Brand New and Obsolete

The Capitol Visitor Center's two 70-foot-by-30-foot skylights bring natural light into the underground space and allow impressive views of the Capitol dome. With fixtures that are modern interpretations of the ones in the Capitol, the center delivers adequate lighting, but the lamp sources are not as energy efficient or as up-to-date as they should be.

In the entrance lobby, custom fixtures made of solid bronze frames and stone plates are backlit by 42W rectangular compact fluorescent downlights (top). Exhibition Hall primarily uses LED technology to make the display cases the main focus (above).

Restored Frederick Law Olmsted lanterns using metal halide sources line the perimeter of the Capitol's East Front Plaza.

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