Art Gallery & Museum Lighting
Lighting is all about culture experience.
Lighting is all about culture experience.
Perception is a unique special function of human beings. We can feel the richness of history from an antique, we can experience the elegance from a famous painting. All of these perceptions are not coming from the light itself, but the feeling are interrelated with the light. Because of the light, the beauty comes out. When the lights are turned off, nothing can be felt.
Poor lighting always creates poor exhibits to the visitors. Whether for a museum or an art gallery, it is important to increase well-known collections, but it is also important to optimize the lighting conditions and enhance the viewing experience, so that the audience could have a better enjoyment of art and culture.
What do we must consider of the lighting to have the best presentation for an exquisite art? Uniform illumination, proper brightness, and suitable illumination angles, all of these factors could improve the appreciating experiences. However, there is the most important factor we should not ignore. That is the color reproduction of the illumination source which is the “CRI” we usually use. The high CRI light source can accurately reproduce the colors, making the appearance of the artwork more vivid and conveying the best artistic experience to the visitors. However, high CRI LEDs which are promoted in the market is always just high value of Ra, which could not be the sufficient evidence to prove the good light quality. The best scientific way to distinguish the quality of the light is to evaluate the light at spectral level.
Photochemical damage (Fading) and photomechanical damage (Structural damage) will be caused by artificial lighting. So, avoiding exposure the art or antique under the light will be the best solution for preservation. However, this runs counter to the exhibition missions of museums and galleries. The lighting design of museums and art galleries should not only consider how to bring the best appreciating experience to the present visitors, but also consider how to pass the best appreciating experience as long as possible. We hope our next generation also have the opportunity to appreciate what we have now. Therefore, proper “preservation” is also an important factor to consider in lighting design.
In terms of the best appreciation, the traditional Incandescent light source might be the best choice since the closest spectral shape to the natural light. Colors of the art can be accurately reproduced. However, a large amount of heat will be radiated at the meanwhile when the light comes out. The heat radiation will accelerate fading of the painting and other colored artifacts. So, it is the worst choice for preservation by using incandescent light.
LED lighting technology is the best alternative light source in this respect. LED almost emit no infrared radiation which is the main reason for generating the heat. Therefore, from the perspective of preservation of art, LED light source will be the best choice.
“Saving power, no waste” is also a consideration for the operation of museums and galleries, especially for some non-profit pavilions. Temperature control system may be the largest power consumption for the most of venues, but the power consumption of lighting shouldn’t be ignored.
In terms of energy saving, LED lighting has many advantages over traditional light sources. First, LED is the most efficient lighting device at present. To achieve the same illumination demands , LED uses less electricity than traditional ones. Second, LED has the longest lifetime than traditional lamps too. The average lifetime of the LED lighting product in the market can reach 50,000 hours or more now. LED can be used for 18 years when it was continuously turned on for 8 hours per day,. Saving electricity and reducing maintenance costs, LED lighting has become the best choice for gallery and museum.
Full spectrum, up to 98 CRI LED solution with the wavelength span from 380 nm to 780 nm.
Offer 60° beam angle LED which is super suitable for partial illumination.
Offer full range CCT options from 1800 K to 20000 K LED with high CRI to meet any specific requirement
Custom spectrum consulting, design and prototype manufacturing services.
Diverse options of LED packaging types, including typical 2835, 3030, 5730 packaging SMD and any other types of SMD and COB LED emitters.