The Louvre, the French National Museum, unveiled its new LED lighting in a special ceremony on 6 December 2011. The museum was previously lit with xenon lighting which is expensive to run. In 2010, Toshiba teamed up with the Louvre to upgrade the lighting to energy-saving and environmentally-friendly LED light bulbs.
A total of 3,200 LED bulbs will replace 4,500 xenon lights, reducing the museum’s electricity consumption by a massive 73%. The lighting ceremony inaugurated 350 of the new LED light fittings in the Pyramid, the three pyramidions and the Colbert pavilion. The Napoleon Court lighting is scheduled for completion in 2012, and the courtyard in 2013.
Paris is known as La Ville-Lumière (The City of Light). The name came from the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ and also from the city’s early adoption of street lighting.
Paris is indeed enlightened when it comes to eco-friendly LED lighting. Similar LED systems are used on the Tour Montparnasse, the city’s tallest building, and in the Champs Elysées.
As part of ‘Paris, Banks of the Seine’, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Louvre attracts some 8.5 million visitors each year. Now visitors and Paris residents alike can wonder at the beauty of the historic Louvre, bathed in its new eco-friendly LED lights.