LED Lighting Saves UK’s National Art Treasures
With gigantic leaps occurring in LED technology over the last few years, more large institutions are beginning to adopt it. Indeed, the UK’s most famous art institution, the National Gallery recently completed a big switch from tungsten lamps to LED, as you'll see when you read this LED Monkey blog…
A Great British Institution
Founded in 1824, the National Gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square, houses a huge collection of well over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th to the turn of the 20th century.
No Harmful UV Rays!
However, there were concerns, that the ultra-violet (UV) rays emitted both by the sun and by the high-powered tungsten lamps the gallery used, were causing damage to the culturally and financially irreplaceable works of art. As a result, a new system of LED lighting was duly installed.
The Gallery claimed that it was the first institution in the world to use LED lights.
The system is particularly revolutionary in that it automatically adjusts external roof-light blinds to compensate for the brightness and the beam angle of the ambient light and sunlight.
The system now ensures that only diffuse light permeates the galleries. This light is now strictly controlled and able to enter the gallery only through the roof glazing which filters out all of the harmful UV rays.
Unlike conventional halogen, tungsten and general incandescent bulbs, LED light doesn't contain any UV element. This makes it much better for fragile artwork AND for your skin!
State-of-the-ART Dimmable LEDs!
The new LED lighting system brightens very gradually to augment the natural sunlight as and when it’s required. It'll be replacing the old system which purportedly distracted visitors by switching suddenly on and off.
All of this was made possible because LED lights are dimmable with no alteration to their colour temperature. This is a massive advantage over the old tungsten lamps the gallery used previously to illuminate exhibits.
The gallery had long been exploring ways to improve the performance of its picture lighting systems. However, advances in LED technology means it's perfect both for lighting in the home, and for very specialised applications like this.
The gallery undertook trials of the new lighting system in specially selected rooms throughout the institution. This then led to a gallery-wide adoption of the system just two years later.
Better For the Environment!
The new LED lighting undoubtedly improved the public’s overall enjoyment of the stunning collection. It also served to reduce the building's carbon emissions by a massive 400 tonnes each year since the upgrade!
Not only does the LED lighting diminish the Gallery’s environmental impact, the energy-efficient, low-maintenance system also reduces the building’s lighting energy-consumption by 85%.
The Gallery asserts that the new LEDs’ lifespan is 25 times longer than that of the tungsten lamps it replaced. This has led to a significant reduction in replacements and maintenance costs, too.
Reap the Rewards of LED Lighting!
But it isn’t just eminent British institutions that can benefit by replacing their lighting system with LEDs. You can, too!
Replacing one of your 50W GU10 Spotlights with a 4W LED GU10, for example, will save you £20.70 per year*.
So, just imagine the savings if you switched every bulb in your home to an LED!
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* - Figure based on usage of 8-hours a day, calculated using average UK tariff, June 2017.