Ashmolean Museum Now Uses Soraa LED Light Engines

Soraa LED Light Engines illuminate Ashmolean Museum

Soraa LED light engines using the company’s GaN on GaN™ LED technology now illuminate the display cases at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.

The Ashmolean Museum originally opened in 1683 as the first public museum in the world. The museum displays art and artifacts from many world civilizations. The current building dates from 1845. In 2009, the building underwent a massive renovation to introduce 39 new galleries.

During the last several years LED light sources have dramatically improved in efficiency and light quality. The museum decided that the technology had advanced enough to make it economically prudent to replace their existing halogen lights. In 2015, the Museum partnered with Absolute Action to find an LED lighting solution that fit their needs.

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After intensive research and testing, Absolute Action selected Soraa VIVID LED Light Engines to incorporate within the new fiber optic projector which they use to illuminate the art and artifacts at the museum. Absolute Action chose Soraa’s light engines for their compatibility with the current fiber optic products system in the display cases as well as their superior energy efficiency and exceptional color and whiteness rendering.

“Our quest to find high-quality color rendering and longevity led us right to Soraa,” said Emma Dawson Tarr, Managing Director, Absolute Action. “With Soraa’s LED innovations, we have given the Ashmolean Museum more flexibility and control for the future.”

In addition to offering improved color rendering and long life Absolute Action also decided upon Soraa LED Light Engines due to their impressive energy savings.

Soraa says that the museum reduced energy consumption for the lighting nearly 75 percent compared to the halogen lights.  Additionally, Soraa points out that the reader control within the driver helps maintain the optimum temperature of the Soraa diode to ensure a long operational life.

“The Ashmolean Museum aims to display exhibits with the most accurate color rendering and clarity possible. However, until recently, we found that this quality was only available with inefficient halogen lamps,” said Harry Phythian-Adams, executive officer at the Ashmolean Museum. “We required a more energy efficient solution to achieve our lighting goals in terms of both quality and energy efficiency.”

Soraa says its GaN on GaN™ LED technology with Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor (VP₃) renders the widest range of colors in of visible objects without the harmful ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) radiation that can fade or damage the artifacts.

Unlike conventional phosphor converted white LEDs, Soraa claims that its LEDs emit the full spectrum of visible light in every color of the rainbow, especially deep red emission and violet.

According to Soraa, its LED lamps can beautifully and accurately render warm tones and can achieve a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 and deep red (R9) rendering of 95. The violet emissions reportedly allow the emitted light to excite fluorescing brightening agents in natural objects.

“As Shuji Nakamura, co-founder of Soraa is the pioneer of the blue LED, it is fitting that there is now a collaboration between Soraa and Absolute Action, who were pioneers of fiber optic lighting. Both, in their way, distinctive specialists on a mission, renowned for the very best in quality and innovation, and well-respected on the international stage,” said Dawson-Tarr, Absolute Action. “It also chimes absolutely with our ethos of offering genuine reliability and longevity in all our products and services.”