The purpose of this document is to enhance the decision-making process by providing specific standards for satisfying the special requirements of museums and art galleries. Updated information is included on the current lighting technology since 1996. 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, 10th ed.
Recognized by the IES 2017 Progress Report as a unique and significant advancement to the art and science of lighting.
Softcover or Secure PDF: 141 pages
Publisher: Illuminating Engineering Society (2017)
Dimensions: 8½” x 11″