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Toshiba switch on stage one of Louvre LED upgrade

8 December 2011 09.00GMT

(France) - Toshiba Corporation held a switch on celebration on December 6th to mark the completion of the first stage of the Louvre Museum's switch to LED exterior lighting.

A crowd of 450 invited guests from across Europe gathered in the Palace's Cour Napoleonto see Louvre Director Henri Loyrette and Toshiba's President Norio Sasaki flick the switch to illuminate the Pyramid, Pyramidion and  the facade of the Pavilion Colbert.

As the conventional exterior lighting of The Louvre reached to end of its life, the museum recognised the value of replacing the old, high energy xenon lighting with energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LEDs. Toshiba has delivered and installed its latest LED products and fittings and designed the lighting to bring out the intrinsic beauty of the museum. Fittings include high beam-lamps to illuminate the Pyramid and the palace walls.
Work on replacing the museum’s old lighting will continue with the remaining facades of the Napoleon Court to be completed in the first half of 2012, and the museums second courtyard to follow in 2013. Toshiba will provide a total of 3,200 LED light fittings to replace 4,500 xenon lighting fittings, and they will cut annual power consumption for the exterior lighting by 73%, from 392,000 to 105,000 watts.
The Louvre project signals Toshiba's intention to take its new LEDs lighting system business to the global level. Toshiba aims to secure sales of 350 billion yen in FY2015.


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