Museum announces new lighting system

Museum announces new lighting system

NEWTON, NC (December 12, 2011) -- A ribbon cutting was held Dec. 7 at the Catawba County Museum of History to celebrate the completion of its new LED lighting system. The LED lighting system replaced conventional incandescent and fluorescent lighting that was being used in the hallways and three galleries on the museum’s main floor.

This project was funded through the City of Newton’s energy-efficient lighting grant, which was a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds that were directed to North Carolina’s State Energy Office for energy conservation projects.


The City of Newton provided grant administration and project management for the lighting project. Fixtures & More, a Newton lighting company, was the low bidder for the lighting equipment and also provided technical guidance for the LED lighting system. The Catawba County Facilities Services Department removed the old lighting and installed the new system.

The ribbon cutting was conducted by County Commissioner C. Randall Isenhower, Newton Mayor Robert A. Mullinax, and Museum Director Melinda Herzog. Members of the Newton City Council, Downtown Newton Development Association, and Newton Merchants Group, among others, were in attendance for the event. Attendees were impressed with the improved viewing experience that the new lighting provided for the exhibits.

Newton Mayor Robert A. Mullinax said that he is pleased that the City of Newton was able to arrange grant funding for the lighting project. “This facility is the heart stone of our City. We are continually trying to enhance this facility and attract people to downtown Newton,” Mayor Mullinax said. “This project is a perfect example of partnership.”

Herzog said the project was made possible by the cooperation all entities involved. “It is so wonderful how everyone worked together to make this project a reality,” Herzog stated. “We are proud to be recipients of this lighting project.”

LED lighting will provide the Catawba County Museum with better lighting at a much lower operating cost than the former incandescent and fluorescent system. The new LED lamps require only 19 watts to operate compared to the 90-watt bulbs that they replaced.  In addition, LED lighting is free of ultraviolet rays which can damage the Museum’s exhibits.

Herzog noted that the new lighting helps the museum attain accreditation from the American Association of Museums, by providing a better viewing experience for museum visitors and participation in “traveling” exhibits.

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