‘Guiding lighting for culturel values’

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Lighting starts with the building outside, to create striking signals for urban spaces at night, to emphasise exhibits in the outdoor area, and to guide visitors into the museum using inviting pathway lighting.

Perfecting the enjoyment of art through visual comfort

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Lighting design is only one aspect to enhance the quality of the exhibition experience; another is the level of visual comfort of the lighting. A correct luminaire arrangement ensures uniform illumination of the artwork without shadows being cast on the picture as the observer stands in front of it. Narrow beams of light and a shielded front lens minimise direct glare on the way through the exhibition.

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Using light beams to accentuate pictures in the room

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Individual illumination of pictures in museums using narrow beams of light creates a dramatic atmosphere. The intense contrast between bright and dark regions assigns the role of protagonists in the exhibition scenography to these exhibits.

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Using light beams to accentuate pictures in the room

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The curator’s decision in favour of a specific exhibition concept provides guidelines for the lighting concept. The scope of options ranges from uniform illumination all the way to sharp contrasts through accent lighting and dynamic light sequences.

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Correctly positioning luminaires

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When illuminating paintings and sculptures, the optimum angle of incidence of the light is 30°. Any larger distance to the object would create a problem in that the observer standing in front of the object would cast a shadow on it.

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Restricting the light beam to the size of the painting

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Paintings appear to be self-illuminating if the beam of light is restricted precisely to illuminate the exhibit. The resulting concentrated and mysterious atmosphere stands in contrast to the darker room.

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The beams can be adjusted to the precise size using framing attachments on a projector spotlight.