||The damage potential of sunlight also applies to fluorescent lighting. These lights, although universally used, emit UV rays similar to sunlight and are capable of a similar level of damage over time. In any room where collectibles are displayed with fluorescent lighting, UV filters absolutely must be placed over the bulbs or severe fading can occur. These new UV-absorbing films have been developed using technology similar to that found in sunscreen and plastic eyeglass manufacturing. |
UV filters are not expensive, but they can be difficult to locate and are normally only available from museum supply companies. Contact a local museum for a list of museum suppliers and make the investment. If not, every time the lights are turned on, a valuable collection might as well be sitting on the front lawn.