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LED lighting for the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Posted on Thursday August 1 2013, by Tim Whitaker

A new LED lighting scheme utilizing 0.75 million LEDs has been installed in the Netherlands’ renovated Rijksmuseum.

Key Facts

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Zhaga member: Philips Lighting

Products used in this project:

  • 5900 x Fortimo LED Strip modules

– designed to be compliant with Zhaga Book 7

  • 3800 x Fortimo LED SLM Tight Beam light engines

– certified to Zhaga Book 2

  • Fortimo LED Line 3R modules

– designed to be compliant with Zhaga Book 7


Royal Philips Electronics has provided an LED lighting scheme for the renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the world’s most famous art galleries. The lighting scheme utilizes several Zhaga-based LED modules from Philips.

The Challenge

The Rijksmuseum is an enormous building, and the art collection comprises over 7500 artefacts, exhibited throughout 9500m2 of gallery space.

During the building’s renovation, the main focus for the new lighting scheme was to bring out the unique features of each work of art, as well as creating effects and visual contrasts that closely mimic the colour rendition of natural daylight.

The museum leadership was also concerned about long-term maintenance issues and the availability of other suppliers for the chosen LED-based products. This pointed to the use of Zhaga-based modules.

The Solution

The new lighting scheme utilizes 0.75 million LEDs, including 3,800 StyliD LED spotlights and more than 1.8 km of LED strip lighting in the ceiling, as well as an advanced lighting-control system.

The StyliD fixtures contain Fortimo LED Spotlight Module (SLM) Tight Beam light engines, while the light strips for indirect uplighting were built using Fortimo LED Strip modules. Also, Fortimo LED Line 3R modules were used in decorative chandeliers.

All of these Fortimo products are designed to be compliant with Zhaga interface specifications.

Benefits of Zhaga

Zhaga is a global consortium that develops interface specifications for LED light sources. This enables the interchange of LED light sources from different suppliers, without changing the design of the LED luminaire.

Because the end user is not buying a proprietary technology and is not tied to a single manufacturer, Zhaga specifications offer peace of mind and reduce the risk of not being able to obtain compatible components in the future. 

Long-term availability of LED components is an important concern for major projects such as the Rijksmuseum. Brad Koerner, Director of Experience Design at Philips Lighting, said: “Even though the common perception is that LEDs have such long lifetimes that maintenance is of trivial concern, key issues such as reparability, expected failure rates, and availability of components long into the future demanded a modular approach.”

Another important factor for the Rijksmuseum was the availability of alternative suppliers for the specified LED solutions, so that the choice was not limited to one unique manufacturer.

“As such, LED modules were agreed upon that meet the Zhaga Consortium’s specifications, including the Philips Fortimo LED SLM spot module for the spot fixtures and the Philips Fortimo LED Strip module for the indirect uplighting,” said Koerner.

The use of Zhaga-compliant LED modules means that multiple manufacturers are able to offer LED light engines with the same optical, mechanical, electrical and thermal interfaces. This offers peace of mind and ensures that the Rijksmuseum has the potential to repair or upgrade the lighting fixtures in the future.

More Information

Full details of the Rijksmuseum project and the Philips LED lighting solution can be found here:

Philips Lighting Rijksmuseum project