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Which light bulbs in your home will cause your artwork to fade?

July 20, 2016


It's well known that direct natural daylight will fade your valuable artwork. What many of us don't consider is that some light bulbs are known to accelerate the fading process. How do you know which light bulbs will fade your valuable artwork? Let's discuss.


The fading of artwork depends on the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light a light bulb produces. Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs produce UV light and contribute to the fading process.


What is the answer to the  problem? The answer is to adorn your home with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Pictured here are the three types of LED bulbs we purchased at Loews recently. We bought bulbs for our table lamps, recessed ceiling lights, and desk lamps. The LED bulb prices were slightly more expensive than the incandescent bulbs we typically purchase.


Why did we decide to make the switch? We read that the visual effects were similar to incandescent bulbs, they are more energy efficient, and they have a longer lifetime. The most important reason was that it was clear to us that we need to invest in protecting the artwork in our art studio and throughout our home from the fading process.


So, remember to ensure your artwork isn't in direct natural daylight and replace your bulbs with LED bulbs. Preserve your artwork for a lifetime.




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