New light in Italy’s Embassy to the Holy See with artistic lighting project by Enel X

  • The new lighting at Palazzo Borromeo in Rome uses 180 advanced LED lighting points to enhance the architectural heritage and generate energy savings of 69%.


Rome, February 15th, 2019 - Palazzo Borromeo, home of the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, can now boast new artistic lighting through Enel X, the Enel Group's business line for advanced energy services, which has implemented an innovative project to boost sustainability by replacing traditional technologies with cutting-edge LED technology.

A glow of diffused light envelops the exteriors of Palazzo Borromeo and the implementation of new lighting clusters in the internal courtyard brings out the depth of the space, emphasising its volumes and architectural lines. The installation of 180 LED lighting points with a total power of 4.1 kW and an average lamp life of 60 thousand hours will also generate energy savings of 69%.

We are pleased to contribute to an innovative and sustainable project that enhances the Renaissance beauty of Palazzo Borromeo on the occasion of the celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the signing of the Lateran Pact and the 35th Anniversary of the modifications of the Concordat,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X. “The new lighting combines efficiency and sustainability, protecting the artistic heritage housed within the building.

The innovative project created by Enel X is part of a major effort to embellish, restore and conserve the Palazzo, which through the generous contribution of Italian companies and the synergy between the public and private sectors, we were able to complete before the celebration of this important anniversary,” added Italy’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Pietro Sebastiani, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new lighting yesterday.

The entire system installed by Enel X includes LED lamps with excellent colour rendering and a colour temperature of 2700 K. To respect the architectural heritage of Palazzo Borromeo, lighting clusters and equipment occupying the smallest volume of visible space have been used, while still enhancing the structures with the quality and naturalness of the white light. The barrel-vaulted internal corridors, where the same power points of the old system have been retained, receive a stronger flow of direct light, thus indicating the main path to the San Carlo Borromeo Chapel and the grand staircase leading to the main floor. The lighting concept of the two-ramp entrance staircase has been completely redesigned, with indirect lighting washing evenly over the surfaces of the barrel vault, the side walls and the pavement. Finally, the main floor has been re-lamped to increase the colour rendering of the lighting with appropriate additions of museum-class LED lamps, enhancing the architectural and artistic spaces.

Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries and electric mobility.

Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets. It is one of Europe’s largest utilities and figures among Europe’s leading power companies in terms of installed capacity and reported EBITDA. The Group is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with more than 89 GW of managed capacity. Enel distributes electricity and gas through a network of over 2.2 million kilometres, and with around 73 million business and household end users globally, the Group has the largest customer base among its European peers. Enel’s renewable business line Enel Green Power already manages around 43 GW of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower plants in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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