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Identity put in the right light:
How Insta and LICHT KUNST LICHT are cleverly and economically making the Museum Kunstpalast shine

Museums need perfect light so that the art is effective. Insta was able to demonstrate in the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf how art is presented in a modern way, economically viable and technically sophisticated without having to intervene in existing architecture in doing so.

In matters of contemporary art, Düsseldorf is still the place to be in Germany. Worldwide famous artists such as Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Otto Piene, movements such as Fluxus, ZERO and German Pop originated from the North Rhine Westphalia state capital.

The Ehrenhof, location of the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, is in the centre of the old town, the artistic epicentre. Opened in 1928 as Kunstmuseum of the city of Düsseldorf, the Museum Kunstpalast has also partially been supported by the private sector since 2001, and in addition to classic and contemporary art mainly houses numerous works of the Düsseldorf School of Painting.

Beautiful pictures, discrete light

Perfectly presenting this diverse and identity-forming collection is not only a matter of the space but mainly also the light. It was decided in 2015 to completely renovate the interior lighting of the institution and bring it up to date. With the conversion in the year 2001, almost 2,000 quadratic light fields were installed at that time in the four large exhibition halls of the Kunstpalast that already provided very balanced, already almost discrete interior light.

However, what was still certainly "state of the art" light technology in 2001 turned out to be hardly still modern just under 15 years later in the course of the rapid development in the LED area. The previously used fluorescent lamps did in fact emit homogeneous light and matching the architecture in every respect.  However, they also heated up very strongly and thus were used up more quickly resulting in loss of luminous flux and colour location shift. What at first appears to be a negligible detail is an absolutely critical factor in the context of a museum whose exhibition can only be effective in the right environment. Particularly fluorescent tubes on account of their energy consumption and high failure rate are also no longer really modern from an economic point of view, and the subject of energy efficiency in the public sector is especially important today - particularly for rooms with ceiling height of 13 metres.

Remarkable achievement with a strong idea - for rooms that are themselves remarkable.

The same, but better

The major challenge for Insta was to provide a solution that, on the one hand meets the latest requirements technically and economically, and on the other hand guarantees that the original perfectly implemented light architectural effect is maintained. In order not to literally tap in the dark for finding a solution, it was decided at Insta in the course of a test to dispense with the luminaire housing of the outdated lighting technology and to retrofit with the in-house designed "Tunable White" LED technology. That had multiple benefits straight away.

On the one hand, the retrofitting of the existing system is much more cost-effective than a new installation. Even the existing cabling and control system can continue to be used. However, LEDs and particularly the Tunable White technology perfected by Insta do not reveal their full strength until in a completely digital control environment. Individual luminaires can be controlled and dimmed using DALI control that, for example in the context of frequently changing exhibitions, provides a good possibility to stage such events eye catching yet discreet. The digitised solution can also score points with regard to sustainability. Because the previous problem was that when replacing a luminaire in an illuminated system, these no longer matched each other and thus not only the affected luminaire but all must be replaced. A costly undertaking. However, Insta has created a solution with "Tunable White" that ensures that LED modules can also be adjusted individually for intensity and colour if necessary. Accordingly the light quality remains identical after the replacement of an individual luminaire - costs and time are almost completely eliminated.

 

Everything from one source

It can be seen for the implementation that the focus was also mainly on the cost effectiveness in addition to these quality and efficiency characteristics. Insta has completely taken care of the retrofitting of the 2,000 luminaires in record time and, due to the use of the existing luminaire modules and infrastructures as well as the design as plug-and-play equipment with low cost, has left a lasting impression in Düsseldorf - that had not only been expected during the renovation. Because, thanks to the new LED technology, the power consumption of the lighting could be significantly reduced - and that with better light quality and service life. 

With a modern and energetically practical in-house development, a stringent view of the economic aspects of renovation and operation, an in-house supply and added value chain that guarantees consistent results and long-term support and mainly with technical sophistication, Insta was able to ultimately convince light planners and building owners of the renowned Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf about its solution and its commitment. And has made a remarkable achievement with a strong idea - for rooms that are themselves remarkable.