Through a generous grant provided by GE Consumer and Industrial, the Thomas Edison House on East Washington Street in Louisville, KY has installed new state-of-the-art museum lighting.
The lighting project was completed in commemoration of Thomas Edison's 160th birthday. Thomas Edison lived and worked in Louisville, and later became the founder of the General Electric Company. According to Kevin Ruppelt, general manager of Water Products, GE Consumer and Industrial, and a member of the Thomas Edison House's Board of Regents, “This was a great way to utilize GE's design, products, and resources, and to give back to our local community. Thomas Edison would be proud of GE's advances in lighting technology and what we've done to highlight his inventions at the Museum. We are proud of our heritage.”
The lighting installed at the Museum includes GE's new Diamond Precise® track lighting designed for interior museum lighting applications. Diamond Precise® lamps use 58% less electricity compared with standard 50-Watt Halogen PAR20 lamps, plus they have twice the life.
Advanced LED lighting is now used in the display cabinets and with no UV radiation, high efficiency, extreme brightness, and minimum heat generation they are great for illuminating museum artifacts. GE Consumer and Industrial's Lighting and Electrical Institute in Cleveland, OH, provided design leadership for the project.