Museum Lighting

Have you ever thought about the huge variety in museums? Some may be specialized, such as those devoted to trains or sea life, while others cover a wider spectrum, like the entire biological history of our planet. Whatever a museum’s content, it’s safe to say that the sizes of the items will all be different, and each will need its own lighting layout, design and advice. One thing is certain: the lighting installed in a gallery space has a huge effect on any collection being displayed.

Light Fitting Types: Colours, Lumens and Beam Angles

Most people visit a museum to be educated or simply to look at objects they find interesting. The museum’s role is to provide its visitors with professional, well-displayed items that meet visitors’ expectations and needs, which requires knowing how to display each item properly. To provide the best possible experience, the museum must use light fittings of the right types, colours, lumens, and beam angles.

To illuminate small areas and glass cabinets, a good option is to use very small spotlights. These usually have narrow beam angles to pinpoint the item being displayed. The lighting should be designed and installed to allow objects to stand out while keeping glare to a minimum.

Track Lighting For Museums

Track lighting is often used for display tables and larger items, configured for wall washing to give you even illumination across a larger area. Track heads and lighting products of 20W, 30W and even 40W can be used in these situations, most commonly to cover items on display from all angles.

Both cool and warm colours are used in museums, depending on the exhibit; this right tone can help bring the room to life and give it a more realistic feeling. Let’s say, for example, that there is an area of a natural history museum where sea creatures are being shown. In this case, a cooler colour might be a good option, to simulate the light you would experience in a sea environment. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) also has a big effect on the colours that are displayed and how they appear. LED lights are the closest to standard daylight, which makes them the best option for museum item display.

How LED World Can Help: Lighting Plans, Reflected Ceiling Plans and Lighting Schedules

The correct lighting design is crucial for museums due to the impact that lighting has on how visitors experience the space. But knowing how to design for the best effect is not always easy. Professional help from real experts is a good idea to consider before taking action. LED World has been in business for years and has specialised experience with gallery spaces and museums.

Consulting with LED World is always easy and enjoyable. The process usually begins by sending a floor plan from the designers of the museum to work out where the displays will be placed, and to see if any changes are needed. After that, a 2D or 3D design of the space is created, showing where the lights should appear on the lighting schedule layout. Two easy steps are all you need for professional museum lighting; we can get you set up in no time.

Call LED World on (02) 8091 2950 for a free 15 minute chat about museum lighting design.

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