Smithsonian Museum


The nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House, the Presidential Portrait Gallery lies at the heart of the National Portrait Gallery’s mission to tell the American story through the individuals who have shaped it.

In June 2017, the Smithsonian Presidential Portrait Gallery began deploying Xicato GalaXi to control both Xicato XIM and 3rd¬†party light sources in luminaires by Lighting Services Inc. (LSI). Xicato’s Smart Controls and interoperability with the Medialon Building Management System were critical to the project’s success.

Xicato’s XID was an essential control in the project. It is a compact, DC driver that delivers smooth, flicker-free dimming to 0.1% and is controllable using 0-10V or Bluetooth. XID can drive anything from a single LED to a 56W CoB or linear array, and can be flux programmed to operate at maximum current from 350mA to 1400mA. At the Smithsonian, XID is driving a single-LED point source and a framing projector based on a non-Xicato CoB, while the remaining luminaires are based on the XIM Artist Series.

The Smithsonian Medialon controller manages the lights through the open HTTP application programming interface (API) on the IP side of the Xicato Intelligent Gateway (XIG). It took the museum staff just hours to get started with the system, and the entire network was working within 3 days.

Installation Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Xicato Product Used XIM, Smart Controls, Control Software
Light Type Artist Series
Application Type Museums and Galleries
Location Washington, DC
Luminaire Provider Lighting Services Inc.