JAIC 1993, Volume 32, Number 3, Article 6 (pp. 279 to 290)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 1993, Volume 32, Number 3, Article 6 (pp. 279 to 290)

LIGHT PIPING: A NEW LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR MUSEUM CASES

CATHERINE SEASE


ABSTRACT—Utilizing the new technology of prismatic film, Field Museum has devised a system for illuminating exhibit cases. The light piping system has many advantages over traditional lighting systems. As the lighting fixture is not located inside the case, there is much less heat buildup, and the contents of the case are not disturbed when fixtures or light bulbs need maintenance or changing. The light piping system provides exhibit designers with greater flexibility while safeguarding the preservation of the collections on display.

Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. PRISMATIC FILM
3. THE LIGHT PIPING ILLUMINATOR
4. PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
5. APPLICATION OF THE LIGHT PIPING ILLUMINATORS
6. CONCLUSIONS
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