SoLux Light Bulb Makes Lasting Impression on French Masterpieces as Musée d'Orsay Paris, France Relights Museum with Daylight Source

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The SoLux daylight bulb developed by Tailored Lighting Inc. of Rochester, NY, has been chosen by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France to re-light the entire museum in preparation of its 25th Anniversary.

"The Angelus" by Millet, lit by SoLux, Musee d'Orsay

"You should see the masterpieces lit by SoLux Lights!" Guy Cogeval, Director, Musée d'Orsay

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The SoLux daylight bulb developed by Tailored Lighting Inc. of Rochester, NY, has been chosen by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris France to re-light the entire museum in preparation of its 25th Anniversary.

What started out as a major renovation at the Van Gogh Museum over a decade ago has come full circle to relighting the world's largest collection of French Impressionist paintings at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris France. At the heart of this story is a special light bulb that has brought back the beauty and brilliance to many of the most famous paintings in the world without lifting a paint brush or requiring any restoration work.

In 1999, the Van Gogh Museum was undergoing a major renovation and the National Gallery of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art both were chosen to exhibit a collection of Van Gogh paintings. In a strange twist of fate, both museums decided to illuminate the paintings with a new lighting product called SoLux. The light source produces a true daylight spectrum minus the potentially damaging UV light associated with natural daylight. Dr. Andreas Bluhm, the Director of Exhibitions for the Van Gogh Museum, traveled to Washington D.C. to inspect the paintings. When he arrived, he was surprised to find the old and dreary paintings he had come to know now looked freshly painted and displayed colors he had never seen before. Dr. Bluhm contacted Kevin McGuire, President of Tailored Lighting and inventor of the SoLux bulb, and asked why the paintings looked so "magnificent". Mr. McGuire proceeded to explain that the spectrum of daylight was the light used to create the paintings and McGuire had reproduced this light in a patented bulb so visitors to the museums could see the paintings the way the artist had seen them.

The result of Bluhm and McGuire's subsequent meeting in Amsterdam resulted in the Van Gogh Museum incorporating SoLux throughout its permanent and temporary exhibit spaces. The nearby Rijksmuseum also chose SoLux to illuminate many of its famous paintings including the Night Watch by Rembrandt.

In 2005 Dr. Bluhm became the Director of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne and shortly thereafter McGuire and Bluhm started working on re-lighting that museum with SoLux.

Dr. Bluhm has hosted many museum directors over the years showing the dramatic change the SoLux light source has brought to the Wallraf-Richartz's French Impressionist, Baroque, and Medieval galleries.

Guy Cogeval, Director of the Musée d'Orsay, was a visitor to the Wallraf-Richartz Museum last year and after meeting with Bluhm, Cogeval contacted Mr. McGuire for samples. The d'Orsay's board approved the lighting change and this summer the museum is undergoing the final stages of renovation using SoLux to illuminate all of its famous collection. Dr. Cogeval wrote, "You should see the masterpieces of the gallery lit by Solux lights! The Moulin de la Galette, by Renoir and our five Cathedrals by Monet have never looked so fantastic."

Quoting McGuire, "We are thrilled with the positive and lasting impact we are having on the world of art and with our new 120 volt screw-in SoLux PAR lamps introduced last month, we are aiming to get more museums in the U.S. to make the switch."

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