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National Military Museum, Soesterberg, NL


See how corrective action is immediately taken if any lighting problem arises.

Philips museum lighting - National Military Museum

We are story-tellers.

And light is of inestimable

value in this process.''


- Mark de Jong, Kossmann.dejong

During the visit, Photo National Military Museum, Kossmann.Dejong - lighting preserving art
National Military Museum - museum and exhibition lights

Customer challenge


The Heijmans consortium was awarded the contract to build and design this museum. The consortium also had to make a bid for the financing, maintenance and operation of the museum for a period of 25 years.

Museum hall, Photo National Military Museum, Anne Reitsma - museum lighting application

The right lighting


Mark De Jong had to think long and hard about this massive hall, 13 meters in height, contains a large collection of top pieces from Dutch military history, including fighter aircraft, helicopters and tanks. “By using GentleSpace with daylight control, we have made sure that there is always enough light in the hall. This square LED luminaire nicely matches the square grid of the ceiling structure.

In the central section of the museum, the story of the army and air force is told in seven different themed areas. “In order to lend each area a totally different feel, here too we have used Selecon spots”, says de Jong. These RGBW spots make it possible to create not just bright colors, but pastel shades too.

“For special effects, such as flashing or rapid dimming, Philips has developed a customized StyliD Zoom spot for us. This spot has been built into the DMX control system - just like in the theater - be programmed for several scenes.”

Around the museum Philips has provided attractive white light with good color rendering on the car-park and on the major walking routes to the museum with UrbanStar LED.

The museum uses the Dynalight control system to manage the lighting. Thanks to two-way wireless communication with all the light sources, the lighting can be continually managed on a central computer screen. And corrective action is immediately taken if any problem arises. Heijmans can derive a high level of confidence from this ‘backbone’ to the entire museum lighting over the next 25 years.

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