Museum Lighting Design Services

Have you ever thought about the importance of lighting? When you step into a room I can ensure you that the way it’s been lit up is going to have a huge impact on how you feel about it, even though you might not even realize it’s because of the illumination at first. One place where lighting might be extra important is at a museum where certain items need to catch people’s attention and create a certain atmosphere in the room in order to reflect what’s on display.

Lighting Up Items

Lighting Up Small Items:

In order to optimize the look of each individual item at a museum, you need to know the different ways of illuminating them. It can differ a lot depending on size, colour, range and so on. If you for example you are looking to display a variety of smaller items in a cabinet or on a table your best option would be to pinpoint the items in order to make them stand out. Very small spotlight can be used for this.

Lighting Up Bigger Displays and Glare:

These usually have narrow beam angles bringing the chosen object a very concentrated focus. The point is to create enough light to make things stand out while controlling the glare, which is why these spots should have great glare control in order to achieve this. This is easiest done by using LED lights. In other areas, you may want to use flood lighting. These lights come in perfect use for bigger areas where you want to display something like a whole wall or a collection of items together.

Colour Rendering

Something else that plays a major role in the science of lighting is the CRI (Color Rendering Index). When lighting up a Museum you want to make sure you bring out the true value of the colours in each object. By using lights with a high CRI you will get as close to standardized daylight as possible and the items will be displayed without distracting glares or in poor colours.

Once you have got the CRI and the fixtures under control you want to give the dimming some thought. Think about what kind of mood you would like to create for certain areas or items. You may for example want to dim the light more in one section to create a dramatic feeling, while in another area you want to display the items as clear as possible as it for example happens to be a key item of an exhibition.

Last but not least you will need to keep in mind that a lot of museums don’t always have the same items on display as they may change their exhibitions from time by time, or have shorter events on. In this case, make sure your lighting system got a certain flexibility to it so it’s easy to adjust for the next presentation. Track Lighting fixture are great for this as you can move the spots around on the track.

The Role of the Lighting Consultation Designing Museums

When it comes to this kind of lighting designs it may not always be clear to everyone what to use where and when. That’s where professional lighting consultants have an important role. If you’re unsure about your project or even if you just want it confirmed that you have chosen the right lights and fixtures, it’s always beneficial to contact someone who’s got all the expertise you need before taking your project to the action stage.

Another thing that you would want to consider is who you consult with. Make sure to contact real experts, who’ve got a long history in the field and really know what they’re talking about. LED Word is a great example of real experts who first of all has been in the business for years and are also specialized in this particular field of lighting.

The process is easy and starts with a quick chat on the phone about what you want to achieve. The quick chat can be 15 minutes of free time spend with LED World’s Lighting Consultant Simon on the phone or via email. This is done in order to get the basics of the work cleared out and includes discussions about things like displays, floor layout, lead time and deadline, budget, light fitting options and lighting plans (2D or 3D layouts). When that is done the project is ready to get going.

Lighting Supply and Fittings for Museums:

Not everyone has a huge budget like the national galleries and museums. Another great thing about why LED World would be the ideal experts to help you, in this case, is because of the fact that they can cater to both markets.

They have the high-end range that requires top standard, but also the more basic range for those with a tight budget still looking for quality fixtures and getting the job done in a professional manner. They most often keep stock of most products so the lead time can be quickly and easily delivered anywhere in Australia within a few days. The products have very specific beam angles, dimming options, aesthetic design, are environmentally friendly and cheap to run, all specially designed for museums.

Give LED World a call on (02) 8091 2950 to have a free 15-minute phone consultation or Email [email protected]

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