Toshiba provides energy-saving LED lamps to Smithsonian art galleries

Date Announced: 31 Oct 2011

Toshiba International Corp.'s LED Lighting Systems Division has provided LED lamps to Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

The galleries now use Toshiba's LED lamps to illuminate "some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world." As a result of the installation, the museum has lowered its energy and maintenance costs for these two galleries.

This new project demonstrates Toshiba's dedication to energy-saving lights. It first demonstrated this commitment when it abandoned production of incandescent lamps in March 2010, the first major lighting manufacturer to do so.

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Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division is proud to announce a relationship with the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Keeping true to Toshiba’s 120-year lighting history, the company has coupled state-of-the-art lighting with smart business solutions. Toshiba International Corporation has supplied the museum with their superior and innovative LED lamps to allow visitors to experience the latest in eco-friendly illumination while significantly lowering energy and maintenance costs for the galleries.

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. These galleries join the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as the world famous Louvre Museum in turning to Toshiba’s LED lamps as a green alternative.

“The light quality and color of Toshiba LED lights allow tremendous flexibility in illuminating any space to meet the exacting requirements of a museum curator, architect, lighting designer, or business owner,” said Michiru Tanaka, Lighting Consultant for Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division.

As one of the largest lighting companies and LED lamp manufacturers in the world, Toshiba is dedicated to creating high quality light, while keeping energy consumption low. To demonstrate this commitment and reinforce the idea that LED technology is the future of lighting, Toshiba abandoned production of incandescent lamps in March 2010. Toshiba is the first major lighting manufacturer to proactively discontinue the production of incandescent lamps in favor of energy-efficient LED lamps.

“We are extremely proud that the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery selected Toshiba LED lamps,” said Peter DallePezze, Vice President of Product & Marketing Management,Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division. “It is truly an honor for Toshiba to be helping to illuminate such prestigious museums, while allowing for reduced energy costs without sacrificing quality.”

Exemplifying Toshiba’s commitment to LED, twenty-five of the company’s long-lasting, high quality, energy-efficient LED lamps recently received the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® label. An ENERGY STAR qualified LED lamp uses up to 75% less energy and lasts at least 15 times longer than comparable incandescent lighting.

About The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Both are physically connected by an underground passageway, and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art. In addition, the Freer Gallery contains an important collection of 19th century American art punctuated by James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room. For more information visit www.asia.si.edu.

About Toshiba International Corporation
Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. (TAI) Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. TIC is headquartered in Houston, Texas and employs approximately 1,100 people. TIC provides application solutions to a wide range of industries including lighting systems, industrial, power systems, and transmission and distribution systems. For more information about TIC, please visit www.toshiba.com/ind.

About Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division
Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division provides the North American market with a variety of high‐efficiency LED products. Drawing upon Toshiba’s 120‐year heritage of lighting innovations in Japan and world‐class electronic and semi-conductor technologies, the LED Lighting Systems Division is emerging as a leader in solid state lighting. TIC’s LED Lighting Systems Division is committed to providing lighting solutions that enhance the quality of life and meet the diverse needs of its customers. Further information is also available online at www.toshiba.com/lighting.

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