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Louvre lighting gets to the point

Toshiba Corporation has completed the first stage of renewing external lighting at the Louvre, the world’s most popular art museum, revealing that the Pyramid, the three pyramidions and the Colbert pavilion of the Louvre will be suffused with the warm glow of new LED lighting on 6 December.

Toshiba Corporation has completed the first stage of renewing external lighting at the Louvre

As the conventional exterior lighting of The Louvre approached the end of its life, the museum recognised the value of replacing the old, high energy xenon lighting with energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LEDs.

The museum selected Toshiba as its partner in this endeavour, and the company installed its latest LED products and fittings. Working in close collaboration, Toshiba and the Louvre have designed the lighting to bring out the beauty of the museum.

Fittings include high beam lamps to illuminate the pyramid and the palace walls but work on replacing the museum’s old lighting will continue. The remaining facades of the Napoleon Court will be completed in April 2012 and the courtyard will follow in 2013.

It is understood that Toshiba will provide a total of 3,200 LED light fittings to replace 4,500 xenon lights, and they will cut annual power consumption for the exterior lighting by 73%, from 392,000 to 105,000 watts.

The Louvre Museum, the French national museum since 1793, is one of Europe’s oldest, largest, and most visited. It opens its doors to 8,500,000 people a year and is part of ‘Paris, Banks of the Seine’, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

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