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LED Lighting in Museums

It’s hard to find a lighting application with aesthetic standards higher than those of museums, where success depends upon showing the artifacts and works of art in the best possible light – literally speaking. The bottom line is that solid-state lighting per se poses no special danger to artwork and artifacts, and has progressed to the point where it can compete with incumbent lighting even in applications where aesthetics are at a premium. But that doesn’t mean it’s a slam-dunk, or that it’s a matter of buying any lighting product that contains LEDs and expecting good results. There’s a wide performance range among the LED lighting products on the market, which means you have to do your homework and test, test, test – and even then, some issues are likely to emerge.

 2012 Demonstration of LED Retrofit Lamps - Smithsonian