Philips Lighting Unhaunts The Most Terrifying House in Australia
Philips Lighting has proved that the right light can transform the mood of any home, even the most haunted dwelling in Australia, the Manly Quarantine Station.
In the experiment, a skeleton crew used Philips Hue and LED lighting products and minimal props to transform the Nurses' Quarters, a place with an horrific past, into a warm and inviting space.
The campaign is the first ever 'Unhaunting', and runs across PR and social.
Before the renovation, a paranormal expert visited the site and confirmed it was one of the most actively haunted sites in the country.
To put it to the test, an unsuspecting couple was invited to spend the night, with the gruesome details of the home's past left out, selling it to them as a romantic night away.
The #lightover (short for light makeover) was a success, with the couple none the wiser in spending the night in what paranormal experts refer to as 'The Demon Room', though they did decline an invitation for a return visit.
Says Simon O'Donnelly, marketing manager, from Philips Lighting ANZ: "Our mission is to take light beyond illumination, making people safer, happier and more comfortable in their homes. We've loved showing how dramatically light can transform not only a space, but the way we feel."
Says Andy DiLallo, chief creative officer, TBWA Sydney: "This campaign was designed to demonstrate the effect lighting has on our mood. In the most dramatic of fashions, we plucked an everyday couple out of their everyday routine and tested our theory. Luckily they were pretty forgiving when we shed some light on the truth of their little getaway. Luckier still, we had an amazing client who was brave enough to buy into a scarily good idea.
Says Roberto Pace, managing director, Eleven: "With nearly three quarters of Australians admitting they're afraid of the dark, we tapped into this common fear, and used the insight to create a compelling story and piece of content that resonates with Aussies. I'm just glad I didn't personally see any ghosts."
Advertiser: Philips Lighting
Creative Agency: Eleven + TBWA\Sydney
Creative Director: Russ Tucker
Chief Creative Officer: Andy DiLallo
Managing Director: Roberto Pace
Account Executive: Caitlin Jokovic
General Manager: Fiona Milliken
Senior Copywriter: Cameron Dowsett
Senior Art Director: Mark Tallis
Senior Producer: Amanda Cairns-Cowan
Strategic Planner: Natalie Rempalski
Account Manager: Jade Barringer
Account Director: Jade Glashoff
Director: Steve Back
DOP: Bruno Kataoka
Edit Company: Carve & Stitch
Editor: Andy Kristiaman
Sound Design: Beau Silvester
Digital Production Company
Colourist: Marcus Timpson