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Scott Monument
Edinburgh, Scotland, 2016

Awards: Highly Commended in the category of Outdoor Lighting at LUX Awards 2016


The intricate Scott Monument in the centre of Edinburgh is 170 years old, has 287 steps, and is a feature of the Edinburgh skyline. KSLD was chosen to provide this beautiful Gothic structure with the lighting that both it and the city of Edinburgh deserves.

The detailed statues and features of the monument provided the main inspiration and focus for the lighting scheme, but early tests showed the masonry itself projected a greenish hue under certain lights. In the end a Xicato Separated Phosphor luminaire was chosen to bring out the sparkle of the stonework.

The second problem was in the historical nature of the monument itself. The masonry is immensely fragile, and so we were restricted to using existing mounts and worked to avoid additional punctures that would cause cracking or structures issues in the future. The base is now lit with custom bollards that illuminate the base of the monument, linking the structure to its urban surroundings.

The majority of luminaries were locally designed and fabricated. All of the luminaries can be maintained and accessed from the monument itself without additional scaffolding. Each beam was hand-focussed. And watt per watt, the new scheme has lower energy consumption for more lights.

Photos by David Barbour (1-8) & Lee Live (9-12)