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Museum & Gallery Display Lighting Projects

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum showcases the vibrant culture of the north of Ireland, with state-of-the-art displays on community crafts, industries and ways of life, as well as the Irish Railway Collection.

In 2011 the museum opened TITANICa, a major exhibition on the story of the ill-fate ship built by Belfast ship builders Harland and Wolff. The exhibition launch marked the centenary of the ship's tragic maiden voyage, and featured over 500 original artifacts, including ship's crew uniforms, documents, and crockery and other poignant items rescued from the ship's sunken hull.

The delicate display items needed careful lighting to protect them from further harm. The design team chose UFO's fiber optic products, since their fittings emit no heat or ultraviolet rays that can cause irreversible damage.

The ceiling of each display unit was fitted with adjustable downlights. These can easily be rotated and tilted by museum staff to pick out important features of each exhibit. Illuminators were installed out of sight in the base of each case, and connected to an individual strand of glass fiber running through a discreet vertical tube. The black tubing blends smoothly with the display cases and ensures visitors' attention is focused on the exhibits.

The base of each display was fitted with a tungsten halogen illuminator which can be easily accessed by museum staff if required. Our Ixion and Aurora illuminators were chosen as the ideal solution for this project, thanks to their compact size, and heat-free, noise-free running.

Images courtesy of Click Netherfield Ltd | Photography by Rory Moore


Belfast, Northern Ireland


Public Realm, Display Lighting


Click Netherfield

 Products used

Illuminators: 18 x tungsten halogen
Harnesses: 18 end lit glass fiber harness with 4mm active diameter
End Fittings: Supplied by client

 Date completed

April 2011