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Havells-Sylvania lights the way at Glasgow transport museum

Andrew Brister 18 September 2012
Havells-Sylvania lights the way at Glasgow transport museum

The award-winning Concord Beacon Muse from Havells-Sylvania has helped create an energy-saving, high performance lighting display at the Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow. Used to showcase the various displays in the Modern Street area, 82 Beacon Muse fittings were chosen for their long life, low energy and optical flexibility. The new scheme provides dynamic accent lighting and helps transport visitors back in time.  Zaha Hadid’s first public building to open in the UK, the Glasgow Riverside Transport Museum sits proudly as a flagship of the city’s Clyde Waterfront regeneration, with its unique shape and commanding presence. DHA Design was responsible for lighting the exhibits in the museum. Its brief was to design a predominantly ground-mounted display system that would provide suitable highlights and contrast to the exhibits and collections.  The ‘Modern Street’ offers a set of closed display areas which exhibit various transport items and model street amenities including a subway, MOT garage, cinema, toy shop and cycle shop. These areas had a track system available overhead and DHA chose the Concord Beacon Muse for its flexibility. The adjustable zoom option system offers a wide flood 65˚ beam angle which can be tightened to a 10˚ spot without the need for additional lenses or reflectors.  DHA used the versatile spotlight to selectively highlight the displays – illuminating cars, bicycles, miniature models, car parts and artworks. Conservation levels applied to all the exhibits, so protecting the artwork from light exposure damage was essential. The low UV from the LED source and an on-board dimmer potentiometer from the Beacon Muse meant it was able to comfortably handle all situations.

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