Soraa Lights and Protects Rare Native American Artifacts at Brinton Museum

BIG HORN, Wyo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Soraa, the world leader in GaN on GaNTM LED technology,
announced that its full visible spectrum LED lamps have been installed
in the new state-of-the-art Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building at The Brinton
Museum. The company’s LED lamps were chosen to illuminate, protect and
accurately render the colors of rare Native American artifacts exhibited
in the $15 million 24,000 square-foot space, located in the foothills of
the Bighorn Mountains.

“We needed the right light to both illuminate the past and preserve the
future. Soraa LEDs do that perfectly,” said Ken Schuster, Director &
Chief Curator, The Brinton Museum. “The new Forrest E. Mars, Jr.
building has changed the future of The Brinton Museum and these
important pieces. While we always felt we were an important part of the
arts community in Wyoming, we’ve taken a quantum leap forward and are
now one of the most vibrant museums in the Rocky Mountain West.”

Jeffrey Leffeld Versakos, CEO of BandNY and LEDspin, wanted lighting to
both protect the artifacts and define the space to reflect the beauty of
the building.

Versakos chose Soraa VIVID MR16 LED lamps to deliver true color
rendering and protective qualities. In addition, Versakos opted for the
Soraa SNAP system to better control the beam distribution.

Rare tribal war shirts and ceremonial robes, hives, painted drums and
other Plains Indian artifacts, many of which have natural pigments, are
perfectly illuminated and protected by Soraa’s LED lamps. That’s because
Soraa’s GaN on GaNTM LED with Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor
(VP₃) LED technology renders the widest range of colors in the objects
that we see, without ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) radiation that
can fade or harm the artifacts.

“These are amazing, rare artifacts and we needed the ability to expertly
and accurately light the collection displayed in this unique space. With
no UV and IR radiation, as well as low heat output, Soraa LED lamps
protect the objects. The SNAP System with magnetic accessories provides
a flexible and easy way to perfectly customize the light for the
artifacts and space,” said Versakos.

Utilizing every color in the rainbow, especially deep red emission,
Soraa’s lamps render warm tones beautifully and accurately, and achieve
a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 and deep red (R9) rendering of 95.
And unlike blue-based white LEDs without any violet emission, the
company’s lamps have violet emissions to properly excite fluorescing
brightening agents in natural objects.

Versakos’ teams at BandNY and LEDspin managed the exhibition design and
lighting. The three-story building is anchored by a two-foot thick,
51-foot high, 209-foot long arced structural, rammed earth wall, the
tallest in North America. The lighting design with Soraa LEDs and SNAP
system emphasize the exhibits and architectural building elements. The
Soraa LED lighting plays an important role in the climate-controlled
galleries, reducing energy usage and better preserving the museum’s

Located on the 620-acre historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, the
eco-conscious museum houses one of the most significant and extensive
19th and 20th century Western and American Indian Art collections in the
U.S., featuring Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran,
Edward Borein, Winold Reiss and the largest Hans Kleiber collection in
the world.

Skyline Engineering of Rapid City, South Dakota managed the lighting
system and specified Soraa LED lamps.

Soraa LED lamps have also been installed at the Staten Island Museum in
New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Historical Museum
Bramberg in Germany. For more information on Soraa’s LED lighting
products, please visit:

About Soraa

Pioneering lamps using LEDs built from pure gallium nitride substrates
(GaN on GaN™), Soraa has made ordinary lighting extraordinarily
brilliant and efficient. Soraa’s full spectrum GaN on GaN™ LED lamps
have superior colour rendering and beam characteristics compared to
lamps using LEDs created from non-native substrates. Founded in 2008,
Soraa is located in Fremont California, where it manufactures its GaN on
GaN™ LEDs in the company’s state-of-the-art facility. For additional
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