Zeppelin Museum

This museum has successfully upgraded its lighting to smart, energy-efficient LEDs improving sustainability and visitor experience without disrupting operations or altering the historic building. Here’s how:

Refurbishing an existing building, especially one as historically significant as the Zeppelin Museum, while continuing daily operations is a complex task. The museum, located on the shores of Lake Constance and housed in a historic 1933 harbor station, boasts a vast 4,000 m² of exhibition space. It features an extensive collection related to airship aviation, including the notable 33-meter-long partial reconstruction of the LZ 129 Hindenburg. The goal was to upgrade the old, energy-inefficient fluorescent lamps to new, sustainable LED lighting without interrupting the museum’s operations or compromising the visitor experience.

The Solution

LTS Licht & Leuchten GmbH provided the perfect solution with their innovative Ala lighting strip system. The system’s flexible and easy-to-install design allowed the museum to replace the lighting with minimal disruption. 

The Ala system can be retrofitted into existing lighting strip systems, making it possible to replace the fluorescent lamps without altering the ceiling structure. This “twist-and-go” installation allowed the museum to conduct the upgrade with just one technician during normal operating hours, ensuring no interruption to visitors.

By switching to high-quality LED lighting, the museum not only improved energy efficiency but also enhanced the visual experience. The LEDs provide better luminous efficacy and reduced power consumption, aligning with sustainability goals.

Advanced lighting control

All lighting within the museum is remotely controlled using Casambi’s wireless system, which offers numerous benefits. Casambi allows for easy adjustments to light intensity and color, enabling the museum to create the perfect atmosphere for different exhibits and events. The ability to control with precision the lighting remotely increases operational efficiency, reduces maintenance time, and offers flexibility in responding to varying lighting needs instantly.

Atmospheric enhancements

The entrance hall, a former station illuminated by a milk-glass ceiling, now features this state-of-the-art lighting technology hidden behind its historic coffered ceiling. The new lighting creates an even, soft distribution of light, simulating daylight and enhancing the welcoming atmosphere. The Ala light inserts can shine in various colors, allowing the museum to dynamically adjust the lighting to match different events and moods, thanks to the Casambi control system.

On the first floor, approximately 500 monochromatic Ala inserts replaced the old fluorescent lamps. The new lighting ensures optimal presentation of the exhibits with a more even and brighter lighting pattern. Over 700 meters of Ala luminaires were installed, offering creative flexibility and energy savings.

The hallways, integral to the seamless museum experience, were upgraded with the latest generation of LTS Lichtkanal. The customized setup of the Lichtkanal profile allows for easy retrofitting with LED lights, ensuring consistent lighting quality throughout the museum. This transition was executed smoothly without any noticeable disruptions to visitors.

The result is a more energy-efficient, visually appealing environment that continues to honor the museum’s rich history and its impressive collection.

Zeppelin Museum

Friedrichshafen, Germany

LTS Licht & Leuchten GmbH

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LTS Licht & Leuchten GmbH

A virtual tour of the Zeppelin Museum on YouTube

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