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MIT Kresge Auditorium Lighting Restoration In Progress

Grand Light has begun restoring sixty-seven historic exterior downlights from Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Kresge Auditorium. The first phase of restoration began with each downlight being inspected and reviewed to measure the severity of finish deterioration and mechanical failure. The exterior finish had been severely stained by bird excrement while the interior of each fixture had accumulated a significant amount of debris from birds nesting. It was determined that the most appropriate method of restoration would be to re-finish each fixture. The current dilapidated finish would first be remove by media blasted with a granite to remove all of the existing finish in preparation for a black matte polyester powder coat finish. All foreign material would also have to be removed and the interior of each fixture cleaned. All wires will be replaced and rewired in accordance to UL standards.

In addition to finish deterioration, a damage inspection and subsequent report for each downlight revealed significant metal rot on a large number of the fixtures. Of the sixty-seven fixtures, nineteen had existing damaged and rotten sections which will require additional metal work to repair and/or replace the corroded metal to match existing components.

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Shown above is a Grand Light artisan media blasting the interior and exterior of a downlight to remove the current aged finish. This process involves

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Shown above is a comparison between the exterior downlights before and after they are granite blasted to remove the current aged and stained finish.

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Shown above are the fixtures that are prepared to be powder coated. These fixtures require no additional metal work and will be rewired and components installed once the powder coat has been applied.

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Of the sixty-seven fixtures that were media blasted, nineteen have extensive damaged and rotten sections which will require additional metal work to repair and/or replace the corroded metal. These fixtures will be repaired

Grand Light specializes in the restoration of historical luminaires of every scale, material, finish, and design. From professional diagrams and plans for your project to rewiring fixtures to UL standards, our specialists have proven their reputation as exceptional lighting restorers. 

For more information regarding this project, you may review the project homepage at Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Kresge Auditorium.

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