Sunday, February 4, the award ceremony of the Canon Zilveren Camera 2017 took place during a festive opening in Museum Hilversum. Photographer Chris Keulen won with the impressive photo series Vulnerable Love. For the lighting of photography, Museum Hilversum opted for an innovative solution: leased LED lighting via Light as a Service from Brink Licht.
From spotlight to even illumination
Marieken Oostrom, a Senior Lighting Designer of Studio Brink, was asked to light the exhibition space of Museum Hilversum in a way to show the nominated photographs at their best. ‘With the old light installation, you saw circled light beams on the photos due to the spots that were used. This is why the museum wanted a more modern, modest lighting method, with uniformly illuminated walls that ensure that all the attention goes to the artworks. So our starting point was to design a light installation for them and have it made to measure so that we could achieve the best light effect. And we succeeded, we heard many positive reactions from the first visitors and from the museum itself.’
Marieken calls this project 'extremely inspiring', despite the tight deadline and some challenges, such as a ceiling height of 4 meters and the built-in track, which meant the distance between the fixtures and the wall was fixed. ‘But we are incredibly pleased with the result. The wall-washer fixture we designed at Studio Brink is, in fact, modular and completely circular. This gives a beautiful lighting effect and fits seamlessly with the philosophy behind the Light as a Service lease construction.’
Leasing lamps with LaaS
Excuse me? Yes, the LED lighting in Museum Hilversum is rented via Light as a Service (LaaS). This means that the museum can use the lighting installation for five years for a fixed monthly fee. Therefore they do not have to make a significant investment. And if a lamp is broken? Service is included in the price. Moreover, the museum saves a lot on their energy bill thanks to the sustainable LED lamps. In short: 5 years carefree and sustainable lighting in Hilversum. Marieken is pleased that not only the light fixtures themselves are more durable, but also the way in which the lighting installation has ended up in the museum: ‘Many organisations are hesitant about the concept of 'light leasing'. That is why we think it’s extra special that the Museum Hilversum dared to choose for this option.’
About Light as a Service
At Brink Licht, we believe that we are ready for the future with Light as a Service. This construction is more sustainable; we are much more flexible in the implementation of developments and in this way we remain financially sound as a company and as an industry. Read more about light leasing here in Dutch.
Do you want to see the Canon Zilveren Camera exhibition with your own eyes? The exhibition runs until 25 March 2018 in Museum Hilversum at Kerkbrink 6 in Hilversum.
Project date: February 2018
Brands: specials produced by Solid Lighting for Brink Licht
Photo credits: Eelco Hofstra