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Krannert Art Museum LEDs (Completed)

Recent Project Updates

  • 6/30/2014

    The Krannert Art Museum approached the Student Sustainability Committee with an immediate need to improve their lighting profile.

  • 2/19/2014

    All I need to know is the total number you have replaced and date completed.  The DCEO grant would reimburse $15/lamp.  I need the information by May 1 so we can submit our application.  If the project isn’t complete by then it will just have to b


Krannert Art Museum is upgrading their existing incandescent lamps to LED lamps in two of the main gallery spaces that are reinstalled several times a semester. In addition to participating in the campus's goal of becoming an all LED campus, this project will improve on sustainability by lowering the energy costs and waste for the museum. The project will be located in the Gelvin Noel and East Galleries within the museum.

This will be better for the art.  LED lamps produce no (or minimal) UV (Ultraviolet) or IR (Infrared) light. We need light to see the art. We need less UV and IR to protect the art. KAM’s collection ranges from works dating to 9000 BCE era to art produced in 2013. This will also be better for the viewers.  Cleaner, whiter light for viewing fine details and colors 3000 – 4000K CRI (Color Rendering Index) lamps. The art will be around for longer – less light deterioration in colors and fading within works on paper.

East Gallery: 70 Wall washers and 30 Cans (track lights); 100 lamps

Noel Gallery: 50 Wall washers and 21 Cans (track lights); 71 lamps


Project will replace (132) incandescant lamps rated at 85W with LED lamps rated at 17W.  Project will replace (123) incandescant lamps rated at 300W with LED lamps rated at 21W.  Typical operating hours for the galleries at KAM are 8 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Anticipated kWh will be reduced from 145,474kWh per year to 14,095kWh per year.  Anticipated reducation in energy costs are $9,800 per year.  Anticipated reduction in GHG emissions are 219,666 CO2e lb.

The use of LED lamps saves money by using less energy and reducing labor costs. Energy: $2.41/year per LED vs. $ 24.10/year for standard Incandescent or 10x more efficient. Labor: It takes on average 10 minutes to change a lamp. We have well over 500 lamps throughout the museum. Assuming we change lamps 10x less that’s ~ 70 hours of labor cost saved per year. Our current standard lamps are 300 watt and 85 watt incandescent lamps. They last 5,000+ hours.  The proposed replacement LEDs will be 21 watt and 17 watt. They will last 25,000+ hours.  The Smithsonian American Art Museum held a conference in March, 2013 called ‘LED Lighting in Today's Museums.’ We are basing our lamp selection on the successful LED implementation stories discussed at that conference.

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Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Walter Wilson


  • Proposed October 28, 2013
    Proposed by Walter Wilson
    Approved February 18, 2014
    Approved by Marika Nell


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