A lighting upgrade at Hinkler Hall of Aviation will bring the state-of-the-art tourist attraction and exhibition hall in line with best practice in museum lighting standards.
Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Sue-Anne Chapman said the new lighting will begin in the main hall area and continue in the entry hall, Lex Rowland Gallery, entrance foyer, and exterior.
“The Hall currently uses halogen lighting in conjunction with the Dynalite system that was first installed when the Hall opened in 2008,” she said.
“There are 43 rail-mounted halogen lights that use 35w lamps and 15 large halogen spotlights that use 120w lamps.
“This system is not energy efficient, is expensive to run and requires a high level of maintenance every three months which is proving to be costly.”
Sue-Anne said the cost is not the only issue.
“The walls within the Hall are painted black and when the lights fail, visibility is poor for reading the storyboards and viewing exhibits.
“More importantly though, it becomes a safety issue and the improved lighting will allow a safer passage for guests when moving through the open areas.
Work on the $200,000 lighting upgrade, which was part of the new Council budget, is expected to be completed by the end of the financial year.
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