Sustainable climate control and lighting

A Practical Guide for Sustainable Climate Control and Lighting in Museums and Galleries, May 2015 edition

This guide aims to assist the sector to make informed decisions around viable, economically and environmentally sustainable methods of exhibition practice and collections care by identifying appropriate technologies, products and systems.

It presents practical advice on common operational challenges in areas of lighting and climate control. Content is divided into four areas covering:

  • The museum/gallery environment;
  • Design considerations and methodologies;
  • Sustainable design strategies; and
  • Practical implementation.


Prepared by leading consultancy firms Steensen Varming and International Conservation Services, A Practical Guide for Sustainable Climate Control and Lighting in Museums and Galleries is informed by national and international theory and practice.

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A Case Study on Lighting for Museums and Galleries

The aim of this case study is to provide museums and galleries with a range of real-life examples to assist when upgrading or replacing their institution’s lighting systems. demonstrates a variety of options for different institutions, lighting situations and budgets. The case studies examine the practicalities, challenges and long-term benefits, addressing ‘What worked?’ ‘What are the energy savings?’ and ‘What learnings can be shared?’

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This Project is delivered by Museums & Galleries Queensland in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW, Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW and Regional Galleries Association of Queensland.

This Activity received funding from the Australian Government as a part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program and is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. 

The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.


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