In 2015-16, the BBAC started its latest capital improvement project – converting classroom studio & exhibit gallery lighting to LED.
Lighting is obviously critical to art-making and art-looking, and we strive to provide the best quality encounters for everyone from the casual observer to the committed artist, upholding our vision statement “art for all.” This project contributes significantly to our sustainability in terms of cost and energy efficiencies. The annual savings to the BBAC is estimated to be more than $8,200. The projected lifespan of LED lights is 50,000 hours compared to 10,000 hours for fluorescent lights and 1,200 hours for incandescent lights (used most – BBAC galleries); the BBAC is open 60-100 hours per week, Monday through Saturday throughout the year.
We are grateful for grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs that contributed significantly to the project’s success.