LEDs Light Up Smithsonian Collection

You’d think the folks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., might know a thing or two about lighting — which is why Solais Lighting would like you to know that it lightweight LED lights have been selected by the Smithsonian to undergo a final test installation at the museum in the nation’s capital.

Following a preliminary installation in October 2010 involving multiple manufacturers, Solais Lighting’s 18 Watt PAR 30 Long-Neck LED lamps were selected to participate in next-tier testing. The outcomes of this next phase of testing will be monitored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the installation’s appointment as a DOE Solid State Lighting GATEWAY Demonstration Project.

Solais LED lamps at The Smithsonian

image via Solais Lighting

Solais Lighting’s PAR30 LED lamps are now under evaluation by the Smithsonian for possible inclusion in a permanent collection gallery that displays more than a dozen early modernist artworks and a mural by artist Thomas Hart Benton.  The Museum is testing the potential for an energy efficient lighting alternative capable of lighting the room’s 15-16 foot walls flatly, achieving a broad distribution of light on the floors while spotlighting the works in the collection precisely.
Performance criteria in this final round of testing will include beam spread, color appearance, light output, and the absence of UV or IR wavelengths that could unnecessarily damage artwork.  As part of the DOE’s GATEWAY initiative, the Solais’ PAR-30 LED lamps’ performance will be tracked and documented at several different points over their lifespan.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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