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    Lightemotion created the lighting design at the Canadian Museum of History. Picture: Gordon King

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Shining a light on Canadian history

Magda Ibrahim
21 Feb 2019

Lightemotion has completed a lighting design project for Gatineau’s Canadian Museum of History.

Lightemotion, for GSM Project, used a combination of museum and architectural lighting to highlight the work of architect Douglas Cardinal while showcasing the museum’s history.

The team used more than 40 kinds of light fixtures, from theatrical floodlights to gobo projectors and miniature LED heads for subtly illuminating even the smallest details of the displays at the Quebec museum.

Features included interchangeable lenses, zoom, anti-glare accessories, an integrated potentiometer to adjust the lighting level for conservation needs and ambience, and the option to add colour filters.

Beyond the myriad of fixtures required, challenges included using LED technology to recreate the warmth and subtlety of halogen.

Another important element to take into account was that certain fragile artefacts are sensitive to heat.

When fine-tuning the lighting, Lightemotion worked closely with the museum’s conservation team to provide consistent and suitable lighting, carrying out tests that included thermal models to ensure optimal conservation conditions for the artefacts.

The Canadian Museum of History’s emblematic dome acts as a visual reference point throughout most of the museum pathway.

As the dome is an immense structure where it is impossible to install lighting, the team had to use a special approach and used the dome to create light with indirect lighting.

Lightemotion president François Roupinian said: “The light ultimately needs to tell a story. The visitors shouldn’t have to be aware of the technical feats behind the scenes. The lighting should create a complete sensory experience.”

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