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A Team International in Scope Tackles Tiny Spotlights. Head of the Architectural, Museography and Technical Department, the Louvre Museum Ms. Sophie LEMONNIER
photo of Ms. Sophie LEMONNIER

I had very high expectations for the replacement of lights at the Louvre Museum with Toshiba LED lights. One of the main reasons for this was that the extremely long life of the LED lights compared to the life of the existing lights, dramatically reducing the amount of maintenance work. In addition, the new lights have a colour that is more contemporary and provides the museum with uniform beauty.

Lighting renovation work was conducted in two stages, consisting of renovation of the exterior lighting for the museum first, followed by renovation of the interior exhibition lighting. Facade lighting renovation was performed in the Cour Napoleon that showcases the exterior of the Louvre Museum, making a big transformation by changing the appearance of the museum at night and bringing out the architectural value of the facade. Renovation of LED lighting in the Cour Carree continues and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2014. Upon completion, I think that new aspects of the facade will be seen thanks to the exquisite lighting achieved with Toshiba’s high level of technological prowess.

Lighting renovation was also performed for the Red Rooms and the “Mona Lisa” in the interior of the museum. Change that can be called groundbreaking was achieved in the Red Rooms. In interior exhibition space where natural light shines in from the ceiling, the foremost challenge is providing uniform light on the paintings exhibited at all times. Modifications to the LED foot lights and size of the reflectors that reflect light from the ceiling have enabled lighting intensity in the exhibition space to be maintained at a constant level at all times.

LED lights had already been adopted for the spotlight that illuminated the “Mona Lisa”, so the change brought about by this renovation work may not appear as large as to the Red Rooms. However, compared to the old light that was made eight years ago, the new spotlight has better colour rendering, and makes the dark portions as well as the green and red colours in the “Mona Lisa” appear more beautiful.

The spotlight that illuminates the “Mona Lisa” is small, but the cooperation of experts from various countries was indispensable since a wide range of special technologies were utilized. Toshiba formed an international team to achieve renovation of this spotlight, and succeeded in coordinating work which was very difficult at times. Solutions to extremely challenging problems were found by creating an amazing cooperative relationship among experts in various fields, including one person who is the only one in the world that can make this type of optical device, and one person that is the only one capable of developing colour harmony. This resulted in an outcome that exceeded our expectations. Toshiba deserves great praise for its approach, and was instrumental in us being able to introduce the new “Mona Lisa” to everyone that visits the Louvre.

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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