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licht.wissen No. 18 "Good Lighting for Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions"

licht.wissen No. 18 "Good Lighting for Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions"

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Museums, galleries and exhibitions need artificial light in every room. The booklet No. 18 shows how rooms and objects are properly lighted up.
Museums, galleries and exhibitions need artificial light in every room. The booklet No. 18 shows how rooms and objects are properly lighted up.

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Published by: licht.de on Oct 04, 2010
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Fördergemeinschaft Gutes Licht
Good Lighting for Museums,Galleries and Exhibitions
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Cover photograph: Lighting creates visual experiences in any exhibition. Modulatingand accentuating the visual landscape, it enhances the impact of a presentation.Lighting is vital for spatial impression and enjoyment of art.
 Visual experiences1 The action of light2Exhibits in the limelight6Showcase lighting8Revolving exhibitions10Foyers, corridors, staircases12 Audiovisual media14Lecture room15Library16Study room17Cafeteria, museum shop18 Workplace lighting:office, workshop, storagefacilities 19Outdoor exhibits 20Night scenes21Daylight22Lighting management24 Vision, recognition, perception26Light protection30Maintenance33Lamps34Luminaires38Standards and literature42 Acknowledgements43Imprint44Information fromFördergemeinschaftGutes Licht45
Around 100 million people ayear visit Germany’s museumsto view, experience, admireand enjoy their exhibits. Thereare more than 6,000 such in-stitutions in total, with a widevariety of collections, a broadspectrum of specialisationsand presentation concepts thatrange from hands-on displaysfor an interactive experience toquiet retreats for silent contem-plation. What they all have incommon, however, is that theyseek to inspire the visitor.Whether the focus is art or sci-ence, technology or history, thepresentation needs to be ap-pealing, interesting and varied.And that is where lightingplays an important role: it cre-ates visual experiences in anyexhibition, it helps modulateand accentuate the visuallandscape, it enhances the im-pact of the items on display.The visual ambience must notcause fatigue. On the contrary,it should stimulate – but notconfuse. In large buildings, dif-ferentiated room design is alsoa requirement.
Light spaces
Lighting is vital for spatial im-pression and enjoyment of art.Different light colours andbeam spreads, different de-signs and arrangements ofluminaires and lamps createdifferent lighting situations –light spaces – designed tomeet the relevant needs of theexhibition.Special attention needs to bepaid to conservation require-ments. Light protection playsan important role in any exhi-bition room.There is more to a museumthan just what it displays; it isalso a place of research,where collections are stored,preserved and managed. Onlyin the right lighting can muse-um staff work effectively. Light-ing also draws attention to trip-ping hazards and reduces therisk of accidents. So althoughthe lighting designer has agreat deal of freedom in exhi-bition rooms, functional lightingmust always be provided.
 Visual experiences
Fig. 1: The graphic above showsa virtual museum: most of thespace is occupied by the exhibi-tion area (blue), followed by thegeneral public areas (red) and the rooms which serve as work  premises (orange). The outdoor area (green) is surrounded by the building.

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