Museum lighting has changed dramatically over the decades, in line with new thinking and developing technology.

In this issue of Museum Practice, Rebecca Atkinson looks at the rise of LED lighting and asks whether this can provide the museum and heritage sector with a long-term, low-energy solution to lighting. Meanwhile, lighting designer Stephen Cannon-Brookes looks at new approaches in predicting daylight levels using climate based daylight modelling.

There are also case studies from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of the Order of St John and the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. You can also share your views and experiences of LEDs and other lighting dilemmas in the Have Your Say forum.

Is now the time to invest in LED lighting?

LEDs are said to offer high-quality, energy-efficient lighting to museums. But is this relatively new technology up to scratch and when should museums jump on the bandwagon?

Have your say on lighting

Should museums invest in LED lighting? Does the energy-efficiency argument outweigh concerns about colour quality? Join the debate...

New advances in daylighting

Museums are taking a renewed interest in allowing natural light into galleries. Stephen Cannon-Brookes looks at advances in predicting daylight levels

Case study: daylighting

Stephen Cannon-Brookes explains how climate-based daylight modelling helped to facilitate the maximum use of daylight in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg

Case study: curatorial lighting

Lighting was used to challenge preconceptions of the dark ages in the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries

Case study: light-sensitive displays

The recently reopened Museum of the Order of St John used lighting specialists to create atmospheric galleries housing light-sensitive objects

Further resources: lighting

Links to other articles on lighting and to relevant external websites