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LED moves to Neuschwanstein
8/24/2010

Today, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most-frequented palaces and castles in Europe. Every year, approximately 1.3 million people visit "the castle of the fairytale king". In the summer, an average of more than 6,000 visitors throng to view the rooms that were originally designed for a single occupant, namely King Ludwig II.

The greatest concern of those responsible for maintaining the Castle is the heavy strain on the historical materials due to UV and infrared radiation, be it through sunlight or artificial light. Therefore, it was absolutely essential to improve the previous lighting system, and it was necessary to proceed as carefully as possible with a view to ensuring conservation criteria were upheld. The Bavarian Palace Department specified that the mounting points already in place had to be used when installing the new lighting system. Alternatively, the architects had the option to use clamping devices that would not require any intervention in the historical substance. In order not to disturb the historical appearance of the site, visible sources of light were to be avoided to the greatest possible extent. It seemed only logical to opt for Zumtobel's Supersystem because it is a lighting system that creates appealing effects also from a distance in an architecturally unobtrusive and, at the same time, very effective way. The LED spots of only 2.5 watt can be adapted to various light distributions by means of different optical caps.

Thanks to the use of LED Tempura spotlights, which now strikingly illuminates the splendid colors of the throne room, the color temperature can be easily changed across the range of 2,700 and 6,500 kelvin at the push of a button.
Thus, the museum staff can now readjust the lighting conditions at all times. With this LED lighting system, Neuschwanstein Castle has arrived in the 21st century. From the perspective of both conservation and design it has been the right decision as the system helps to protect the valuable and unique interiors.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany | photo © Zumtobel
Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany | photo © Zumtobel
Stylized and showcased lighting systems by Zumtobel being used at this project.
Hidden light sources | all illustrations © Sebastian Reuthal, Stylepark