Glass Art at the Crocker Art Museum Illuminated Under New Lights

Soraa, the world leader in GaN on GaNTM LED technology, announced that its full visible spectrum LED lamps were installed to illuminate the Sacramento-based Crocker Art Museum’s exhibition “Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection”.

“When illuminating glass, color rendering is the most important element. You must have true, accurate colors to bring out the best in glass,” said 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 perfectly light the art glass pieces, making them sing.”

Glass Art at the Crocker Art Museum seen under Soraa's LED lights. (Photo credit of Suzanne Hambleton, Right Light Images)

In putting together this important 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 dynamic global artists who push the medium’s boundaries, the exhibit included important pieces from the 20th century studio movement, such as the life-sized, figural forms of Karen LaMonte, cast-glass abstractions of Richard Whiteley, and the expectation-shattering 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,” said 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 perfect lighting.”

Utilizing every color in the rainbow, especially deep red emission, Soraa’s lamps render warm tones beautifully and accurately, 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 properly excite fluorescing brightening agents in natural objects. Soraa’s GaN on GaNTM LED technology renders the widest 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. For more information on Soraa’s LED lighting products, please visit: www.soraa.com.

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