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Museum of Science and Industry Rotunda

Chicago | 2008

Replacing multiple old and visually obtrusive truss positions, Lightswitch devised a circular truss ‘chandelier’ loaded with automated lighting fixtures.

What It Was

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry was looking for a way to breathe some new life into the center rotunda of the museum as a part of their seventy fifth anniversary.

What We Did

Replacing multiple old and visually obtrusive truss positions, Lightswitch devised a circular truss ‘chandelier’ loaded with automated lighting fixtures. The system is controlled by a user-friendly menu driven touch panel, allowing numerous lighting options and providing a versatile lighting solution for the many needs of the Museum.

Why It Worked

Lightswitch’s design met tight budget and schedule criteria, but exceeded MSI’s expectations for the transformative impact. The lighting brings dynamic movement, texture and color to this previously dark space, and has changed the way guests interacted with this center point of the museum. Now instead of quickly passing through the rotunda, visitors linger and watch the changing light show taking place around them. image used with kind permission from J.B. Spector Photography