The advantages of color tunable lamps are also apparent in the Art Institute’s modern and contemporary galleries. See the images below for the range of options available with color tuning and wall wash lighting.
Kerri, alongside the Curators and Conservators, ultimately decided to keep object lighting at 2,850K to keep the warm tones on the photographs and wall wash lighting at 3,000K so the high ceilings above the art aren’t completely bare. These settings are consistent with what donors and Curators preferred based on their previous history with the warmth of a halogen source. These settings are now consistently used at similar installations throughout the museum.
At the time of study, The Art Institute of Chicago was the first museum to ever use color tunable lighting on their art collections. Since its initial, small-scale adoption of color tunable lamps in 2015, the Art Institute has now installed over 6,000 color tunable lamps throughout the museum. From lighting sculptures, to modern photography, to ancient altarpieces, the Art Institute of Chicago’s color tunable lighting has allowed them to play with new possibilities, while still ensuring the highest standard of preservation.