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Photo of the Week: The Louvre Pyramid Gets New Lights

Newly installed LED lights illuminate the Louvre pyramid (Photo: Christophe Ena/AP Photo)

New external lighting are inaugurated at the Louvre, the worlds most popular art museum, at the Pyramid, the three pyramidions and the Colbert pavilion of the Louvre, with the warm glow of new LED lighting , Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011 in Paris. AP Photo/Christophe Ena.  (Text and Image from

This isn’t the first lighting change the Pyramid went through.  Switching to halide lamps in 2005 from 100W halogen lamps changed the glow from orange to white.  It looks like this latest lighting change has unified the illumination through the pyramid so that is evenly bright.  I think it enhances I. M. Pei’s work and punctuates the Louvre courtyard.

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  1. SkP #

    Seems like I have to get back to Paris soon – I really liked the lighting before (not to strong) – really interested how the whole atmoshpere in that place changes (or even if it will)


    December 8, 2011
    • This Toshiba LED up-grade is meant to maintain the same lighting effects as the 2005 renovation but cut down on energy consumption. In this case, “I’ll believe when I see it,” sounds like a good idea. 🙂


      December 8, 2011

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