Toshiba has expanded its cooperation with the Louvre Museum to replace part of the interior lighting of the Louvre with its own LED lighting. It’s the Phase 2 of a renovation project that Toshiba and the Louvre Museum have cooperated since 2010.
During the Phase 2, the Louvre Museum will see renovation of LED lighting in important interior spaces. It includes specific exhibit lighting for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa , and for the Red Rooms, which display famous masterpieces such as Jacques-Louis David's Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine , as well as the Napoleon Hall, the Louvre's main entrance.
As part of the project, a dedicated lighting system will be installed for the Mona Lisa, and the Red Rooms' ceiling fixtures will be converted to LED by the end of May 2013. Lighting in the Napoleon Hall is expected be converted to LED by the first half of 2014.
Under a partnership agreement with the Louvre (term:June 30)(term:2010 to December 31)(term:2023), Toshiba has already lit up parts of the Louvre's exterior, including I.M. Pei's Pyramid. The implementation of the second phase of the project is testament to the successful collaboration between Toshiba and the Louvre Museum in balancing environmental and aesthetic considerations during the exterior lighting renovation phase.
Part of the LED lighting replacement work, which included the Pyramid, Pyramidion and the Colbert Pavilion, was completed last December, and installation of LED lighting for the whole of Cour Napoleon, the first phase of lighting renovation, was completed on May 12. It has taken approximately two years, since the project commenced in June 2010, for all the lighting in the Cour Napoleon to be converted to LED. Renovation of LED lighting in the Cour Carre is also scheduled to complete in 2013.