The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum recently announced the opening of a new exhibit that’s supported by an LED lighting solution from Cree, Inc.
The LED lighting solution was specifically designed for a new exhibit in the museum, “Moving Beyond Earth.” Reportedly, the exhibit boasts 20-foot high ceilings and 5,000 square feet of space. In addition to providing bright and consistent light, the LEDs burn cooler than conventional bulbs. This particular feature of light-emitting diodes proved extremely beneficial as stable temperature and humidity levels are required to protect the historical artifacts featured in the exhibit.
Furthermore, the energy savings and reduced maintenance costs the museum will enjoy are simply unparalleled when compared with alternative means of lighting. For instance, when measured by the museum’s prior fixtures, the LED lights use nearly 80% less energy.
The “Moving Beyond Earth” exhibition explores the achievements and challenges of human spaceflight in the United States during the space-shuttle and space-station era through artifacts, immersive experiences and interactive computer stations. The exhibit includes a 12-foot tall space shuttle model, parts of the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as a model of the Ares launch vehicle.