The Never Built New York display invites visitors to discover the alternative paths New York City might have taken based on original prints, drawings and models of architectural projects that were never realized.
To turn the exhibit into reality, however, Amerlux was asked to deliver a lighting solution that reduced energy consumption without sacrificing quality or performance.
“For more than 30 years, we have listened to problems throughout the marketplace and delivered solutions,” says Amerlux CEO Chuck Campagna. “From museums to retail boutiques to supermarkets, Amerlux has continued to grow by creating products that address real-world needs. We are proud to deliver an experience at the Queens Museum.”
To create a museum experience, Gensler, one of the architecture firms that was part of several unrealized NYC projects included in the exhibit, asked Amerlux to help.
“In celebration of this inspiring exhibit, it was important for us to work with the right quality and balance of lighting,” says Bevin Savage Yamazaki, senior associate at Gensler. “We wanted visitors to experience these never-before-seen drawings and models from a new perspective.”
Amerlux addressed the challenge by installing its 48-watt SPEQ LED track heads, which feature a cylinder design with high beam control and use less than 10 percent of the energy consumed by the previous 500-watt quartz lamps.
Larissa Harris, who is curator for the Queens Museum, said Amerlux provided a product that produced warm illumination and demanded less energy with ease of control. “Our Amerlux LED track lights deliver lighting that allows visitors to pay attention in a complex visual environment,” she says.
More Market-Responsive Lighting Solutions
In addition to the SPEQ LED track lights, which were made for art galleries and museums, Amerlux offers other products based on marketplace demand.
For example, its exterior lighting solutions include:
- Avista, which is a pedestrian lighting product, is designed for a particular kind of fixture that mimics a traditional New England-style globe or acorn. The fixture is prevalent in the northeastern U.S. on campuses at universities, corporations, private communities and municipalities. Avista is available in fixtures provided by Amerlux and as a retrofit of old light sources for several decorative fixtures in the marketplace. Its lumen output doesn’t begin to depreciate until after 50,000 hours of use and retrofit installations take less than 15 minutes per fixture. The Avista IP66 sealed LED Optical Chamber prevents water intrusion and extends its useful life. The product meets 4.0 standards of the DesignLights Consortium (DLC), which qualifies the product for rebates to shorten the payback period.
- Passo, which is a step light, offers a sealed LED Optical Chamber that eliminates water infiltration. Its LED core uses less energy than traditional fluorescent lamps and it’s available in a choice of two output levels to tailor the desired illuminance for the project. Passo faceplates are available in a choice of solid color composite, brushed stainless steel or painted cast aluminum. In addition, the step lights include louver, stainless steel louver, tempered soft glow lens offered in round, square and rectangular shapes for new construction projects, as well as 8- and 12-inch rectangular shapes for retrofits. A standard 0-10v dimmable drive provides more integration options with controls.
- The Chaperone Garage Luminaire is designed to replace ceiling-mounted garage fixtures as a complete solution that can be integrated with different control system options so retrofits can be made with no fuss at all. The luminaire is an energy saver, replacing linear fluorescent, high-pressured sodium (HPS) and metal halide fixtures decreasing the cost of operations. Chaperone LED fixture features an instant-on capability, which means it works when you need it to work. Unlike rival light sources, such as (HPS) or metal halide lamps, Chaperone doesn’t require an extended restart time in the event of a momentary power loss. Control options include a line voltage occupancy sensor that provides direct lighting control with the 0-10v LED driver to control energy costs. The product meets DLC standards, which means it qualifies for rebates.