LED Lamps Illuminate Glass Art Crocker Art Museum

Soraa's full visible spectrum LED lamps are installed to illuminate the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibition.

Soraa’s full visible spectrum LED lamps are installed to illuminate the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibition.

Soraa has announced that its full visible spectrum LED lamps were installed to illuminate the Sacramento, Calif., Crocker Art Museum’s exhibition, Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection.
“When illuminating glass, color rendering is an important element. You must have accurate colors to bring out the best in glass,” says Matthew Isble, exhibit designer and chief preparator for the Crocker Art Museum. “We wanted something in the 3000K range that would mimic sunlight. Soraa LED lamps light the art glass pieces, making them sing.”
In putting together this show, Isble and the team from the Crocker reviewed and tested LED lamps from four different companies. As they narrowed down their choices, the Crocker team opted to visit Soraa’s LED fabrication facility in Fremont, Calif. Ultimately they chose Soraa VIVID MR16 and PAR 38 LED lamps for the exhibition.
Glass for the New Millennium challenges how the public perceives mass, volume and form of glass. Surveying the work of 70 global artists who push the medium’s boundaries, the exhibit included important pieces from the 20th century studio movement, such as the forms of Karen LaMonte, cast-glass abstractions of Richard Whiteley, and the sculptures of Masahiro Asaka and Christina Bothwell.
“We needed a light source to make the glass come to life, bringing out the shapes, forms and colors. Soraa’s LED lamps illuminate glass beautifully,” says Isble. “At the Soraa facility, the company’s production team explained how their LEDs are made. It was clear to us that the Soraa team members are serious about lighting.”
Utilizing every color in the rainbow, especially deep red emission, Soraa’s lamps render warm tones, and achieve a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 and deep red (R9) rendering of 95. Unlike blue-based white LEDs without any violet emission, the company’s lamps have violet emissions to excite fluorescing brightening agents in natural objects. Soraa’s GaN on GaN LED technology renders a wide range of colors in the objects that we see, without ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) radiation that can fade or harm the art and artifacts.
The Crocker Art Museum uses Litelab fixtures, and plans to replace all other lighting as it flickers or yellows throughout the facility with Soraa LED lamps.
Soraa LED lamps have also been installed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Historical Museum of Bamberg in Germany.

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