Cusco, tucked high away in the Andes Mountains, was the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Today, it is a major tourist destination as nearly 2 million visitors per year begin their journey to discover the wonders of Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins scattered throughout the valley.
As the most ancient urban settlement in America with over 3,000 years of history, the streets of Cusco are steeped in antiquity, mystery and beauty. However, despite its cultural heritage, the city was neglected for many years. As part of a recent major rehabilitation plan, the city decided to replace the lighting in the historic centre of the city with a more energy efficient solution that would enhance the architectural heritage of the city and create a warm and welcoming ambiance at night.
It was essential that the new luminaires perfectly integrate the landscape which consists of many buildings, squares and streets from both pre-colonial and colonial times.
The Cascais LED with its classic design and high-performance was the ideal solution. Just over 100 Cascais LED luminaires equipped with 48 LEDs were installed on the main boulevards and squares to replace the old fixtures fitted with 150W sodium lamps, providing energy savings of 40%.
Installed on decorative posts, they reflect the heritage of the city while providing a bright white light for improved safety and sense of well-being. They contribute to emerging visitors in the history of the city, contributing to the tourist experience.