Our consulting on lighting has several goals: protecting collections and furnishings from light damage, lowering energy usage, and, of course, making displays look good in ways appropriate to their setting. We typically recommend filtration of daylight coming through windows or skylights, and choose from a range of lighting systems fiber optic lighting, track lighting, or other kinds of fixtures as necessary. Within the last year or so we have been largely recommending LED bulbs to replace incandescent ones.
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Hasbrouck House, Huguenot Historical Society, New Paltz, NY: Design and installation of fiber optic lighting in newly opened historic house
Hyde Collection House, Glen Falls, NY: Design and installation of fiber optic lighting in historic houseÂ (See Case Study and Photos below)
LIGHTING CASE STUDY:
Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, NY
The following photographs show rooms in the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. After the mansion that houses the collection was turned into a museum following the death of its owner, additional lighting was added using track lighting. As part of a project to return the rooms to a state closer to their original domestic appearance, the track lighting was replaced. Light-colored woven window shades were replaced with bronze-tinted Plexiglas that filters 70% of the visible light and ultraviolet (UV) as well. New sheer curtains were hung over the Plexiglas, and new period-style draperies copied from original photographs were added at the sides of the windows. In the central court, which houses growing plants, as well as some period furniture, windows were covered with bronze-tinted Plexiglas that filters 50% of the visible light and some UV. The rooms in the house were then lit using a fiber optic system. System projectors were located in closets, and fibers were run in the ceilings to small lenses, most with attached mirrors, to direct the light onto furniture and paintings. Some paintings were illuminated with a type of picture light (called Academy) that uses low-wattage 12 volt lamps (bulbs) housed in traditional-looking hoods. The intent was to make the views out of the windows visible again, while eliminating the windows as sources of illumination and glare and making the collection easier to view.
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