LEUKOS Call for PapersLEUKOS, the journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Special Issue: Museum Lighting


 Guest Editors: Christopher Cuttle (Independent Consultant) kit.cuttle@xtra.co.nz, Anya Hurlbert (Newcastle University) anya.hurlbert@ncl.ac.uk

Editor-in-Chief: Kevin Houser (Penn State University) khouser@ies.org


Museum lighting is at a pivotal moment, with solid-state lighting (SSL) promising to transform the illumination and display of art. With the aim of promoting cutting-edge technologies, design practices, and research methodologies, we are now preparing a special issue for LEUKOS titled “Museum Lighting.” Since this topic is applied and multidisciplinary, submissions are welcomed from numerous fields, including engineering, architecture, vision science, psychophysics, psychology, conservation science, physics, and chemistry. Among the topics of interest are:

  • The application of light-emitting diodes (LED) to the illumination of artwork, including assessments of how their salient technical characteristics (e.g., compact size, long life, low UV, low IR) are relevant to museum lighting applications.
  • The challenges and opportunities associated with the ability to control the spectral power distribution (SPD) of LED products, including how spectral tuning affects visual perception of artworks and physical deterioration of artwork materials.
  • Color rendition and appearance, including color naturalness, color contrast and discriminability, image quality, color gamut, color preference, and all other perceptual phenomena that relate to the visual effects of the interaction of light with objects.
  • Design and technical aspects of lighting in in museum settings, including the relationships between lighting design decisions and conservation.
  • Rigorous psychophysical and perceptual studies that report on lighting perception and preference for the display of artwork, including human non-visual responses to lighting.
  • Digital control of LED lighting products, including how spectral and intensity control strategies of LED lighting, and daylighting control strategies, may support conservation of artwork and reduce energy use.
  • Reviews that would appropriately summarize and organize material and would be helpful to people not already versed in techniques or technologies for the display of art.

We require that every manuscript be of high scientific quality and clearly written in professional English. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. As with all manuscripts published in LEUKOS, the selection process will be based on a double-blind peer review.

Publication of the special issue is a follow-up to the 1st International Museum Lighting Symposium and Workshops, to be held September 11 – 12, 2017 at University College London. Authors that have presented at the conference are encouraged also to submit a full manuscript to LEUKOS for consideration for this special issue. Participation in the conference is not a requirement for submission to this LEUKOS special issue.

If you would like preliminary comments about suitability of a topic that you are considering for this special issue, then please send a tentative title and abstract to: khouser@ies.org.

Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2018.

The submission website for LEUKOS is located at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/leukos. Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript.

To ensure that your manuscript is correctly identified for inclusion in the special issue, please select “Special Issue: Museum Lighting” when reaching the “Is this manuscript a candidate for a special issue?” step in the submission process.