Art galleries and museums are precious environments that provide fascinating objects and a look into the past. As museums and galleries protect our heritage and foster creativity, there is a vandal defacing these beautiful pieces of art and much more. No, we’re not talking about religious or political protesters, we’re talking about light.
Light Damage is Ruining Art
Most commonly when we think of light damage, we think of fading, although fading is the most visible form of damage. Light is a common cause of damage to many materials such as paper, cloth, leather, and photographs. Other than fading, light can cause damage to the physical and chemical structure of materials. While UV light is accused of most of the damage, the visible light is also harmful.
While on exhibit, proper care should be taken to protect collections from light damage. The primary factors of the intensity of light and the length of time the materials will be on display need to be considered. Most collections can be on display for up to four months at 50 to 150 lux, and show no damage. 50 lux is comparable lighting to a home living room in the evening. A standard office is around 400 lux, and direct sunlight is 30,000 lux.
For more light-sensitive materials such as photographs, leather, watercolors, textiles and prints, lower lighting levels are required. Materials without color can be exhibited at up to 150 lux, while others objects such as paper, wood, leather or other organic material should not be on permanent display.
Problems With Exhibition Lighting
While on display, collections are most vulnerable to light damage, and care should be taken to protect these items. Owners and managers of exhibits have all experienced the same problem when it comes to light damage to displays. Every year, there are billions of dollars in losses due to light damage to artifacts. It wasn’t long ago that this issue was difficult to prevent, and these damages seemed inevitable. Thanks to Monnit, this has changed.
The Monnit Solution
Monnit wireless sensors enable people to monitor and track various light conditions in any environment. With Monnit’s affordable remote monitoring solutions, it has become much easier to monitor the amount of light on the display. With the wireless sensors small size, it doesn’t distract from the items on display and there are no wires to run, so setup is simple. The iMonnit online monitoring solution allows your team to monitor the amount of light in the facility from anywhere, at any time.
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Why it Matters
All light is energy, which becomes destructive and creates chemical reactions that deteriorate collections in museums, archives, and libraries. Light can also damage photographic emulsions, bindings, inks, dyes, and pigments used in many archival materials.
Remote monitoring systems are still relatively new, so most exhibits don’t know about them, or just haven’t implemented them yet. As a result, you have the unique opportunity to enhance your competitive advantage and become a leader in your industry by preserving these amazing pieces of art, and inspire more creativity for many generations to come.
The Monnit Remote Monitoring System is the most intuitive, reliable, and cost-effective solution on the market. For more information, visit our website.
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– Cameron L., Service Supervisor