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Yale University Lanman Wright Hall Lighting Restoration Complete

Yale University Lanman Wright Hall Lighting Restoration Complete

Seymour, CT – Yale University Lanman Wright Hall, Widely referred to as LDub, houses Pierson and Berkeley freshmen. LDub is notable for having some of the smallest rooms at Yale, with most bedrooms being doubles with bunk beds and common rooms being relatively small. Despite these, LDub affords residents a notably communal atmosphere. Students spend less time in their respective rooms. The courtyard is also well used. LDub entryways are all linked by LDub Courtyard, which is the most popular semi-enclosed place on Old Campus. It is elevated, with benches and trees, and is conveniently located beside Old Campus’s Elm Street entrance, and nearby its High Street one. Because of this, it is often used as a social hub or meet-up point for freshmen.

Grand Light has restored eight of the original exterior lanterns at Yale University Lanman Wright Hall. Each lantern has been media blasted to remove all of the existing finish and a beautiful satin black finish has been applied. In addition to refinishing each lantern, broken or missing frosted seedy glass panels had to be made and replaced, and all mechanical defects and missing parts have been repaired making these lanterns sturdy and revived to continue their service to Yale Lanman Wright Hall.  All fixtures have been rewired with two circuits, one of which will be an emergency circuit.

lanman_original_location.jpgShown above is the pre-restoration of on type of lantern lantern prior to being removed from its original position on the exterior of Yale University’s Lanman Wright Hall. These lanterns original paint, marred by age and the elements, have begun to corrode leaving a less than desired finish.

Arrival_Lanterns.jpgShown are the Lanman Wright Hall Fixtures disassembled and cataloged to begin their restoration process. Each fixture will under go mechanical repairs, replacement glass, and a new finish.

lanman_hall_surface_prep2.jpgShown above are lanterns in the midst of surface preparation done thru media blasting. Grand Light artisans took great care to remove all of the original finish and foreign material from the fixtures in preparation for a paint primer application.

Some of the lanterns had extensive rusting and tear that required Grand Light Artisans  rebuild the tops. Shown above is the exposed damage on the original lantern top before custom panels are installed. In order to accommodate for the deteriorating top, Grand Light crafted custom copper panels that would cover the exterior lantern’s top surface. These copper panels were then soldered on to allow the lantern to have a sturdy, robust top.

lanman_paint_final.jpgAfter all of the mechanical repairs were completed, and the removal of the original paint, a coating of primer is applied to the lanterns in preparation for a gorgeous satin black paint. Once the fixtures are painted they received a UV resistant lacquer top coat to protect this finish the best it can be from the elements.

Ballasts.jpgIn additional to the new frosted seedy glass panel, mechanical repairs to the the frames and tops, and a new finish, all of the ballast trays contained within the fixtures were re-fabricated and re-installed into the lanterns.

Shown above are the are the photos of one of each type of lantern that was restored by Grand Light. With all mechanical, exterior aesthetics, and glass panels corrected, these majestic restored fixtures were then packed and transported to Yale University Lanman Wright Hall for re-installation.
More information regarding this project can be viewed online by clicking the link for Yale University Lanman Wright Hall Exterior Lighting Restoration.

For further information regarding this project you may contact our project manager:

Ryan Stockman
800-922-1469 ext 110

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