The Museum of Somerset is housed in historic Taunton Castle, and tells the story of the county from prehistoric times right up to the present day. The museum has undergone a major redevelopment, and is the number one visitor attraction in the local area.
As specialists in museum and exhibition display lighting, UFO were chosen to supply and install lighting throughout. Our fiber optic lighting products using glass fiber and downlights were specially designed for museum, gallery and exhibition purposes, to provide safe, ultraviolet free lighting which won't harm the exhibits.
The ceiling panels of the display cases were fitted with our stainless steel recessed downlights, using secure spring mounting clips. These downlights are fully focusable, and can be tilted and rotated to illuminate the display objects. Since some artifacts require special lighting, downlights were also mounted in the base of the display units, allowing the light to be projected upwards.
Each downlight is linked to a strand of our end-lit glass fiber, which runs vertically to the base of the cabinet. Hidden in the base of the unit is one of our powerful tungsten halogen illuminators, which powers the lighting system. These can be easily accessed by museum staff when any maintenance is required.
These high precision downlights mean that curators can illuminate exhibits with great accuracy, allowing small details to be brought to life.
Images courtesy of Somerset Heritage Service SSC
Public Realm, Display Lighting
Illuminators: 100W Aurora & 75W Slimline tungsten halogen
Harnesses: 45 x end lit glass fiber harnesses with active diameters of 4mm & 4.5mm
End Fittings: 506 x UFO 11D adjustable downlights