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Louvre using LEDs in renovation

From LEDs Magazine (warning: it’s originally a Toshiba press release, but I’ve tried to edit out the saccharin industry speak):

The Louvre Museum, the French national museum since 1793, is one of Europe’s oldest and most storied museums. It is also one of the world’s largest museums, comparable in scale to New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and the most visited, opening its doors to 8,500,000 people a year. The museum is part of “Paris, Banks of the Seine”, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

The Louvre Museum will undergo a renovation project featuring Toshiba LEDs, according to a new partnership agreement between the two entities. Under the agreement, Toshiba will support lighting renovations in some of the museum’s most visited public spaces with provision of state-of-the-art LED lighting and renovation costs.

As one of the world’s most popular museums, the Louvre is aware of the need to replace energy-consuming xenon lighting with an environmentally-friendly solution. Alongside environmental concerns, the Louvre’s lighting must convey the intrinsic beauty of the museum and its spirit as the home to some of the world’s greatest art.

The LEDs will illuminate the Pyramids that greets visitors as they approach the museum, the Napoléon Court, and the Cour carrée, the main entrance to the museum.

Renovation and installation of the Napoléon Court and the Pyramid will be completed within 2011, and the Cour carrée is expected to be renovated within 2012.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

2 thoughts on “Louvre using LEDs in renovation

  1. Mmm … that’s interesting. Do we know the long-term effects of LEDs on paint? Not that xenon lighting is necessarily better. But hey, I guess they know what they’re doing … right?

  2. Hi Mike.
    Actually LEDs have been found to be much less damaging to painting and photographs due to their minimal heat output and type of light they put out. You can read about how a museum in Warsaw created optical fiber lighting specifically for their miniature display here at SPIE Newsroom:

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