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Soraa Lights and Protects Rare Native American Artifacts

Soraa Lights and Protects Rare Native American Artifacts

BIG HORN, Wyo. — Soraa recently announced that its full visible spectrum LED lamps have been installed in 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 colors 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 & 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.”

Rare tribal war shirts and ceremonial robes, hives, painted drums and other Plains Indian artifacts, many of which have natural pigments, are perfectly illuminated and protected by Soraa’s LED lamps. That’s because Soraa’s GaN on GaNTM LED with Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor (VP₃) LED technology renders the widest range of colors in the objects that we see, without ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) radiation that can fade or harm the artifacts.

“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 customize the light for the artifacts and space,” said Versakos.

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.

(Photo credit: David K. Aday)


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