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Conservation of Cultural Heritage - Guidelines and procedures for choosing appropriate lighting for indoor exhibitions

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CEN/TC 346 Conservation of Cultural Heritage

European Norm

97.195   Items of art and handicrafts. Cultural property and heritage


This European standard defines the procedures as well as the means to implement adequate lighting, with regard to the exhibition lighting and the conservation policy. This also includes security and cleaning lighting. It takes visual, exhibition and conservation aspects into account and it also discusses the implications of the lighting design on the safeguarding of cultural heritage. This document gives recommendations on luminous exposure values. It aims to provide a tool for setting up a common European policy and a guide to help curators, conservators and project managers to assess the correct lighting that can ensure the safeguarding of the objects. This European standard covers indoor lighting for heritage objects on exhibition in both public and private sites and does not consider lighting in other cultural heritage contexts such as open-air collections, etc.

This document does not cover back of house activities such as conservation-restoration, storage, emergency lighting and research.

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CEN/TS 16163:2014


prEN 16163
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