There’s a lot going on in museums that we don’t often think about. While it’s easy to lose yourself in a painting or sculpture, there are many external factors that affect the way in which that happens. One key component is lighting. And now, venues with some of the most iconic and timeless works of art are updating their lighting with more advanced and efficient bulbs.
The results not only preserve the viewing experience for museum visitors and reduce energy use, they actually contribute to the longevity of priceless, important, and fragile works that have been enjoyed for generations.
“A combination of efficient LEDs and a digital control system has achieved 85% energy savings on lighting. The system’s ability to respond to the changing environment allows the Gallery to make use of available daylight and adjust lighting levels around visiting hours.”
The UK’s National Gallery update follows the Sistine Chapel, which recently updated their lighting system to better illuminate the work of Michelangelo and Botticelli. The LEDs and lighting control system also contribute to art preservation, as this type of lighting does not emit UV light which can cause pigments to fade.
While a lot of careful consideration and implementation is needed to successful account for LED’s spectrum differences, the benefits are clear and the lighting technology is only getting better.
Do you think more museums and art venues will also switch over to LEDs?