Pompeii installs custom versions of Disano’s LED spotlights

Pompeii installs custom versions of Disano’s LED spotlights

  • ·       Disano supplied the LED spotlights illuminating a visitors’ route inaugurated in 2017 to allow a more spectacular vision of the ruins at night.
  • ·       A new, low-energy lighting system returns the architectural works to their natural colours without damaging them.

The Archaeological Park of Pompeii is one of the most important cultural sites in the world. The excavations to unveil this ancient town in the region of Campania, Italy, which was covered by ashes following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, started in mid 18th century. Today, a system of streets, buildings, sculptures, paintings and mosaics, almost still intact, offers visitors from all over the world the unique experience of taking a walk in a city of the first century AD.

The extraordinary complex of Pompeii entered Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 and is one of the most popular and visited places in Italy.

In 2017, at the very centre of the Archaeological Park, managers designed a new light route to provide visitors with a spectacular night visit through the ruins of the ancient city. The installation of LED spotlights, made in a special custom version by Disano illuminazione, created an extraordinary scenic effect, with an environmental friendly technology that reduces energy consumptions and respects the illuminated architectural works. LEDs, in fact, do not emit hazardous UV rays that damage colours and ancient materials.



The new lighting system

The light route was created by Enel Sole by relamping 432 old generation lighting fixtures. For the new system, the choice fell upon the LED spotlights of the Midifloor, Punto and Koala range manufactured by Disano illuminazione in a special version.

The specific features of these spotlights were used to combine the ambient light with the accent light necessary to highlight the different artefacts.

Midifloor is an outdoor recessed spotlight that marks the light route and illuminates the columns and the remains of Pompeii’s ancient streets from bottom-up; Koala and Punto are small-sized spotlights – therefore minimally invasive – that are fully adjustable, capable of designing the site’s light scene.

Fixtures are equipped with LED sources having a colour temperature of 3000K, emitting a warm light that enhances the colours of ancient stones. The korten surface coatings and the customised wiring system facilitate the seamless insertion of the fixtures into the surrounding context. Moreover, they are supplied with special light beam angles (16°, 26°, 40°) to orient light according to the designer’s needs.

The lighting system is controlled with a DMX system that allows varying the power output to optimise consumptions. It also saves up to 60% of power (from 55 KW to 11 KW) compared to previous technologies and provides improved visibility thanks to the quality of the LED light that delivers more natural colours, without damaging materials due to the total absence of UV radiation.

The new LED lights in the Pompeii Archaeological Park are an important example of how lighting can enhance art and monuments. The quality of the LED technology and of the spotlights used in this project is the best way to protect one of Italy’s greatest cultural treasures.

Disano for art and culture. Disano lights are used to illuminate numerous monumental sites across Italy. Some of the most famous sites include the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and the archaeological complex of Selinunte in Sicily. Disano’s fixtures illuminate many churches and basilicas, such as the Monastery Certosa of Pavia and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Museums of great prestige such as the Design Museum of Barcelona (DHUB), the Museo del 900 and the Triennial of Milan use Disano’s lights for both their permanent lighting systems and their temporary exhibitions. Numerous are the lighting systems installed in historical sites in Europe such as Warsaw’s Old Town and the Sanctuary of Czestochowa in Poland. Worth mentioning are also the lighting systems for major universities and libraries such as the Vatican Library and the National Braidense Library in Milan.


Foto di Giacomo Acunzo, courtesy Parco Archeologico di Pompei.


  • Posted by Redazione
  • On October 3, 2018


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