“Changes like this is what Trillium is all about,” said MPP Jim McDonell. “The grant will be used to update the lighting.”
“I know how much of an impact this grant will have on the gallery and on the community so it can showcase even more lovely art,” said Trillium spokesperson Paulette Hebert. “We are thrilled to allow you to have this money.”
Twenty something years ago Marc Trottier, who was the Art Gallery Executive Director at the time, secured the donation of a used professional lighting system from the National Art Gallery of Canada. It was a great improvement for the art gallery then since the gallery only had generic commercial fluorescent lighting system.
The new lighting system will not only have an aesthetic function, they will also represent an important annual operational cost saving. The new lights will only use 1/4 of the electricity consumption compared to our current system. Therefore the Gallery will save over $1,200 annually in utility cost alone. This cost saving could potentially be reinvested in the Gallery’s programs and multiply the benefits of a simple lighting system upgrade.
The new lights will also improve the ambient temperature in the Gallery. Our current halogen bulbs produce more heat than light causing discomfort in the summer months. The upgrade will also help save the environment by reducing waste as the new LED bulbs last for 50,000 versus 1,500 for halogen.