The Pantheon

One of the biggest attractions in Rome, the Pantheon, is bathed in a new, architecturally apropos lighting design thanks to the Lumenpulse Lumenbeam Inground luminaires' ability to create uniform, accurately delivered, high-quality light.

Tasked with highlighting the ancient exterior architecture of one of the world's best-known landmarks, the Pantheon in Rome, ACEA SpA used Lumenpulse's Lumenbeam Inground luminaires to keep the light source hidden and the light precisely laid where it needed to be.

The Lumenbeam Inground luminaires apply light to the ancient architecture in such a way as to emphasize the beams of light themselves while fully respecting the perspective of the front columns without creating bright accents. This was one of the main goals of both the client and lighting design. The idea was to keep visual impact of the fixtures themselves to a minimum while supplying light that would illuminate the Pantheon as per its varied exterior architectural contexts. The architectural elements that needed to be lit included the portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment, as well as the rectangular vestibule that links the porch to the rotunda, and the rotunda itself. Each monolithic column used two strategically placed Lumenbeam Inground luminaires with Narrow Asymmetric optics and a cooler color temperature (3500K) to thoroughly light and accentuate the gray granite and white capitals and bases.

The Piazza del Pantheon, where the Pantheon is situated, is one of the busiest squares in Rome.  The robust yet subtle Lumenbeam Inground luminaires are designed to handle high-impact usage under foot and vehicular traffic while still providing precision light regardless of the weather.  Needless to say, this renowned world heritage site possesses an immense cultural value and the lighting needed to reflect and respect this lineage. For this project, the excellent optical control and light flux control of the Lumenbeam Inground were key, and in particular, the Narrow Asymmetric optics gave the lighting designers the exact effect they needed. 

The overall achievement of the new lighting design has created a glowing wonder, an architectural outlier that has allowed the public to center on the Pantheon's historical value as it is uniquely lit and among the many buildings in its proximity.

18 x Lumenbeam Inground Large (3500K, Narrow Asymmetric)

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Location: Rome, Italy
Market: Arts + Culture, Urban
Client: ACEA SpA
Lighting Design: ACEA SpA
Photographer: Matteo Canestraro