After five years of restoration, modernization and seismic retrofitting, the historic Rotunda building of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum in July 2010 reopened with a new face and a whole new set of lighting—decorative LED bulbs supplied by Torrance, California–based LEDtronics, Inc.
Renovation of the 97–year–old Beaux Arts–inspired building was part of a multi–phase, $107–million project that included the modernization of the electrical system to support multimedia presentations and events, improve climate control and enhance exhibition lighting in an energy–efficient manner. Modernizing of the lighting system involved a retrofit from incandescent light fixtures with custom–manufactured LED systems without compromising the historical integrity of the original fixtures, notably in the Rotunda.
LEDtronics provided 90 of 5–watt PAR38–180 Series bulbs and 160 of 1–watt DEC–G25F Series frosted bulbs through the distributor, American Electric Supply of Corona, California, to the contractor of record. The lamps were first installed in summer 2008.