Buffalo firm is leader in museum lighting
I surely enjoyed the timely "LEDs put new life in lighting" in your MoneySmart section in the Sept. 10 News. The writer is spot on: LEDs and OLEDs are the future of designer and household lighting and the future has arrived.
On every business front and architect's drafting board, LEDs are focal in the advancement of contemporary design. The green movement could not be happier. LED lamps can last up to 15 to 20 years, far outlasting traditional fluorescents, halogens and incandescents. Wattage draw is lower, which saves electricity, and LEDs are cooler, which makes them easier to handle but also creates a significantly lower secondary heat load that can save measurable cooling costs for any business. It is a win-win.
Color rendering was the early knock on LEDs, as primary colors pop (think of the red numbers on your bedside alarm clock or the green display on the microwave) but the light is much warmer now and even. It is no longer jarring but pleasant and daring. The fixtures are more versatile and designers have a new frontier.
I found the article ironic as I read it on the plane as I was departing Buffalo. I had just met with executives at LiteLab on Elm Street in downtown Buffalo. Centered in your city, you have one of the international leaders in retail and museum lighting. LiteLab touts an impressive list of long-term clients, including Louis Vuitton and Gucci, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and MoMA and now is burgeoning in Shanghai and Sao Paulo. It spins steel, runs assembly lines, builds custom light fixtures and ships them worldwide from its Elm Street HQ. Embracing technology, LEDs are now and happening right in Buffalo. True story, bright future - no pun intended.
Peter J. Atkinson
Director of Facilities and Capital
Planning, Harvard Art Museums