Bexhill Museum needs £4,000 to modernise the lighting in its three galleries to cut its crippling power bill.
Swapping the current fluorescent, halogen and other units for energy-saving LED would bring savings within two and a half years.
Now the voluntarily-run independent charity is launching a variant on the time-honoured “buy-a-brick” fund-raising principle. It is inviting supporters to “buy a bulb.”
The advantages of the long-time LED units would be a better spread of light, brighter displays, cheaper energy costs, reduced ultra violet damage to artefacts and much reduced heat generation.
As a guideline to supporters, the museum is setting out in its newsletter the cost of the various types of LED unit the scheme would require.
These range from £24.43 for each four foot long LED tube to £41.16 for each of 49 LED downlights required.
Supporters are being invited to make cheques payable to Bexhill Museum Ltd and to write “Buy-a-bulb appeal” on the back.
Alternatively, supporters can use the museum’s appeal page on JustGiving where donations can be made by card or text.
Leaflets going out with the museum newsletter and available at the museum include space to sign under the Gift Aid Donation scheme which allows the charity to claim an extra 25p from the Government for every £1 raised.
Bexhill Museum offers something for everyone from local history and archaeology to fashion and Bexhill’s motor heritage.
The unique collections are housed in a distinctive building which combines a traditional Edwardian museum with a modern extension.
The Museum runs a wide range of special events, activities and workshops throughout the year for children, families and adults.
Exhibitions currently running include wedding dresses and the King’s German Legion.