GE LED Lamps Brighten National Automobile Museum

Visitors to the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada can see vintage cars in a new light. More than 600 GE energy smart® LED replacement lamps were installed at the museum. Museum patrons are remarking on a “remarkable difference”. The museum is reportedly saving an estimated $18,000 annually through reduced electricity consumption.


When National Automobile Museum opened in 1989, it was reported to have set new standards for automotive exhibits with its extensive collection and dramatic displays. The museum, recently named one of ‘America’s Five Greatest Automobile Museums’ by AutoWeek magazine, features more than 200 cars, the majority from the world-famous collection of the late gaming pioneer, Bill Harrah.

In August 2011, 635 90-watt standard lamps in four galleries were replaced with GE 17-watt PAR38 LEDs. Museum management, working with the Business Environmental Program (BEP) at The University of Nevada, Reno, had efficiency in mind, and didn’t mind sacrificing lighting quality to achieve it – or so they thought.

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