This was the challenge taken on by Ilti Lucefor the Museo Egizio in Turin.
All that’s gold should glitter
“Lighting brings an exhibition to life,” says Nicola Polzella, Sales and Marketing Manager at Ilti Luce. “That’s why it’s important to get it just right. Lighting a museum is a complex undertaking.” The specific demands and restrictions of museum space are often hard to meet. Conventional lighting can change the color of the artifacts, while dim or indirect light can leave the visitors peering at objects lost in shadow. In addition, lighting that generates heat can damage a museum’s collection, especially ancient objects made of organic material. “The Museo Egizio certainly presents some significant challenges,” says Nicola. “So, to light the Tomb of Kha, we went to the museum’s director, Dr. Eleni Vassilika, with ideas for a very modern solution. At first, she hesitated. She wasn’t sure LEDs could give the effects she needed. We said, ‘Let us try to convince you.’”
Low impact, low energy, lasting impression
The exhibition demonstrates the surprising efficiency of the Philips MASTER LEDspot LV AR111. All the artifacts and the ornate, nested coffins are perfectly illuminated with only 250 watts – replacing some 500 watts of fluorescent strips and eliminating 2400 watts of uplighters. This translates to significant savings in energy costs.
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