Lighting level and direction play a key role in showcasing objects.
Making the artefact the centre of attention should be the key aim of all museum lighting. Highlighting plays a vital role in drawing out an object’s natural beauty and bringing it to life before the visitor’s eyes. The use of directed light gives deep contrast between light and dark on the exhibit and, if complimented by a lower intensity light, the level of contrast can be managed to maximum effect. By using a mix of higher and lower intensity point light sources, the surface of an exhibit, as well as its shape and texture can be enhanced, bringing out its natural resonance and brilliance.
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Fixed downlights are largely used for general lighting within a space, whilst adjustable downlights or spotlights provide down/side lighting. These are commonly used to accent window displays, highlight pictures and sculptures or changing displays.