The interior lighting of Notre-Dame Cathedral
With lighting designer Armand Zadikian as the guide
1. November, 2017
18.45 – 21.00
The excursion was part of the Professional Lighting Design week in Paris.
In 1163, in the presence of the King Louis VII, Pope Alexander III laid the first stone of what has become Notre Dame Cathedral. Built in about a century, the building quickly became one of the most famous monuments of France, today attracting 13 million visitors annually. Despite the high number of visitors, the cathedral is still primarily a place of worship, but also accommodates concerts and events.
Electric lighting was first applied the interior in 1904, and the lighting system has undergone several changes since that time. The majority of the lighting installations dating back to the 1970s and 1980s were energy-intensive, which resulted in the decision to accommodate contemporary needs and change the interior lighting to LEDs between 2011 and 2012.
Lighting designer Armand Zadikian developed and realised a lighting design which is in accordance with the spiritual purpose of the monumental building and incorporates discreetly applied, energy-saving luminaires that ensure reliability and safety. The scheme allows for the creation of diverse lighting scenarios, depending on the event taking place in the cathedral – be it a church service, religious celebrations or concerts. Another important factor under consideration when installing the approximately 450 luminaires in the cathedral was that the lighting needed to meet the requirements for regular TV broadcasts of the Sunday service.
PLDC offered an excursion to Notre Dame outside public opening times on 1. November, 2017.Lighting designer Armand Zadikian introduced his work and demonstrated different possible lighting scenarios.
Photo copyright: Armand Zadikian