Exhibition lighting is configured instantly from the app.

The Al Doho Quarter, in Riyadh, experienced a 60% drop in energy consumption after installing Casambi control. 

The Panathenaic Stadium, in Athens, reduced its light pollution by 70+% through Casambi control.

LEDs can be dimmed all the way to 0.1% so that exactly the right light level can be achieved for every exhibit. 

Wireless lighting control for arts and culture 

The combination of LEDs with wireless control opens the doors to networked lighting and the augmentation of energy and data services.

Casambi provides lighting designers with the ability to wirelessly link luminaires together enabling the end-user – be it the facility manager, curator, or artist – to create personalized smart lighting ecosystems, which can be remotely controlled from a mobile device.

Design considerations

Long-term Heritage Conservation

To assure that a new design will be easy to install, maintain, re-lamp, and reconfigure without the need for surface reconstruction and the pulling of wires to rig up a new lighting system.

Revolving Exhibition Needs 

To ensure that different lighting scenarios can be created in the most effective and energy-efficient way, and that auxiliary lighting can be incorporated and controlled easily, and if necessary, separately.

Health & Safety

To provide appropriate light levels to carry out tasks performed in the space. Emergency lighting should also be cognizant of sustainability drivers while preserving heritage features and simultaneously catering to all the different use cases within the space.


To minimize energy consumption and provide the tools that enable continuous monitoring and analysis of a lighting system’s energy performance.

All the features needed for modern lighting control

Non-disruptive installation and rapid commissioning

Wireless lighting can be installed without the need for surface reconstruction, and can be commissioned remotely from an app.

Controlled from mobile devices

Luminaires can be turned on/off remotely, easily reconfigured, and recommissioned from a mobile device. 

Daylight harvesting

Adjustable lighting strategies can be programmed and implemented – such as daylighting, whereby automated controls can adjust the lighting to maintain a target level, reducing energy costs.

Occupancy detection

Sensors can detect motion to indicate the presence of a person and automatically turn on lights only when they are needed.

Task tuning

Lighting can be adjusted to the optimal level for individual task areas improving worker safety and saving energy across a site.

Easily retrofittable

Wired installations can be expanded wirelessly and upgraded to include occupancy and daylight sensors.   

Wireless emergency lighting

Such a system minimizes physical equipment and power containments, keeps ceilings clear, and allows the end user to run remote and automated system testing.

Scheduling and timers

It is possible to create time-based scenes that turn on, off, or dim selected luminaires to preset levels according to bespoke needs. 

Specify with Casambi

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