Soraa Lights up Historic Staten Island Museum

Soraa, the world leader in GaN on GaNTM LED technology, announced that its LED lamps have been installed at the historic Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor in New York. A former dormitory for sailors built in 1879, the sustainably built Museum now has a modern, minimalist interior that is respectful and reminiscent of the building’s history.

The interior renovation included a completely new structure, floor by floor, as well as the restoration of the building’s historic exterior. The renovated Greek Revival structure expands the Museum to over 22,000 square feet of useable space and meets the stringent environmental standards of the American Museum Association.

Opening the Treasure Box, Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor. (Photo courtesy of Amessé Photography, 2015) 

“It was our goal to create a Museum that the local Staten Island community deserved. Our commitment to being a good community partner was an important element in how we approached our expansion and the building’s lighting,” said Cheryl Adolph, President & CEO, Staten Island Museum. “The difference the Soraa LED lamps brought to the galleries and our exhibits is substantial – both in quality of lighting and energy efficiency.”

Working with the Museum staff and exhibition designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates, lighting designer Kyle Chepulis and the design team of Technical Artistry installed approximately 400 Soraa PAR30 LED lamps as part of the goal to achieve LEED Gold status while perfectly illuminating the Museum’s world-class exhibits.

“Our goal was to find the right lighting solution to illuminate these colorful pieces amidst the abundant natural daylight and with the right color temperature. Soraa LED lamps help to create a mood that enhances the patron experience, allowing them to connect to the images,” said Chepulis.

Technical Artistry worked with Litelab Corporation to make a custom track fixture (now part of their standard line) with a classic cylinder shape that worked with Soraa LED lamp. Soraa was the perfect solution for the unique galleries and application. That’s because Soraa’s GaN on GaNTM LED with Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor (VP₃) 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 artifacts.

Soraa’s unique GaN on GaN™ technology allows its LEDs to operate at currents that are more than five times higher than LEDs built on other materials. This means a lot of light comes from a very small source, resulting in a narrow beam that can be controlled to crisply illuminate any area with a single shadow.

The masterful art works presented in the Staten Island Museum are illuminated for perfect rendering of colors and whiteness because of Soraa’s Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor (VP₃) LED technology. 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.

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