Daylight Chandelier, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Proposal for a series of daylight modulating chandeliers for Gallery 1 at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The design prevents harmful solar rays from reaching the paintings hung on the wall whilst reflecting daylight on to the walls to allow adequate viewing and for light to fall on objects below.

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The adjustable daylight chandelier is constructed using a thin laminated timber structure covered with a white tensile fabric.

Light data was captured using sensors set up in the space and computer simulations were performed to fine tune the devices for the gallery.

A sensor on the roof alerts the device as to when excessive lux levels occur. A motorized system of pulleys adjusts the device to decrease light levels accordingly. The device can also adjust to cut out light almost completely when the room is required to be dark or not in use.