Green Lighting = Big Turn On
At The G2 Gallery we are constantly trying to find ways to keep our commitment to Art & the Environment. Lighting is extremely important for illuminating works of art, and therefore, a huge energy expenditure for galleries. At G2 we’ve overcome this challenge with two new lighting solutions: motion detectors and LEDs. Our space has four rooms filled with photography and in the main gallery we’ve chosen to install LEDs, or light emitting diodes. The other three rooms, which see less foot traffic, are now outfitted with motion detectors that automatically switch on the lights whenever someone walks in the room.
The benefits of motion detectors are obvious, but perhaps you’re wondering “What are LEDs?” The clear winner in terms of aesthetics, LEDs are also the brightest bulbs. They emit very little heat compared to incandescent bulbs, don’t wear down from repeated on/off cycling, and are very sturdy with a purported 20,000-hour lifetime. LEDs lights use 75 to 80 percent less energy than older incandescent lights making them huge money savers. Another plus? LEDs contain no mercury or other hazardous materials. In fact, LED’s are so environmentally benign “You can clean up [the insides] with an ordinary paper towel.”
We’re really excited about these changes! Saving energy at G2 is just one of the ways we’re doing our part in saving the planet. Now that’s a bright idea.