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Crescent Lights a Hanging in Historic Building

Despite its dramatic architecture and being built during the Wars of the Roses, Oxburgh was never intended to be a castle but a family home. It was completed in 1482 for Sir Edmund, and the family have lived at Oxburgh ever since. It was given to the National Trust in 1952

It has long had a connection with royalty, in 1487 Edward VII and his Queen, Elizabeth of York stayed for 3 nights in the (now named) King and Queens rooms.

Mary Queen of Scots was held in captivity at Oxburgh and she worked on pieces of embroidery together with Elizabeth (Bess) Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury that were later to be sewn together to become the Marian hanging. This was subsequently used as a bed hanging in the Kings room from about 1761.

Working with the National Trust, Crescent supplied lengths of the CLO linear system fitted with warm white LEDs to light the Marian and Shrewsbury hangings in their display area. The system is dimmed to 60% and controlled by a motion sensor to help limit the overall light exposure to well within the 150,000 lux per year level recommended.

The Queens Room was also relit, replacing the old par 38 tungsten halogen units with Crescent CLF7700 LED track mounted spotlights. The units are positioned to illuminate the large wall hanging at the end of the room and also to provide useable light for the whole area. The very slightly cooler colour temperature of the 3000K spotlights compared with the old tungsten solution has meant that the area appears much brighter, the colours more vibrant and the staff at the Hall are very pleased with the result. This area is also limited to 150,000 lux per year and this is monitored carefully with a sensor in the room.

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