Light of Arts

How one company in Long Island City designs and manufactures lighting for all museums and galleries

 

 

The last thing that comes to mind when looking at art at a gallery is lighting. Indeed if you’ve been to MoMA or Gagosian gallery, you’ve noticed that the art of good lighting is far from simply filling the room with lumens: it’s about balance, focus, and accents. Such lighting is so unique that it’s required to design the set at the location — with a group of light designers and specialists. For the last sixty five years, a quiet pioneer of light manufacturing, Edison Price Lighting, has been producing and designing lights for 450 musesums and galleries from around the world — all from their factory in Long Island City. I stopped by at the factory to capture how they do it.

 

The testing station where the final assembly happens

 
Edison Price Lighting makes every single piece of their lights at the factory: from prototyping to designing custom tools, press dies, and parts down to the smallest nuts and bolts.
 

 

 

The process of making a light starts at a special workshop on the ground floor that makes custom press dies

 

 

 

Cheat sheet for the machine operator

 

 

The manufacturing on the floor is divided into sections marked alphabetically
Custom dies hand-numbered and ready to be taken into production

 

Tools used to hand-shape metal parts

 

 
 

A steel part that will be used as part of the light: before and after shaping

 

All-aluminum bars as they arrive to the factory
A special milling machine works with aluminum parts

 

 

Aluminum shavings left after production

 

 

 

Spray painting the light cases with enamel paint gives them delightful soft matte finish

 

Final assembly and testing

 

 

 
Research and development floor where new lights are being created from scratch
 

 

 

 

Select projects by Edison Price Lighting

 

David Zwirner Gallery, NYC
Gagosian Gallery, LA

 

Brooklyn Museum, NYC
Met Breuer, NYC

 

Edison Price Lighting Gallery
4150 22 St., Long Island City
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Arthurious

I'm designer, photographer, and professional flâneur with a peculiar love towards impeccable design, well-crafted stories, and the intricacies of urban life.

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