The purpose of [IES RP-30 Recommended Practice for Museum Lighting] is to enhance the decision-making process by providing specific standards for satisfying the special requirements of museums and art galleries. While this document is intended primarily for lighting designers, other decision makers—such as the museum administrator, curator, conservator, and exhibit designer—can use it to improve understanding and communication throughout the exhibition process. The more the exhibition team understands both the aesthetic lighting design rules of thumb and general conservation techniques, the better will be the final presentation.
Exhibition lighting is the focus of this document, through information relating to other museum and art gallery applications is also addressed. Lighting design guidance for museum shops, restaurants, and office spaces is provided in other IES Recommended Practice publications and in The Lighting Handbook, the IES flagship publicationThe macro-trend in museum illumination (either as part of a new museum or renovated square-footage in an existing museum) is the replacement of legacy luminaires with LED luminairies. The installation of related controls can so complicated that the signals have to be managed off-site because no one on site can be trained well enough to operate them in the museum itself. This contributes to higher #TotalCostofOwnership because intervening firmware must be built and maintained. A story for another post. December 18th. In any case, we keep our doors open every day at 11 AM for informal discussion on this or any other standard. (Use the login credentials at the top right of our homepage). Issue: [16-129] Category: Electrical, Architectural, #SmartCampus, Academics, Arts & Entertainment Facilities Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Kane Howard LEARN MORE: