Why LED Track Lighting is Suitable for Museum and Art Gallery Lighting
Track lighting itself is an art, it requires great creativity and imagination to arrange the lights in such a way that it gives the surroundings, and environs a sleek and glamorous look! Thus, track lighting for galleries is a big challenge, unlike lighting for homes, commercial purposes, to some extent- visitors of the gallery are meticulous about the finer points of art, and as such poor lighting may impact the presentation of art negatively and bring the gallery image to disrepute. Well, technology now offers improved varieties of LED track lighting for the benefit of museums, art galleries, and retail stores especially!
The LED technology is not new, but their effectiveness of use in museums and galleries has been discovered and improved only recently. The curators of art galleries, museums have always faced the challenge of lighting, as improper lighting can destroy art. Some artwork is sensitive to lighting; curators faced the challenge of preserving the artwork under their supervision.
The artworks that have Mineral base – surfaces and pigments- can better withstand illumination and lighting than the ones that have an organic base of surfaces and pigments. This demands that the supervisors plan what objects to be displayed, for how long, and using the amount of illumination, etc. In addition, with continuous lighting some colors of the art may start to deteriorate over time. Intensity of light plays an important role in such cases, and intensity needs to be uniform at all times.
The regular incandescent lights we use for domestic purposes or the high bay lighting for commercial purposes, emit lot of Ultra Violet rays which can have a damaging effect on the art pieces; also these lights have a pronounced yellow hue, requiring some color filter installation to negate that effect on art work. Well, all this results in an increased expenditure for the gallery.
Some of the benefits of using led track lighting for galleries are:
• The number one advantage of LED lighting is that it has a longer life span; a study reveals that keeping in time the working hours of an average museum LED track lighting can last for 17 long years, approximately 50,000 hours. A word of caution here is, using LEDs in enclosure with no scope for the heat to escape may cause their life span to cut short, on the other hand, if you use dimmers to reduce the illumination, these lights may last long. It also brings down the cost of maintenance goes down considerably for the galleries.
• The important feature of an LED is that they do not emit ultra-violet rays, but only contain small portions of infra-red rays; this makes sure that the art pieces do not require additional filters for protecting the color, pigments, etc.
• Environmental friendliness is one of the strong arguments in favor of LED lighting (lighting.about.com/od/LEDs/), many companies; galleries are installing LED track lighting to reduce the carbon foot-print. LED lights do not contain any other substances that are toxic in nature such as mercury, also these lights are recyclable!
• LED track lighting are easy to install almost anywhere you want, on walls, ceiling, rods, or beams.
With LED lighting you do not have to wait for the lights to turn on, as they light up faster than the incandescent lights that we use now. Thus, offering so many advantages both from a cost saving perspective, as well as adding value to the environs; LED track lighting is the technology for the future of lighting for the galleries!