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Soraa Lights Native American Artifacts

Soraa LED lamps installed in the new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building at the Brinton Museum

Soraa's GaN on GaN LED technology has been used to light the new state-of-the-art Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building at The Brinton Museum.

The company's LED lamps were chosen to illuminate, protect and accurately render the colours of rare Native American artifacts exhibited in the $15 million 24,000 square-foot space, located in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.

"We needed the right light to both illuminate the past and preserve the future. Soraa LEDs do that perfectly," said Ken Schuster, director and chief curator, The Brinton Museum.

"The new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. building has changed the future of The Brinton Museum and these important pieces. While we always felt we were an important part of the arts community in Wyoming, we've taken a quantum leap forward and are now one of the most vibrant museums in the Rocky Mountain West."

Jeffrey Leffeld Versakos, CEO of BandNY and LEDspin, wanted lighting to both protect the artifacts and define the space to reflect the beauty of the building.

Versakos chose Soraa VIVID MR16 LED lamps to deliver true colour rendering and protective qualities. In addition, Versakos opted for the Soraa SNAP system to better control the beam distribution.

Rare tribal war shirts and ceremonial robes, hives, painted drums and other Plains Indian artifacts, many of which have natural pigments, are illuminated and protected by Soraa's LED lamps.

"These are amazing, rare artifacts and we needed the ability to expertly and accurately light the collection displayed in this unique space. With no UV and IR radiation, as well as low heat output, Soraa LED lamps protect the objects. The SNAP System with magnetic accessories provides a flexible and easy way to perfectly customise the light for the artifacts and space," said Versakos.

Soraa's lamps achieve a colour rendering index (CRI) of 95 and deep red (R9) rendering of 95. And 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.

Versakos' teams at BandNY and LEDspin managed the exhibition design and lighting. The three-story building is anchored by a two-foot thick, 51-foot high, 209-foot long arced structural, rammed earth wall, the tallest in North America. The lighting design with Soraa LEDs and SNAP system emphasize the exhibits and architectural building elements. The Soraa LED lighting plays an important role in the climate-controlled galleries, reducing energy usage and better preserving the museum's collections.

Located on the 620-acre historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, the eco-conscious museum houses one of the most extensive 19th and 20th century Western and American Indian Art collections in the US, featuring Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, Edward Borein, Winold Reiss and the largest Hans Kleiber collection in the world.

Skyline Engineering of Rapid City, South Dakota managed the lighting system and specified Soraa LED lamps.

Soraa LED lamps have also been installed at the Staten Island Museum in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Historical Museum Bramberg in Germany. 

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