Design of lighting in Langjökull glacier


Testing has now begun of methods and equipment for lighting in the ice tunnel in Langjökull. It is safe to say that this is an unusual project as many factors need to be considered that differ from lighting under conventional conditions.

The first tests involved various equipment as well as methods for installing it in the ice. An assessment took place of how much light is needed in order to light up the ice and what colours give the best results. Also to be assessed is how well the equipment holds up under these conditions and how much melting occurs over time, although by using LED lights, heat loss is minimized.


The goal is that all electricity for the lighting and other uses in the ice tunnel will be produced by wind and solar power.


Figure: Ágúst Gunnlaugsson, lighting designer, installs lighting equipment in the ice.

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