Soraa reported that M.S. Rau Antiques located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana installed its VIVID LED lamps. At With 25,000 square feet, M.S. Rau Antiques is among the world’s largest premier fine arts and antique galleries.
Recently, the gallery featured a special exhibition showcasing the best of Napoléonic art and design. The exhibition showed how Napoléon Bonaparte used art and design to cultivate an image of power. The art also granted an intriguing glimpse into his intimate life and his legacy as a soldier, statesman, and ruler.
After vigorous testing and research into lighting options for the lighting retrofit, Mead Jones, the lighting specialist at M.S. Rau Antiques, selected Soraa Flicker FreeTM MR16 lamps to illuminate the Napoléonic art and design exhibition, along with future shows. Soraa Flicker Free MR16 lamps employ the company’s VIVID LED technology.
Soraa says its uniform and controlled light source features the consistently accurate color rendering required for the exhibition’s objects such as fine art, furniture, books and accessories. Soraa’s LED lamps also offered the beam control for ambient and atmospheric design that the antique gallery wanted.
“Customers spend more time in an environment that is comfortable and inviting. Soraa’s LED technology controls glare and renders the natural color of the objects, creating a welcoming space for customers to visit,” said Mead. “Peerless for brightness, color rendering and spill control, Soraa is the exception for LED lighting in the market today and a great fit for M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans.”
In addition to making the atmosphere of the gallery more inviting, the M.S. Rau Antiques lighting upgrade was eligible for an EnergySmart grant. The gallery expects that the complete switchover from the quartz halogen lamps to Soraa lamps to save nearly $20,000 in annual electricity costs.
The MR16 LED lamps like all of Soraa’s LED products, feature the company’s Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor (VP₃) LED technology, for perfectly rendered colors and whites. The lamps emit light in every color of the rainbow, especially deep red. Soraa says that its VP₃ VIVID COLOR™ technology gives the lamps a color-rendering index (CRI) of 95 and deep red (R9) rendering of 95 to render warm tones beautifully and accurately.
Unlike blue-based white LEDs without any violet emission, the company says its lamps emit violet light to properly excite fluorescing brightening agents and the whites in paper and natural objects like human eyes and teeth.