Saturday, 23 April 2011

Green National Gallery

Following successful trials, The National Gallery in London is going green by installing Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) throughout the Gallery over the next two years. This major innovation - the first of its kind in the world - will reduce its lighting energy consumption by 85% and reduce its emission of carbon dioxide by 400 tonnes a year. As the ‘lamplife’ of LEDs is 25 times greater than that of the current tungsten lights, maintenance costs will also be reduced. And LEDs don't produce UV light, so they won't damage the paintings. Better for pictures, better for visitors and better for the environment too. Above is one of the Gallery's finest treasures: Diego Velázquez's The Toilet of Venus, also called 'The Rokeby Venus' (1647-51). Click the title link to read the full press release.


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