IT'S lighter, brighter and more interesting than ever at the Manning Valley Historical Society Museum.
Thanks to 26 new down lights, historical artefacts are easier to see and better preserved for generations to come.
The LED lights were installed last Friday in the two main exhibition rooms after the society received a NSW Government Community Building Partnership program grant.
Not only have the lights lit up dark corners making the viewing much more pleasurable, but they will not harm the collections by causing fading.
"Everything is so much more alive," museum curator Terry Tournoff said.
The lights are also economical to run which helps to ease the costs for the historical society.
The museum operates on a shoestring budget through donations, fundraising and grants.
The volunteers are also thrifty with their purchases and re-use and recycle as much as they can.
"We endeavour to work with the materials we have or are kindly donated by all sectors of the community," said Terry.
Despite the resourcefulness of volunteers and generosity of the community, the lights were a large expense that required a big injection of funding.
"We couldn't have put the lights in without the grant," said Terry.
State member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead will visit the Museum on August 20 to see the new lights.