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Assessing the impact of LED lighting on pigments and paper in collections
Solid-State Lighting systems, most commonly known as Light Emitting Diodes (LED), are steadily finding application in an increasing number of museum and heritage institutions, providing energy efficient solutions for collection display. With LED lighting technology still in its infancy there can be large differences in properties between lighting systems, which may pose problem for collections management and display. The large outlay of money required for the migration of English Heritage’s current tungsten halogen lighting systems to LED systems necessitates that these are fit for purpose and not likely to increase damage to fragile materials. This research project will consist of a twelve-month accelerated ageing study to assess the effects of Solid-State lighting on the stability of a number of artists’ pigments and paper. This will be a comparative study focusing on four different lighting environments and three pigment/binder compositions, in addition to representative paper samples used for watercolours.
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