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FROM DECEMBER 6, 2011   Toshiba LED to enlighten the Louvre.

As a perpetually innovating museum, at ease with its time, the Louvre is aware of the need to replace energy consuming xenon lighting with an environmentally friendly solution. Toshiba is able to deliver this with its energy saving low-CO2 LED lighting, and will use its industry-leading products to illuminate some of the Louvre's most familiar spaces. Under its partnership agreement, Toshiba will provide the LED lighting for the Pyramids that greets visitors as they approach the museum, the Napoleon Court, and the Cour carree, the main entrance to the museum. Renovation and installation of the Napoleon Court and the Pyramid has been completed within 2011, and the Cour carree is expected to be renovated within 2014.

Project leader Kazuaki Makita : New Lighting Systems Division, Toshiba Corporation

Two and a half years ago I was appointed as Manager of LED Lighting Overseas Promotion and set about searching for some symbolic project that might lead to brand enhancement and sales promotion. That marked the beginning of this project. Finally arriving at the world-renowned Louvre Museum followed a natural progression.
This project involved the upgrade to LED lights of all lighting fixtures used to illuminate the exterior of the Louvre Museum's Pyramid, the Cour Napoleon and the Cour Carrée towards the rear. Their main objective was environmental protection and as Toshiba was already taking a proactive approach to the global environment with its aim of becoming a "Leading Eco-company" we felt a deep resonance with that objective. We capitalized on our previous experience working with FIFATM to realize a partnership agreement with the Louvre Museum.
Toshiba's installation of LED lights, which were more aesthetic and lower in cost than the existing light sources, not only allowed us to participate in the Louvre Museum's environmental activities but also gave us the honour of enhancing the appearance of the Museum, a world heritage site and historical monument, former residence of the Kings of France. I believe there is a strong significance behind the deep relationship forged through the process of trial and error that involved French art and Japanese technology.
Toshiba has been aiming to go beyond offering lights that merely shed light by providing a new AKARI or illumination that enriches lives through the integrated application of all technologies from systems to lighting techniques and lighting equipment. We have also promoted this concept every year at the Milano Salone.
If France, which kindly supported Japan after the disasters, and the 10 million visitors from around the world, who annually visit the Louvre, can feel the wonder of LED illumination, we feel that this may, in some small way constitute a repayment of our debt of gratitude.
We shall continue to mobilise technology in lighting, which is one of our founding businesses, and use new AKARI or illumination, as represented by LED, to make a global contribution to the lighting culture of the future.

About Louvre

The Louvre Museum, heir of the Age of Enlightment and of the French Revolution, open since 1793, is one of Europe's oldest and most storied museums. It exhibits 35 000 artworks The Louvre's collection covers Western art from the medieval period to 1848, formative works from the civilizations of the ancient world, and works of Islamic art. It is also one of the world's, most visited museum, opening its doors to 10 million people a year. The museum is part of "Paris, Banks of the Seine", which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Plan to replace LED

Louvre museum photo

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 2015.

About the Louvre x Toshiba LED project Louvre museum project leader Kazuaki Makita
Jean-Luc MARTINEZ :13 years partnership agreement

the Mona Lisa / the Red Roomthe Mona Lisa / the Red Room

Interview with participating Louvre representatives and Frenchofficials
Kazuaki MAKITA :Finding New Traditions in Lighting
Sophie LEMONNIER :Experts Who Exceeded Our Expectations
Christophe MONIN :Coordinating two different cultures
Vincent DELIEUVIN :Rediscovering the Mona Lisa in a New Light
Jean-Louis BELLEC :The strong desire to make success
Lorenzo PIQUERAS :A Perfect Environment for the Mona Lisa
Takayoshi MORIYAMA :Recovering the Painting's Deft Brushwork and Coloring
the Mona Lisa

Pyramid and Pyramidions / the Cour NapoléonPyramid and Pyramidions / the Cour Napoléon

Interview with participating Louvre representatives and Frenchofficials
Michel Goutal :Preservation while maintaining consistency.
Frédéric Auclair :Changing the way we perceive things
Sophie Lemonnier :Continuous innovation
Christophe Monin :The Louvre Museum's Unique Constraints
Message Former President Director of the Louvre Museum. Henri Loyrette
Development Story Insight on development for the Louvre, product details
Gallery The Louvre, under LED illumination

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