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The Light Museum at Selux
A jour­ney in time into the world of elec­tric ligh­ting in Berlin

Over the years, Berlin has been res­pon­si­ble for more lights and lan­terns than any other city world­wide. In 1882, the first per­ma­nent elec­tric street lights in the world were erec­ted in Berlin. With the city in the midst of a phase where, due to its role both pre­sently and his­to­ri­cally, it is seen as a major centre for inno­va­tion and recon­struc­tion in street ligh­ting and other fields, sen­si­bi­lity for the city’s his­to­ri­cal lands­cape and res­pon­si­bi­lity for pro­jects affec­ting its urban space in the future go hand-in-hand.

Since the 1980s, Selux has been devel­o­ping both faith­ful recon­struc­ti­ons of his­to­ric lan­terns and new designs, which have cri­ti­cally trans­for­med the ideas inhe­rent in his­to­ric models into cre­a­tive, con­tem­po­rary styles. We at Selux are proud to be able to play such an active role in res­to­ring the appe­a­rance of Berlin’s his­to­ri­cal centre in such a con­spi­cuous manner.

Proof that his­to­ri­cal recon­struc­ti­ons of lan­terns are one of the strengths of Selux can be seen from, amongst others, the Har­den­berg lan­terns on the Kurf­ür­sten­damm and the Witz­le­ben lan­terns in Kreuz­berg and the area around the Schloss Char­lot­ten­burg. Since 1998, Schup­mann lan­terns can once again be found ligh­ting up the area in front of the Bran­den­burg Gate and Berlin’s grand bou­le­vard, Unter den Linden.

In devel­o­ping repli­cas of the ori­gi­nal lan­terns, care was taken at all times to ensure these looked both his­to­ri­cally authen­tic and met the high demands of modern ligh­ting tech­no­logy. Selux has deci­ded to dedi­cate an exhi­bi­tion to the his­to­ri­cal devel­op­ment of elec­tri­cal ligh­ting focu­sing espe­ci­ally on Berlin. Inte­rested visi­tors will be able to view a large number of ori­gi­nal his­to­ri­cal lumi­na­ries from the period 1850 – 1914 as well as the clas­si­cal replica lan­terns pro­du­ced by Selux. Amongst the attrac­ti­ons on exhi­bi­tion will be an icon of indu­strial design — Peter Behrens’ mag­ni­fi­cent eco­nomy arc lamp (Spar­bo­gen­lampe). We will be deligh­ted to be able to explain the wor­kings of the elec­tric carbon arc lamp based on a demon­stra­tion of a fully-func­ti­o­ning 120-year-old arc lamp.

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