When Classical Art Meets Advanced And Efficient Lighting

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?  

2 thoughts on “When Classical Art Meets Advanced And Efficient Lighting

  1. Edward says on December 16, 2014 at 1:12 am

    When I first started reading this article, I was beginning to think that I was about to learn something about what happens in a museum after hours of operation are over. I thought I was going to read about some mystical activity, like what happens in the movie, Night at the Museum. I had no idea it was going to be about LED lights and how they are used to enhance the display of museum displays.

  2. Douglas says on December 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Museums and art galleries are often touted as excellent applications for high-quality LED lighting, provided that the necessary targets for characteristics such as color rendering can be met. Among the benefits provided by LED lighting, alongside energy savings, is the lack of ultraviolet and infrared radiation. I suppose the absence of IR means that the LED light source does not produce heat, and can be placed close to the piece to be illuminated. I’d say that is of great benefit to any Art Gallrey.

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