A professional symphony orchestra needs to be able to clearly read their sheet music to put on a great performance. Troublesome incandescent lighting that illuminates the sheet music poorly, simply won’t due. The members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra had to cope with inefficient incandescent lights with low-quality light for illuminating their musician stands. After switching to LEDtronics Right-angle LED T10 Lamps, the Orchestra no longer had to worry about bad lighting hindering their performance.
Musicians need to read small black notes on sheet music. Most of the time, musicians have to accomplish this in dimly lit venues.
Orchestra members often come straight out of college. However, they frequently continue performing well into their 70s when eyesight tends to weaken. “The ability to read music with good lighting is essential to their job,” said Ian Harwood, vice president and COO of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. “If they can’t read the music, they can’t read the notes, and can’t perform the concert. So lighting is critical for us.”
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the state of Wisconsin and presents over 140 different concerts every year. They travel all around the state and sometimes into neighboring states. The orchestra, which was founded in 1959, is considered one of the top orchestras in the United States.
“We have literally been talking about better stand lights in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 15 years,” said Harwood. The Orchestra first tried out just a few LEDtronics LED lamps. The lamps worked so well that they replaced their entire inventory of incandescent bulbs with LEDtronics LED T10 Lamps. Harwood said they looked at several different options for replacing their lamps, and one of the options required replacing their entire stock of existing fixtures, “which are metal, very heavy duty, tried and true.”
Harwood noted that one of the benefits of the LEDtronics bulbs was that they allowed them to replace their incandescent lights while keeping their existing fixtures.“We were able to replace all of the lamps for about a twentieth of the expense,” he said. “It was incredibly effective and incredibly cost efficient. They just substituted perfectly.”
Harwood said most important change they have noticed is no longer hearing musicians say, “I’m not getting enough light.” He said that when they had the old incandescent bulbs, they would often get requests for more incandescent bulbs to replace the ones that went out. “As they were glass fixtures, they could break, they could burn out. There could be inconsistent lighting from bulb to bulb, especially as they aged,” Harwood said.
Since it converted to LEDtronics LED lighting the orchestra won’t have to deal with any of these issues. Beyond dependability, cost, and energy savings, the orchestra also required dimmability for their lighting. “There’s a lot of other products out on the market, but not every one of them is dimmable, and dimmability is required for many different types of performances so that we can adjust the lighting level,” said Harwood.
“The color temperature was just right. It provides a natural light, which works very well for the paper which the music is printed,” Harwood said.