How does light cause UV damage to artwork?
D amage from ultra violet light is the number one problem we see from clients who’ve had something framed by amateurs or uninformed picture framers.
UV rays – a shortened 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 to artwork is irreversible; it’s easily prevented, but virtually incurable, 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 in protecting them.
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