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The Power of Good Museum Light

The Power of Good Museum Light

Fascinating artifacts, informative displays, and engaging storytelling can all help to create an enjoyable museum visit, but lighting is a key and often overlooked element in making it a truly memorable experience. Great museum lighting helps visitors navigate the space easily, and gives sufficient illumination to displays, information boards, and signs. But lighting doesn’t only play a functional role, it can also create drama, excitement, and ambience to transport the visitor to another time and place. 

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With so many types of items on display in a museum, lighting solutions need to be able to adapt to everything from paintings on the wall to items on plinths, tiny pieces in glass cabinets to large-scale sculptures, or even parts of ancient buildings. Displays may also change regularly as new finds are added or taken out of storage, or visiting exhibitions are hosted.

 

When deciding on museum lighting fixtures, the best place to start is with installation of a track lighting system. Whatever the age, size or style of building, museum track lighting can be customized to your requirements. Pieces of track in meter lengths can be joined together to create continuous circuits, longer runs, T-junctions or L-shapes. Track can be suspended if ceilings are high and light needs to be brought closer to the ground level, or attached directly to the ceiling surface.


Once the track itself is in place, it’s time to add the track lighting fixtures. Again, flexibility is key and we recommend opting for fixtures with an adjustable beam angle such as those in Banno Lighting’s L’Art range. A dial on our L’Art Zoom fitting allows the beam angle to be changed from 10 degrees to 90 degrees, and an additional filter pack can be purchased to increase the available options. Our top of the range L’Art Deluxe is supplied with 14 lenses to give you a wealth of options, and the L’Art Multi fixture has a range of lenses including wall wash, spots and circles, which simply clip in and out in seconds. 

 

Track lighting is a great way to provide museum lighting for paintings or other wall-mounted items, for a general wash of lighting and for creating ambience. If there are items in cabinets, these can require other types of museum display lighting. Small items in waist-height glass cabinets, for example, are tricky to light from above.


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Banno Lighting’s range includes mini track lights, designed to be placed within cabinets to provide specific and targeted illumination that can really show off the detail of smaller items. They are available in 2W or 4W versions, in a black or silver finish, and offer many of the same benefits of full-size track lights. 


The body of the 2W light is just 25mm long and 22.5mm in diameter, and the 4W light has a 40.5mm long body and a diameter of 28mm. Both can be rotated and angled up or down to place light where needed, and the beam angle can be adjusted between 8 and 60 degrees to cater to a wide variety of display items. 


As with regular track lights, the mini lights fix simply to a length of track. There are two types of track available, a standard square cut which can be fixed to the top, bottom or sides of a cabinet, or a pentagon cut which is designed to sit into a corner unobtrusively.


Whether it’s art museum lighting or a museum hosting a variety of exhibits, it’s important to choose lights with a high CRI value. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) value refers to how a light source affects how color is seen by the human eye. If the CRI value is low, colors will appear washed out and faded. A high CRI value will ensure colors are displayed at their truest and most vibrant, allowing the fine details of a piece to be appreciated.
 

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Ambience and storytelling are also crucial to a museum visit. Displays may be themed by period, event, or geographic location, and arranged to create a logical narrative flow. Lighting can support this narrative, with different levels of light adding interest and drama. Choosing dimmable fittings, such as those in our L’Art range, makes it simple to adjust lighting for each individual exhibit, theme, or for special events such as late night openings or talks.


The color temperature of lighting is another factor that impacts the ambience and how a space feels. A fixture with a cool white color temperature produces a more blue light, closer to natural daylight. It aids focus and concentration and is often used in high-turnover spaces such as supermarkets and fast-food outlets. A warm white color temperature around 3000K, on the other hand, is a softer light, closer to candlelight. It creates a more relaxed and inviting ambience, encouraging visitors to linger.

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LEDs are the logical choice for museum lighting not only because they give control over factors such as color temperature and CRI, but also because they’re long-lasting and energy-efficient which reduces overheads and the need for maintenance. They produce very little heat, which is vital in a temperature-controlled environment such as in a display cabinet. Crucially, LEDs also don’t contain UV, so they won’t cause damage to sensitive exhibits. 


Banno Lighting are experts in designing museum lighting solutions, so get in touch and see how we can help.


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Banno Lighting is located in Brooklyn, NYC. We are a small family owned business who specialize in Art Gallery Lighting.

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Banno Lighting

172 Suydam St Unit 4 R Brooklyn, New York, 11221

(347) 308 6016

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172 Suydam St Unit 4 R Brooklyn, New York, 11221

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