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Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics Wins IES Lighting Control Innovation Award Of Merit

The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.

This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play at the Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics. Lighting control design by Ruslan Belous and Peter vom Scheidt, PE, LC, lighting designers for Wendel. Lighting controls by Lutron Electronics.


This one-of-a-kind museum with custom designed illuminated display cases had numerous lighting control requirements.


The corridor leading from the entrance to the main museum has a backlit wall display showing the history of fine ceramics. Lighting in the corridor is narrow profile linear fixtures with fluorescent lamps to also aid in the directionality of traffic.


The vertical portion of the museum’s main backlit displays continues the timeline with graphics and text that describe the artifacts. The horizontal section contains the artifacts that are indirectly lit from within the steel enclosure with high efficiency fluorescent lamps. Specific items are highlighted with fixed focus recessed 1-watt LED point source fixtures with remote drivers.


The movable displays are accented by track fixtures with MR-16 lamps. Every lighting function in the museum is independently controlled by a centralized control system. Presets for various scenes are also programmed for different uses of the space. The entrance glass element and permanent displays are all backlit with high output, 5000K white linear LED fixtures for long life, reduced energy consumption and ease of maintenance with remote drivers. Each of the sections of displays can be manually, automatically or remotely controlled.


The main museum is open with high levels of natural lighting from north and south facing windows. Therefore, as to not overpower the backlit displays or create glare on the display glass, motorized shades were installed and tied to the control system. During most daytime hours of operation, natural light and light radiated from the displays is all that is needed. On dark days or during evening hours, natural light is supplemented with custom length, wall-mounted, direct/indirect linear fluorescent fixtures with T8 lamps. Completed within the budget, this unique museum will surely generate interest in this field of study.

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