The museum’s old, high energy xenon lighting is being replaced with energy efficient, environmentally friendly LEDs.
Toshiba has delivered and installed its latest LED products and designed the lighting to work with the museum’s architecture. Fittings include high beam lamps to illuminate the Pyramid and the palace walls.
The Pyramid, the three pyramid ions and the Colbert pavilion of the museum will be suffused with the warm glow of new LEDs on 6 December, as the Louvre’s first LEDs are switched on.
The remaining facades of the Napoleon Court will be completed in the first half of next year and the courtyard will follow in 2013.
Toshiba will provide a total of 3,200 LED fittings to replace 4,500 xenon fittings and will cut annual power consumption for the exterior lighting by 73 per cent, from 392,000 to 105,000 watts.
As part of Toshiba’s environmental promise, the company ceased production of general incandescent bulbs in March 2010.
Keep an eye out in the January issue of Lux for a full length feature on the project from our editor, Ray Malony.