Under the Magnifying Glass

In the 30-foot-tall Grand Salon in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, LEDs replaced 30 percent of the incandescent lamps.

PAR30 and MR16 retrofit LEDs illuminate the early Modernism gallery in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The results are “fabulous,” says the museum's lighting specialist, Scott Rosenfeld.

For 26 weeks, Getty Conservation Institute senior scientist Jim Druzik monitored the prints in the “In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-Century Photography” exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum for potential degradation under LED lamps (above). Druzik and Canadian Conservation Institute senior conservation scientist Stefan Michalski recently published Guidelines for Selecting Solid-State Lighting for Museums (available here). To date, Druzik has received more than 330 requests for the document.

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