Lighting the National Gallery

April 19 2011

Image of Lighting the National Gallery

Picture: National Gallery; 'Interior of Room 32' by G. Gabrielli

The National Gallery is switching to LED lighting. They say:

As it did 20 years ago with the introduction of a new balanced warm and cool tungsten illumination, the National Gallery, London, is once again proving itself a leader in the area of lighting systems for galleries. Over the next two years, LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting will be installed throughout the Gallery, which will significantly reduce its carbon emissions and improve the quality of light in the picture galleries.

More details here.

Personally, I'm a sucker for daylight, and lots of it (as above). The best gallery in this respect is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels. I was glad to see the other day that the Wallace Collection will be introducing more daylight in their refurbishment of the Great Gallery. The original roof had been filled in during the 1970s, when they installed air conditioning. 

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