Dubai Frame's architectural lighting details revealed

Signify, formerly called Philips Lighting, outlines the products that make up the frame's lighting system

Dubai Frame's architectural lighting features colour-changing luminaires [image  Signify].
Dubai Frame's architectural lighting features colour-changing luminaires [image Signify].

Details have been revealed of the lights and luminaires used for Dubai Frame, the UAE architectural landmark built by contractor Al Rostamani Pegel that opened on 1 January, 2018 within Za’abeel Park.

Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, worked with Dubai Municipality – the developer behind Dubai Frame – to install dynamic colour-changing lighting for the 150x93m frame.

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Describing Dubai Frame as “one of the world’s most unusual landmarks”, Signify said the “dramatic” building is “the perfect vantage point” for through which to view Dubai, “already home to the tallest skyscraper, the largest shopping mall, and the longest driverless metro system in the world”.

In a statement, Signify said the building’s energy-efficient LED lighting includes 380 Philips Color Kinetics ColourBlast 12 Powercore Gen 4 RGBW luminaires, in addition to 34 Philips Color Kinetics ColorReach Powercore LED  floodlights. The latter range is used for lighting tall and large structures, “providing more punch and light quality for exterior long-throw applications”, Signify said. 

Also fitted on Dubai Frame are 114 Philips Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 Powercore luminaires, plus 56 QLX units from the ColorGraze range. The QLX line highlights the stainless gold cladding of Dubai Frame. 

Signify revealed that its certified value-added partner Uniled installed the lighting units over a six-month period, adding that a Pharos control system is used to manage the setup.

In the 12 months that it has been operational, Dubai Frame has picked up numerous accolades for its engineering excellence. This month saw the frame being named Commercial Project of the Year at the Construction Week Awards 2018, held at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis hotel on 4 December. 

Dubai Financial Market-listed property developer Emaar signed a memorandum of understanding with the city’s municipality in October 2017 to manage Dubai Frame. As part of the agreement, Emaar was to provide guidance on the operations of the building, and advise on the selection, recruitment, appointment, and training of its staff. 

Dubai Frame has been designed to resemble a picture frame through which the city’s landmarks, including Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa, are visible. The project provides views of both newer Dubai developments, as well as Old Dubai, which includes neighbourhoods such as Bur Dubai, Karama, and Deira.

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