Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford changes lighting to LED tech

HARTFORD — Supported by a substantial award from the Avangrid Foundation and gifts made through the Neighborhood Assistance Act, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art has completed the conversion process of nearly 1,400 gallery light bulbs and fixtures in its Morgan, Hilles, Austin, and Wadsworth galleries, makin git an early adopter of cost and energy saving, state of the art, LED technology in the museum field.

The transformation from high wattage halogen light bulbs to LED bulbs is envisioned to save an expected $36,000 and 265,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which is an 11% decrease in wattage and usage. Proper lighting supports the health of the museum’s pieces of art, some of which are thousands of years old, and is essential to an improved visitor experience.

While new construction jobs are going toward LED technology, retrofitting projects that convert existing electrical systems are not so common — particularly in museums, where the style of fixtures and quality of light play a major role in the experience of viewing artwork. “The Wadsworth is very deliberate about the lighting we choose,” said Director of Museum Services Cecil Adams. “Working with our renowned lighting consultant, George Sexton Associates of Washington, DC, we tested and approved a move to the latest LED lamps developed specifically for the illumination of museum collections. These lamps achieve strong color rendering with crisp overall lighting for the ideal look at our world-class collection.”

The Avangrid Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that funds beneficent investments that primarily impact neighborhoods where AVANGRID, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate. Since 2002, the Avangrid Foundation and its predecessors have invested more than $21 million in partnerships that focus on building sustainable, vital and healthy communities; preserving cultural and artistic heritage; advancing education; and improving people’s lives. The Avangrid Foundation is committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the United States. For more information, visit avangridfoundation.org.