The beauty of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West may be eternal, but the incandescent bulbs that illuminate it are ... not. That recently changed when the national landmark, which houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and School of Architecture, received more than 2,000 energy-efficient LED lights. LEDs cut energy usage (in this case, about 60%) and last years longer (sometimes more than 10, depending on the LED). However, it wasn't as easy as screwing in a new LED.
The lighting designers at Studio Lux had to carefully match the color temperature and illumination of the original incandescent bulbs. Each new LED, donated by lighting giant OSRAM SYLVANIA, was carefully tailored to its redwood nook and canvas panel, among Taliesin West's many unique architectural details. These LEDs are part of a wider effort that will use a solar array and other upgrades to make the landmark a "net-zero" one, essentially sustaining its own energy needs.
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