Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Architect: Schact Aslani Architects
Photographs: Bill Dewey
LFA Lighting Design, the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and Schacht Aslani Architects recently completed the first phase in an extensive renovation project which included a refresh of interior galleries and exterior spaces. The SBMNH is one of the hidden gems of the central coast of California. Not only is it a historical site, but the SBMNH is 100% dedicated to sustainability and being a steward of the environment.
LFA was challenged by the exhibits team to create a lighting and controls system that would allow for flexibility, tune-able color, and the ability to scale the system without the need for a complete system overhaul.
So how did we do it? LFA and the exhibits team created a kit of parts for each vitrine consisting of tune-able white LED Floodlights, LED mini track mounted spotlights and the ubiquitous LED tape light. All of the parts in the kit have a unique address living within a global DMX lighting controls system which is controlled via a mobile device. The ability to compose each vitrine proved to be very useful. As you can see from the images above, vibrancy and realism were revealed in the color and texture of the historic hand painted backdrops and taxidermy with the new lighting installed. Some of the subjects are 100 years old!
In addition to the enclosed vitrines in each gallery, new high CRI track lighting was added throughout.
With their newly installed lighting system a, the exhibits team has been exploring the possibilities of setting scenes for time of day and special events in real time without the need for extensive programming.
We want to give huge thanks to the SBMNH and Schacht Aslani for the opportunity to work on this project. In addition, we also want to thanks the sales reps that assisted in the project (Forman and Associates, MPA, CLS and PLP Lighting) as well as master electricians Power Electric.
Visit the project: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History