Our exclusive partner Luxam manufactures lighting for museum exhibits and interiors. Fiber optic and groundbreaking hybrid fiber/LED systems offer both excellent conservation and stunning display of artefacts.
Luxam also produces custom LED fixtures for linear lighting as well as interactive displays. Their product range will continue to expand as the potential of this light medium is developed.
Hybrid fiber optic and LED lighting for museums.
Combining the best of both lighting systems, Luxam has created an exciting range of possibilities for museum exhibits in display cases.
Fiber optics has long been the first choice for museums concerned about conservation of sensitive and fragile artefacts. The benefits of using a fiber system include :
- Sustainability – the lifespan of fiber optics can last over twenty years.
- Security – the fibers are embedded in the case design and do not require opening the display space for servicing, or lamp changes.
- Safety – All electrical connection are outside the case environment.
- Humidity – power consumption is low and heat is excluded from the interior of trhe case.
- Control – fixtures can be adjusted individually and multiple light levels in the same case can be adjusted with a single controller.
The use of LED lighting is still relatively new in museums. It is an emerging technology that, until recently, museums have been slow to adopt due to concerns over consistency of color and the incompatibility between old and new equipment. LEDs also introduce electricity to the interior of cases, although usually at low voltage.
However, LED lights have many advantages, including:
- Long life (40,000+ hours)
- Low energy consumption
- Low heat in the beam
- Little or no UV
- Control of functions by electronic protocols (DMX, Dali) allowing for remote diming and diming without color shift.
Luxam has combined the best of both worlds to create hybrid systems. They use fiber optics in the interior of cases and LED lights outside. The resulting systems satisfy conservation concerns whilst offering brilliant modern display lighting. These hybrid systems overcome the old dilemma of display v conservation, opening up new possibilities for museum lighting.
LED lighting is a new technology, and many advances are expected within the next few years. This means that, in a world dominated by budgets and expectations of ten year life spans, obsolesce could be a concern. However, by using remote LED illuminators, Luxam has found a way to make all the technology readily accessible without disturbing the light delivery system within the display.
Luxam has created a system which will be compatible the newest LED components as they become available thus making upgrades simple and future proofing display cases to ensure they perform brilliantly for years to come.