December 18, 2017

Jane Cox on LEDs, lighting design and the role of light in storytelling

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Photo by David Kelly Crow

When Princeton’s new Lewis Arts complex was under design, Jane Cox was one of the primary advocates for going all-LED in the new theatrical performing spaces.

“It was a risk to go to all LEDs because the technology for entertainment is changing fast, but the decision was for Princeton to be at the forefront of energy efficiency in design,” said Cox, director of the Program in Theater and a senior lecturer in the Lewis Center for the Arts. “We also decided that our basic lighting systems should be automated for maximum flexibility, and are betting on the sophistication of our students to learn to engage with these systems and maximize their potential.”

With the opening of the new complex, Cox will oversee one of the first all-LED theaters in an educational setting. Automated LED lights provide versatility in creating different lighting states and they consume vastly less power than traditional light sources.

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