LED In The Museum

Rembrandt knows everyone and “the night watch”. The famous work of the Dutch master hangs in the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam – and is reflected in the truest sense of the word in a whole new light. The Museum is now completely illuminated with LED lamps by Philips after the comprehensive renovation work of the last ten years.

A three quarter of a million LEDs ensures that the valuable exhibits are newly used in scene. A total 7,500 works of art from several centuries are.

The light of the LED lighting solutions creates effects and contrasts on the exhibits, which correspond to the natural light that a provides for the best possible presentation of works of art, on the other hand excludes the damage by ultraviolet light.

With more than 9,500 square meters the Rijksmuseum has the biggest ever with LED illuminated exhibition space. The areas outside the exhibition, such as the Museum Shop, the central common rooms, the restaurant, the outdoor areas the building façade are illuminated with LED lights.

“We are very proud to work with in this extensive renovation and modernisation at the Rijksmuseum,” says Rogier van der Heide, Chief design officer and Vice President at Philips Lights. “The lighting solutions are the result of close cooperation with the Rijksmuseum and the architect of our knowledge about the art and science of lighting was used to produce a quality of light that in scene correctly each masterpiece and faithfully reflects in fact every detail.”

In the implementation of the lighting concept Philips worked closely Wilmotte & Associés and Cruz y Ortiz with the employees of the Museum and the Museum architects. Also, it cooperated closely with the Rijksgebouwendienst (attached to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Affairs of the Kingdom of State Building Authority, the building owner) to implement plans for the exterior of the building.

The experience and the conservation of works of art are in the first place
The lighting of every single work of art was adjusted individually and aligned to bring their unique features detail to bear. Tim Zeedijk, exhibition Director at the Rijksmuseum, describes the reasons for the decision for the LED lighting: “In the Centre were two aspects – the visitor experience at the Museum and the conservation of our art.

We chose us first of all due to the quality of the light, and secondly because of the colour rendition of LED light, which is very close to natural light, LED lighting. This allows us, the art in the best possible light to present, which can be all colors and details emerge that wanted to let the artists see the Viewer. The light emphasises the contrasts and the relief-like structure of the painting. As more details become visible for example in works by Rembrandt by LED lighting.”

“A key advantage of the new generation of LED lighting is”, said Tim Zeedijk, “that it emits virtually no heat and the artworks of any damaging ultraviolet radiation are exposed, such as sunlight or Halogen lighting. The exhibits are better protected. In addition, LEDs have a longer service life and require less maintenance than halogen lamps are frequently used in museums. In addition, easy handling of lighting our curators was important. “Philips offers us a solution with which we can single luminaires using an iPads simply dimming – such solutions are essential for the dynamic Rijksmuseum.

The Philips LED solutions give a uniform light that don’t damage the artworks and the international requirements for the preservation of art erf falls. Natural white light shows colors with all their details, whether now green / blue tones or red / yellow tones, and makes artworks perceive in high resolution.

The new LED lighting in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum illuminated works of art dating back to the middle ages. A total 7,500 works of art from several centuries are illuminated. Philips Lighting solution consists of a three quarter of a million LEDs and covers 3,800 LED spots, more than 1.8 km LED ceiling lighting and a modern LED – lighting control system, which can be accessed by the Museum staff about a mobile, web-based control.