Connecting to Collections Care: How to Change a Lightbulb: LED Lighting for Museums


11/21/2019 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
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Scott Rosenfeld?


The introduction of LEDs, and the subsequent phasing out of some incandescent lights, are forcing many museums to reevaluate how to light their collections. Thankfully LEDs can do a great job while saving energy and providing access to new and fantastic capabilities.

This webinar will demonstrate how light-emitting diodes (LEDs) emit light, describe methods for assessing the qualities of light and provide examples of how good lighting design can help provide a dynamic visitor experience while minimizing light’s harmful impact on collections. The talk will be richly illustrated with examples from exhibits at Smithsonian American Art Museums and include information that ranges from simple retrofits to advanced control systems.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Describe the similarities and differences between LED, incandescent and fluorescent light.
  • Discuss how to how to balance the display and preservation of art when using LED lighting.
  • Show how to access light and get started on choosing among different lighting systems.
  • Demonstrate how good light, and great collections, can create and inspire wonder.

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