Wallace Collection
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Wallace Collection

Gallery 4 of this prestigious London collection was reopened to the public in 1997 after extensive refurbishment to restore many lost historical features and decoration. This allowed us the opportunity to introduce modern lighting systems and lighting controls.

The ceiling of this listed building has had a new central dropped ceiling inserted with appropriate historic detailing to match the existing cornice. Around the perimeter of this lowered ceiling circular spaces have been provided in the decoration that can be opened to allow spot lights within to light pictures and furniture discreetly.

We have designed the lighting system to be fully adjustable and sophisticated enough to provide just 50 Lux for the delicate furniture textiles, with 150 Lux average on the paintings above. The lights are positioned to minimise reflections on the paintings. Some of the spotlights provide blue filtered ‘daylight’ for use during the day with other unfiltered lights coming on in the evenings.

Controls

We provided manual scene-set control panels and programming points in a door recess between galleries 4 & 5. In addition infrared hand controllers were provided for the room attendants to carry. This allows the lighting setting to be adjusted to prevailing daylight and sunlight conditions during the day. We also programmed scenes for special events, for evening use and for a reduced level ‘cleaners’ settings for use out of hours.

Cases

We designed special fibre-optic lighting systems for the magnificent new mirror-backed porcelain cases shown in this photograph. One system is concealed in the top-front and top-back of the case. Another system is integrated into the vertical supports between the doors. Even with the mirror backs little of the lighting equipment is visible.

Grand staircase

During an earlier phase of the project in 1995 we worked alongside Bickerdike Allen Partners and the architects Purcell Miller Tritton on the re-lighting of the grand staircase and gallery 5. On the staircase spotlights had to be carefully positioned to light the large paintings around the staircase without causing dazzle to those coming up the stairs or reflections to those viewing the paintings. These spotlights also had to be safely accessible for re-lamping from the landings. Side emitting fibre-optic cables were carried around the shallow cornice to put light up into the roof light in the evenings.

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