On Exhibit: LED Picture Lights
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Images from Architectural Lighting Lighting designer Clint Paugh speaks with guests at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. As LED lights continue to capture both imaginations and consumer dollars, new questions keep arising. Do they have a warm color similar to incandescent bulbs? Can they be dimmed? Are they actually energy efficient and long lasting? The answer to each question, of course, is yes. And here's another question that's looking like a yes: Can LEDs be used for art and picture lighting? The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO, has been testing different LED options as they convert their old PAR38 bulbs to LED picture lights. The best part of the process? They're encouraging museum guests to vote on their favorites (for a small donation, of course). A donation based survey lets guests vote on the future of their museum's lighting. This novel, crowd-sourced test fulfills a two things at once. First, it proves to both museum board and patrons that LED is in fact more than suitable for lighting art. Secondly, it gives donors a real stake in (and insight into) their donations. For artwork, the options range from LED versions of modern track lighting to specifically-made LED picture lighting : Pro Track Steel Adjustable LED Track Fixture , Rite Lite Gold LED Picture Light If LED is good enough for lighting pros (and their million dollar art collections), it's good enough for me. And with lower electrical bills (LEDs are efficient!) and fewer bulb changes (they last longer!), LED art lighting is starting to look great to us all.