How do UV rays hurt artwork?

UV rays – a shortend term typically used to describe ultraviolet radiation fades artwork by breaking the chemical bonds of color molecules – known as photolysis. The more color molecules that break apart, the more the image fades.

UV energy also ruins art and photographs by photo-oxidation, which can cause photographic prints to yellow or get brittle over time.

UV damage is irreversible; it’s easily prevented, but virtually incureble, and it’s not just sunlight to watch for; fluorescent lights are a close second in terms of UV rays!

The best way to prevent UV damage is to simply use glazing (glass) that filters out at least 97% to 99% of UV light.

This doesn’t automatically mean your art or framed items are framed to conservation standards, but if the UV radiation is filtered out you’ve taken a significant step to protecting them.