HARTFORD — Supported by a substantial grant from the Avangrid Foundation and gifts made via the Neighborhood Assistance Act, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art has completed the conversion process of nearly 1,400 gallery light bulbs and fixtures in its Morgan, Hilles, Austin, and Wadsworth galleries, becoming an early adopter of cost and energy saving, state of the art, LED technology in the museum field.
The conversion from high wattage halogen light bulbs to LED bulbs is forecasted to save an expected $36,000 and 265,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which is an 11% reduction in wattage and usage. Appropriate lighting supports the health of the museum’s pieces of art, several of which are thousands of years old, and is essential to an improved visitor experience.
While new construction projects are going toward LED technology, retrofitting projects that change existing electrical systems are less common — particularly in museums, where the style of fixtures and quality of light play a major role in the experience of viewing artwork. “The Wadsworth is very deliberate about the lighting we choose,” said Director of Museum Services Cecil Adams. “Working with our renowned lighting consultant, George Sexton Associates of Washington, DC, we tested and approved a move to the latest LED lamps developed specifically for the illumination of museum collections. These lights achieve strong color rendering with crisp total lighting for the ideal look at our world-class collection.”
The Avangrid Foundation is an private, nonprofit organization that funds philanthropic investments that primarily impact communities where AVANGRID, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate. Since 2002, the Avangrid Foundation and its predecessors have invested more than $21 million in collaborations that focus on building renewable, vital and healthy communities; preserving cultural and artistic heritage; advancing education; and enhancing people’s lives. The Avangrid Foundation is committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the United States. For more information, visit avangridfoundation.org.