Ancient history,
modern lighting

Egyptian Museum, Italy

 

Find out how LED museum lighting is showing ancient artefacts in their best light.

A statue at the Egyptian Museum, Italy illuminated with energy saving LED spots by Philips Lighting

It’s really impressive
and a delight

   

that nobody can believe that this is LED lighting. Thanks to the energy saving MASTER LED spots we save around € 600 per month in the Tomb of Kha and the Statuary.”

 

- Eleni Vassilika, Director, Museo Egizio, Turin

 

 

A statue sitting on throne at the Egyptian Museum lit by latest technology LEDs by Philips Lighting
Lighting a statue at the Egyptian Museum, Italy by Philips Lighting

Customer challenge

 

Turin’s Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) is putting ancient history in the spotlight. It is the world’s leading institution dedicated to Egyptian art, second only to the Cairo Museum. Remodelling the galleries in 2010, the museum needed lighting that would give each piece the attention it deserved, without adding additional heat.

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The right lighting 

 

Turin’s Egyptian Museum might house some ancient relics, but it’s no stranger to modern technology. The museum’s management engaged with Philips to fulfil two key objectives. Firstly, the lighting needed to brightly illuminate each piece without bringing out too much shadow. Secondly, the aging lighting in the Statuario (Statuary) needed to be replaced with a setup that would replicate the existing illumination, which was designed by Oscar-winning art director Dante Ferretti.

 

LED museum lighting was put to the test. Management had previously been uncertain about making the switch to LED, but once the lights were in place, the benefits were clear. In the Tomb of Kha, where so many items are on display, the artefacts were brought to life with bright, warm-colored light that minimizes shadows. Each piece is now given the attention it truly deserves.

 

In the statuary, the previous lighting had complemented the statues fantastically. However, the old transformers were failing, and the halogen lamps generated a lot of heat and dust. With Dante Ferretti’s blessing, we were able to use the MASTER LED spot light as a replacement. The concept behind the lighting hasn’t changed, but the statuary now benefits from warm color rendering without excess heat.

 

The new lighting in the statuary uses only 150 lamps – 80 fewer than the original lighting design. In addition, the new lamps use up to 80% less energy, and generate almost no heat. The museum’s energy bills have been greatly reduced, and because of the long life of LED, far less time is spent on maintenance.

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Adding excitement
to exhibitions

The Team

Eleni Vassilika, Egyptian museums

Client

Nicola Polzella, Philips Ilti Luce

Philips Partner

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