Planning light with ERCO


Digital light for museums, galleries and other exhibition spaces

Museums attract attention and can alter the perception of whole regions – the best example is the deconstructionist author-architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or the open architecture of the Louvre-Lens embedded in its surroundings. But even smaller galleries and unusual exhibition concepts can open the doors to the world of art. Be it the presentation of modern art in the classic “White Cube” or the interactive exhibition experience revolving around ancient Egypt – few design media direct the attention in exhibitions as precisely and intuitively as light. More than just illuminating art, the exhibition venues themselves are presented in the appropriate light as social meeting points.

Worldwide ERCO projects in the sector Culture

  • ERCO projects in the Light Scout
  • Projects illuminated by ERCO

ERCO illuminates over 12800 museums and galleries worldwide. Curators and gallery owners opt for ERCO’s lighting tools and expertise to ensure professional lighting for their exhibits.

Tips for lighting design

Effectively staging artwork and scientific
objects in exhibitions, naturally in the best possible light, is defined as much by the core curatorial stipulations as by the cultural environment and the zeitgeist. Light determines the underlying mood in the room – objectively with bright and diffuse light or in evaluative terms using sharp contrasts. Accentuation and different lighting levels help to convey the content of a message by emphasising exhibits and visitor information, thereby establishing a relationship between them.
Light in museums must satisfy strict conservational criteria to preserve valuable objects – in the exhibition areas, but also in the adjoining workshops and archives. Lastly, and importantly, light structures the architecture itself, particularly through the medium of façade lighting, emphasising cultural facilities with their contours and structures as cultural attractions in an urban context.


Museums alter cities and regions

The design and construction of museums has developed into a showcase discipline of architecture. Projects such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao alter the perception of whole regions and, as a result, also their economic reality. Light not only makes art visible, it adds impressive scenography.


Presenting and preserving art

Collections with enormous material and ideal values need to be placed in the best possible light. The lighting technology has to successfully integrate the often contradictory demands of visitors and art conservationists regarding the protection of the exhibits.


Creating light signals for urban spaces

Holistic lighting concepts that also consider the external effect will transform museum buildings into nocturnal symbols of their respective locations. Glazed buildings that shine from the inside out attract attention in and to their environment.


Illuminating walls with artwork

Special lighting tools are required for illuminating vertical surfaces absolutely evenly. Especially in the area of wallwashers, ERCO offers an unparalleled wide selection of differentiated lighting instruments.


Accentuating points of interest with spotlights

High-quality spotlights provide accent lighting in museums. The criteria needed to ensure the quality of a scenic lighting installation are: the availability of different light intensity distribution characteristics, an extensive range of accessories and details such as lockable positioning.


LED technology for quality lighting and energy savings

The advantages of LED technology include excellent luminous efficacy, long life and a light spectrum without IR and UV radiation. Brilliant light and excellent colour rendition are further bonuses of efficient LED lighting.

Suitable lighting tools

Track systems with spotlights, floodlights and wallwashers deliver the primary toolbox for lighting design in museums and galleries. ERCO spotlights with different lens systems, such as the flexible Spherolit technology, provide exhibition organisers with the broadest possible scope for design, from the neutral presentation of objects through to dramatically accentuated enhancement. Mounting location, alignment, brightness and light distribution of the spotlights can be adjusted without tools to suit changing exhibition concepts.
For decades, ERCO has given focus to the perfect perception of art. Precise and highly efficient lens technology preserves the art while rendering it in brilliant colours using a light spectrum without IR and UV radiation.