• A - Visitors Walkways Before-After
  • B - Aquarium building, exhibition walkways
  • B - Aquarium building, exhibition walkways
  • B - Aquarium building, exhibition walkways
  • C - Replacement of existing HPS lamps over Aquarium roof
  • C - Replacement of existing HPS lamps over Aquarium roof
  • C - Replacement of existing HPS lamps over Aquarium roof
  • C - Nave Italia Before and After LED installation

Acquario di Genova is one of the largest aquaria in Europe, located in the old harbor area of Genoa, and is one major touristic attraction in Italy.  

Main characteristics of the pilot project
The pilot project focused on revamping the lighting design in three specific areas. The new lighting design aimed for flexibility, easier maintenance and above all at improving the user experience for visitors and staff.

The three areas are:
1)  Circulation and exhibition links
2)  Touch pool area
3)  Seals and Manatees tanks

The lighting system needed an upgrade in general. The challenge being that in all areas of the aquarium the lighting levels should be different during visitor hours, cleaning operations hours, event hosting periods,... In addition, emergency lighting was needed. The reflections had to be controlled so as not to interfere with the visitors’ experience. Some lighting installations are also in a particular environment where fixtures and associated drivers need to be resilient to high temperatures and a saline environment.  

  • Visitors walkways: the original lighting system was a mix of various kinds of fixtures (halogen, fluorescent, etc.) resulting in a mess and in wasting of energy.
  • Touch pool area: the original lighting consisted of more than 120 lighting sources: halogen, HQI, fluorescent lamps. The area was overlit whilst the scenographic effect was poor.
  • Manatees and Seals tanks: the original lighting was made of high power HQI lamps mounted outdoors, over the roof windows. They were very energy wasteful.

• Visitors Walkways:
The lighting system is now uniform and better integrated in the aquarium’s general look. One single system is installed, that can fit all the possible lighting requirements from the cleaning-up in the morning to the gala dinners at night.

• Touch pool area:
The lighting system now gives different colours to the rocks and exhibits. The pool is well-lit and visitors’ attention focuses naturally on the rays.

• Manatees and Seals tanks:
The adoption of internal lights has resulted in a significant reduction in electrical power use and the position of the lamps under the bridge have increased the value of underwater sightseeing from the top.

Energy Savings
The energy saved is around 54%

Awareness-raising activities
Visitors can learn about the ILLUMINATE project and the new LED lighting system thanks to a video clip and a panel exhibition.

Next steps
Thanks to the great results achieved and to the knowledge gained through the experienced partners in the consortium, the aquarium is now looking towards installing further of Solid State Lighting (LED) systems in its structures.

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