Chapter 12: Illumination for Storage Areas

Paul Himmelstein, Appelbaum & Himmelstein LLC, 444 Central Park West, New York, NY 10025; Steven Weintraub, Art Preservation Services, 44-02 23rd Street, Suite 102, Long Island City, NY  11101-5027; Scott Rosenfeld, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 800 G Street NW, Washington, DC  20001

The special requirements for illumination in collection storage areas are discussed. The
four factors that determine the level of photochemical damage – susceptibility of various
materials, intensity of irradiance, duration of exposure, spectral power distribution – are
described. Specific recommendations for lamps, fixtures and placement are given.
Special considerations for open or “visible” storage are included.

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