Nuova illuminazione del Museo Tedesco della Tecnica di Berlino by Erco
The German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) is one of the largest museums of its type in Germany. ERCO recently upgraded the lighting to LED technology. The project demonstrates how improvements in efficiency and the optimisation of light go hand-in-hand.
With around 600,000 visitors annually, the German Museum of Technology in Berlin is a genuine crowd-puller in the German capital city’s multifaceted museum landscape. The museum with both permanent and special exhibitions and space of around 26,000 square metres exhibits a wide spectrum of themes ranging from aviation and shipping to rail and road traffic and far beyond. The relighting of the museum was primarily motivated by the desire to achieve an improved energy balance, stated Professor Joseph Hoppe, Deputy Director of the museum. Awarding the contract to ERCO through a tender procedure was carried out on the basis of a consumption analysis and sampling. Besides energy efficiency and brilliance of light, ERCO also scored points with the durability and reliability of their products.
The museum relighting, technically supervised by the lighting designer Karsten Krause, gained favourable reactions both internally and from the public. The savings are impressive: by converting to LED technology the museum is able to save annual energy costs of 125,000 euros. This corresponds to a reduction of CO2 emission of 395 tonnes. Museum manager Hoppe sees a further aspect as being just as important – the quantum leap in quality with the museum lighting. “The new light allows both us and the public to discover things we never saw before.” Hoppe praised the ERCO Spherolit lenses and the corresponding variability and flexibility of the luminaires: the easily exchanged lenses mean that the museum team can also fine-tune and readjust the light at a later date.
With its relighting the German Museum of Technology in Berlin sets standards for contemporary museum lighting that will remain in use for many years. ERCO once again demonstrates its expertise in a photometrically highly challenging area. The project also illustrates the variable and diverse application options of ERCO lighting tools.