Dec 08, 2014

Press Release

Panasonic Donates LED Clear Light Bulbs to the State Hermitage Museum in Commemoration of its 250th Anniversary

The State Hermitage Museum benefits from energy and maintenance cost savings while still keeping the beauty and value of the decorative articles and collection of paintings with Panasonic's LED light bulbs.

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation today announced that Panasonic Russia, Ltd. donated a total of 1,812 LED clear light bulbs - 1,693 candle type and 119 incandescent bulb type bulbs1 - to the State Hermitage Museum, one of the three most globally renowned museums and registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990, in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of its foundation on December 5, 2014.

Incandescent light bulbs were widely used in the State Hermitage Museum's chandeliers and luminaires. The Museum has now decided to adopt Panasonic's LED light bulbs to reduce energy consumption and improve ease of maintenance while preserving the beauty and value of the decorative articles and collection of paintings inherited from the history-rich House of Romanov.

Replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED clear light bulbs allows energy consumption to be reduced by approximately 83%2. The company's proprietary Center Mount Technology3 can produce light similar to incandescent light bulbs.

The company plans to provide energy-saving and high-quality lighting in the future without changing the ambience of the spaces or affecting the showpieces of historical museums, and will continue to protect World Heritage locations with the latest technology.

[The State Hermitage Museum][A scene of Donation Ceremony]
[Candle Type][Incandescent Bulb Type]

1: Candle type : Kelvin temperature 2700K/Power consumption 5W
Incandescent bulb type : Kelvin temperature 2700K/Power consumption 10W

2: Comparison between the 1,812 LED clear light bulbs to be employed and the incandescent bulbs they replace (source: the company)

3: By using this "Center Mount Technology," the company succeeded in setting a LED module in the center of a bulb. Thanks to the layout method, the LED light can spread to not only upwards but also downward through the module circuit board.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates around 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2014. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at

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