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Light at the museum

Zumtobel has delivered a new architectural lighting scheme for Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History. As a Grade I listed building, the design and installation process were challenging; however the performance of the LED luminaires, the expertise of Zumtobel and a collaborative approach from the project team has resulted in a spectacular lighting solution that meets the complex requirements of the space.

A significant challenge for the team was developing an appropriate fixing system that would not damage the Grade I building. Monard Electrical played a fundamental role in the design and selection of innovative fixings, which allowed the luminaires and cabling to be attached to the structure by magnetic brackets.

The resulting architectural lighting solution comprises a combination of Zumtobel, Bega and Limburg luminaires, which has significantly improved the overall lighting in the museum as well as illuminating the architectural features of the building, enhancing aesthetics and providing an energy efficient solution.

Robert Gregg, Deputy Electrical Engineer at Oxford University’s Estates Services concludes: “For the first time the museum is benefitting from a well designed lighting scheme that has attracted critical acclaim from external conservation bodies. The results are a testament to the commitment, passion and pride in the project displayed by the whole team.”