November 24, 2023
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Nakamura’s Soraa lights up museum in Detroit


The Detroit Institute of the Arts opened its Arts of the Middle East Gallery, lit by full visible spectrum LED lamps from Soraa.

Soraa’s GaN on GaN LED technology uses the widest range of visible color, without ultraviolet or infrared radiation that can fade or harm the art and artifacts, the company said in the announcement. The lights used a cool color temperature to highlight historic artifacts, including stone and organic materials from a time period between 3000 BCE-600 CE.

“The color quality and consistency realized from the Soraa lamps proved to be the best fit for our installation,” Terry Birkett, director of collections management with the Detroit Institute of Arts, said in a news release.

Soraa was co-founded by UC Santa Barbara Professor Shuji Nakamura and headquartered in Fremont.

The DIA estimated that the LED lamps will cut energy costs for the museum by more than 50 percent.

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