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Museums / Themed Environment

“We had our first little starter-museum over in Arlington, where Barbizon provided all of our studio lighting. It was natural when we came here, [Newseum] to bring Barbizon along with us. This was a huge project with a lot of different elements that Barbizon stepped up to and took ownership.” 

-Jim Updike, Vice President of Technology for the Freedom Forum and for the Newseum

International Spy Museum | Barbizon Lighting CompanyMuseum and Themed Environment Lighting and Rigging

Museums have diversified lighting and rigging needs. No longer are they just static lighting environments, but areas that engage the viewing audience by adding visual control through light. Museums include interactive, dynamic spaces that draw the visitor in. Museum lighting and rigging design plays a role in creating the desired atmosphere for the museum space. 

Barbizon has provided lighting, rigging and supplies to numerous museums such as the Spy Museum, National Infantry Museum and the Newseum. In every project there were major considerations given to Dimming Equipment, Circuiting & Power Distribution, Control Consoles & Custom Panels, as well as a custom rig for a massive 22,000 pound Barco Screen. 

Energy Efficient Lighting

At Barbizon Lighting, we understand the need for Energy Efficient Lighting and Show Control Integration. Our New Light Initiative team researches new energy efficient products and solutions for our customers. The team focuses on improving energy efficiency in museum lighting design. Learn about sustainable lighting practices and efficient museum lighting fixtures from our educated team. These sustainable practices save on energy costs and make your museum more efficient. 

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Palazzo Verdi - Denver, CO


Palazzo Verdi - Denver, CO


Palazzo Verdi, an office building in Denver, Colorado, is a LEED-certified (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design) structure built in 2008, and home to the Madden Museum of Art. The vast atrium houses three permanent pieces of art: a chandelier, a 55-foot tall mural, and a floor decorated with a 42-foot labyrinth.  Lonnie Hanzon, designer of the striking centerpiece Chandelier Chardin, brought Barbizon Light of the Rockies in to provide the lighting system.  The challenges were significant. The client demanded aesthetics suitable for such a palatial space, low maintenance operation, and that the Art maintained its rightful place as the center of focus.  Furthermore since Palazzo Verdi was a LEED certified building, energy efficiency and sustainability were vital to maintaining the spirit of the project.


Barbizon provided Total Structures custom fabricated Circular Truss at the top of the Atrium to encircle the Chandelier.  Barbizon’s ETCP Certified Riggers worked carefully to install the rig from a system of sway braced support cables without damaging the chandelier or the floor.  The Chandelier was lit with 40 Selador Vivid LED luminaires, each unit with custom lensing and a very purposeful focus.  The tip of the 44’ Chandelier is lit with ETC Source Four CDM units with Ocean Optics Seachangers.  The net effect provides a dynamic lighting effect which can simulate motion down the spiral with brilliant color, all designed to bring the delicate glass artwork to life.  The Chartes Labyrinth marble floor is also illuminated with Source Four CDMs with Seachangers to provide numerous options for dynamic color fades and chases.  High CRI CDM sources were used to precisely illuminate Ascension, a 55’ high mural that did not need additional color effects to make its bold statement.  BARCO / High End Systems DL2 Fixtures allow the ability to create collaged projections, dynamic imagery, logos, signage and messaging without physically accessing the units.  A complement of Martin MAC 700 Profiles and Wash units provide the ability to utilize the rig for performance lighting without the need for rental or truss access.  The entire system is pulled together with sophisticated programming that can be run manually, via touch screen, or automatically by way of an astronomical time clock.  The Barbizon Rockies systems team rose to every facet of the challenge from Integration through Project Management and Technical Services to create a spectacular system and attain the lofty aspirations of the client and designers.