LED Lighting Saves Britain’s National Art Treasures
With gigantic leaps-and-bounds occurring in LED lighting tech over the last few years, more and more large institutions are beginning to adopt it. Indeed, the UK’s most famous art institution, the National Gallery recently completed a big switch to LED from the tungsten lamps it formerly used…
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 century to the turn of the 20th century.
No Harmful UV Rays!
However, concerns were voiced 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, and 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, together with a revolutionary system that automatically adjusts external roof-light blinds according to the level and the beam angle of sunlight. The system now ensures that only diffused light permeates the galleries. This light can only come through the roof glazing that filters out all of the harmful UV light.
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 comes on gradually to augment the natural sunlight as and when it’s required. It'll be replacing the old system that was known to distract visitors by switching suddenly on and off. This was made possible, because LED lights can be dimmed with no alteration to their colour temperature. This is a massive advantage over the old tungsten lamps the gallery previously used.
The National Gallery had long been exploring ways to improve the quality, ease of control and efficiency of its picture lighting systems. However, advances in LED technology made them perfect both for lighting in the home, as well as for specialised applications.
Trials of the new lighting system were undertaken in specially selected rooms within the institution. This then lead to a gallery-wide adoption of the system just two years later.
Better For the Environment!
The new LED lighting improved the public’s overall enjoyment of the stunning collection. But it also served to substantially reduce the building's carbon emissions by 400 tonnes each year thereafter!
Not only does the LED lighting diminish the Gallery’s environmental impact, the energy-efficient, low-maintenance system also reduces the Gallery’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 (excuse the pun) to a significant reduction in replacements and maintenance expenditure.
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!
Just replacing one of your 50W GU10 Spotlight Bulbs 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.