Lighting of Presidential Portrait Gallery in Smithsonian Controlled with Xicato GalaXi Bluetooth-based System

The Presidential Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution is the nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House. And the gallery’s mission like the National Portrait which houses it is to tell the American story through portraits of the individuals who have shaped it.

In June 2017, the Smithsonian Presidential Portrait Gallery began installing the Xicato GalaXi Bluetooth-based control system to control both Xicato XIM and 3rd party light sources in luminaires from Lighting Services Inc. (LSI). The deployment was the first installation utilizing the Xicato Intelligent Driver (XID), and the second in which the Medialon Building Management System (BMS) functions as the master controller.

Presidential Portrait Gallery Uses XID and XIM Artist Series

According to Xicato, the company’s compact, Intelligent Driver (XID) delivers smooth DC, flicker-free dimming down to 0.1% and is controllable using 0-10V dimmers or Bluetooth. The company says that XID can drive anything from a single LED to a 56W CoB or linear array, and the XID can be flux programmed to run at maximum current from 350mA to 1400mA. At the Smithsonian, XID drives a single-LED point source and a framing projector using a non-Xicato CoB. The remaining luminaires in the Presidential Portrait Gallery feature the company’s XIM Artist Series LED arrays that the company created to provide superior color rendering.

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Xicato Medialon BSM controls Xicato modules (XIM) and drivers (XID) and third party luminaires at Presidential Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian.

Xicato Medialon BSM controls Xicato modules (XIM) and drivers (XID) and third party luminaires at Presidential Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian Medialon controller uses the open HTTP application programming interface (API) to manages the lights through the Xicato Intelligent Gateway (XIG). The museum staff reportedly got started with the system in just hours, and the entire network was working in merely 3 days.

Xicato points out that its GalaXi Controls have been used in both commercial and residential applications, with tens of thousands of nodes installed on 4 continents.

Furthermore, the company, says that it is a contributor and award-winning member of the new Bluetooth mesh standard working group. Xicato notes that its GalaXi system has been deployed as a pre-standard mesh solution since 2016. Xicato will be demonstrating Bluetooth mesh at Light & Building in March, and the entire portfolio is migrating to standard mesh for commercial launch in the 3rd quarter of 2018.