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 history of an ancient antique and experience the elegance of a famous painting. All of these perceptions are not coming from the light itself, but the feelings are interrelated with the light. Because of the light, the beauty is showcased. When the lights are turned off, nothing can be felt.
Improper lighting always creates a poor exhibit experience for the visitors. Whether for a museum or an art gallery, it is important to increase well-known collections, but also important to optimize the lighting conditions and enhance the viewing experience so that the audience can enjoy art and culture at it's fullest potential.
What must we consider in 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, the most important factor is the color reproduction of the illumination source (we primarily use “CRI”). The high CRI light source can accurately reproduce the colors, making the appearance of the artwork more vivid and conveying the best artistic experience. However, high CRI LEDs are promoted in the market as just a high value of Ra. This is not sufficient evidence proving high light quality. The best scientific way to distinguish the quality of the lighting is to evaluate the light on spectral level.
Photochemical damage (fading) and photomechanical damage (structural damage) will be caused by artificial lighting. The best solution for preservation is to refrain from placing art, specifically antiques, under direct light where they are overexposed. Unfortunately, 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 provide the best experience to their visitors, but also consider how to maintain the best experience for as long as possible. We hope our next generation will have the opportunity to appreciate the art and history we have now. Therefore, proper “preservation” is also an important factor to consider in lighting design.
In terms of the best representation, a traditional Incandescent light source might be the best choice since the closest spectral shape to the natural light. The colors of the art can be accurately reproduced. However, a large amount of heat will radiate when the light comes out. The heat radiation will accelerate fading of the painting and other colored artifacts. So, incandescent light is actually the worst choice for preservation.
LED lighting technology is the best alternative light source in this respect. LED almost emits zero 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 majority 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 presently. To achieve the same illumination demands, LED uses less electricity than traditional ones. Second, LED offers longer lifetime compared to traditional light sources. The average lifetime of the LED lighting product in the market can reach 50,000 hours or more. LED can be used for up to 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.