The before and after photos reveal St. Peter's in a whole new light.
Visitors and pilgrims to St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, have always been treated to the sight of the finest art adorning its high ceilings, but between the distance and the poor lighting, it has been easier for students to study the ceiling in pictures, rather than strain one’s neck for hours trying to distinguish minute details on the dimly lit domes.
Now, the treat is getting sweeter, as the Germany-based OSRAM light company has completed the much-needed lighting upgrade in St. Peter’s Basilica, trading the old halogen lights for around 780 LED luminaries, which house about 100,000 LED lights. The project came after OSRAM successfully completed similar installments in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square.
LEDs Magazine reports lights were installed at heights ranging from 12–110m (39–361 ft), brightening the domes by a factor of 10. The new light has illuminated frescoes, mosaics, paintings, statues, and other features that have waited in partial shadow for centuries — especially Michelangelo’s 137m-high (450-ft) main dome.
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