Using Lighting Technology to Engage and Connect with Museum Visitors

  • May 10, 2023
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Using Lighting Technology to Engage and Connect with Museum Visitors. As museums reimagine their position in the community, how they present collections or plan exhibits, and create more inclusive environments, there are many aspects to consider. Understanding the role and use of lighting in public and exhibition spaces is crucial in establishing a visual identity and how the latest lighting technology can be leveraged long-term. This technology development is also the opportunity to create inclusive environments for those not normally targeted as a new audience (someone with reduced/impaired vision) and a group at the top of the target list (younger audiences used to more dynamic experiences). But first one must understand the issues surrounding the eyes behavior and aging over time, how dynamic lighting can be done without being over the top, and the impact on facilities. Through it all, it is important to not lose sight on the most crucial component: the performance and quality of the exhibition lighting.



Rich Fisher is ERCO Lighting’s Market Manager for culture projects in the North American Market. ERCO is a family led, Germany based lighting manufacturer with a key focus on producing the light necessary for museums, galleries, and cultural institutions. As Market Manager, Rich’s role is to support both lighting designers and museums in the development of new electric lighting systems for their galleries, preparation spaces, and visitor experience projects. This includes awareness of new technology and trends in museums, facilitating discussions and demonstrations, and assisting with final aiming or system integration. Prior to joining ERCO, Rich was an award-winning independent lighting designer working in New York and St. Louis working a wide range of projects including national monuments, museums, performing arts centers, retail developments, and aesthetic lighting for bridges. 


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