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A new electrical and lighting system will ensure that Gunns Plains Cave welcomes visitors to an improved experience.

Labor Member for Braddon, Brenton Best officially launched the major upgrade of the electrical and lighting system at the cave south of Ulverstone today.

"The completion of this project will ensure that Gunns Plains Cave continues to be a strong attraction that delivers a quality visitor experience while protecting the unique cave environment," Mr Best said.

"The electrical and lighting upgrade focussed on two areas: ensuring the safe movement of visitors through the cave during normal tours; and in providing appropriate emergency and atmospheric lighting.

"These types of projects are a combination of lighting design, lighting technology and resource conservation and management."

Mr Best said the new 24 volt LED (light emitting diode) lights throughout the cave will use less energy, produce less heat and therefore reduce the environmental impacts on the cave.

The system will also cope with flooding that the cave experiences from time to time.

"The upgrade was a cooperative effort between between experts such as Mr Neil Kell, local contractors Shane Hill Electrical Pty Ltd, the cave operators, Geoff and Trish Deer, Karst Care volunteers and Parks and Wildlife Service staff," Mr Best said.

Gunns Plains is one of Tasmania's oldest visitor caves, having opened on January 6, 1909.

It attracts about 10,000 visitors each year.

The $220,000 electrical and lighting project is part of the Parks and Wildlife Service's Priority Asset Maintenance Program that has included upgrades to visitor facilities in parks and reserves around Tasmania.