An extensive Ketra lighting system throughout the Bloch Galleries allows each painting to be displayed with its own precise vibrancy, color temperature and brightness settings. With an exceptional level of granularity and wireless control, curators were able to adjust, view and approve lighting adjustments in increments as small as 1%, tailoring the light perfectly to each painting. The control system also allows for immediate adjustments at the push of the button — eliminating the need to go up and down on ladders or lifts to test various effects.
In their quest to control every fixture in the suite of galleries from a single source, the design team was initially considering a DMX backbone to control the Ketra hardware. However, Ketra was able to give the gallery a pre-release version of a control hub to provide all the control and configurability they needed. This technology forms a bridge between Ketra fixtures and digital interfaces such as design software, mobile app, and API commands. A user can even integrate multiple zones, allowing for seamless installations no matter how large. The team immediately jumped on board, and never looked back.
In addition to the latest in lighting technology, the design team also installed a hidden sound system with more than 50 speakers behind the walls throughout the space. This allows docents to broadcast to guests via a wireless mic and for the museum to play atmospheric music or effects during special events. Finally, a GPS-guided app allows visitors to receive a guided audio tour through their cell phones as they tour the museum.