WAC Lighting of Garden City, New York USA, collaborated with the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with funding from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), to develop high-efficiency LED track luminaires for an art gallery in a suburban library outside of New York City. The project results were reported at the “Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) annual conference” at RPI’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and published in LRC’s DELTA case study publication series.
The LRC conducted an extensive study that examined WAC Lighting’s LED track luminaires’ performance, compared to conventional accent lighting and the library’s existing compact fluorescent (CFL) downlights. The LRC staff provided WAC lighting engineering support for the development of the LED track luminaire, which WAC says is listed on the Energy Star Solid-State Lighting Luminaire Program.
WAC’s new Vamp Series LED track luminaires were developed for accent lighting in a variety of applications including art galleries. This type of accent lighting is designed to reveal the shape, color and texture of the art without producing glare, flicker, or distracting shadows to the viewer. The company notes that the need for accent lighting on art must be balanced with energy codes that limit allowable lighting power density. Conventional accent lighting for galleries typically consists of aimable track heads with incandescent halogen light sources, such as PAR or MR16 lamps. WAC Lighting asserts that the new LED lighting system offers optimal accent lighting while reducing energy use, costs and maintenance.