Heat and glare reduction with LLumar deluxe solar control window film.
Located on the Tiradentes Square in Ouro Preto, the Insurgency Museum is an 18th-Century jail and chamber house that showcases Brazilian colonial architecture. The property was converted into a museum in 1944 to preserve the heritage of the Minas Gerais’ Insurgency, the most important political movement for Brazil’s independence. In 2005, the museum’s board began a revitalization process to preserve its historic architecture and exhibits. One of the museum board’s main concerns was damage to the exhibits from excessive sunlight, which passed through the building’s large colonial windows.
Pierre Catel, a French museographer, and Rui Mourão, the museum director, chose to install LLumar deluxe solar control window film DL-05G SR CDF to protect the exhibits from fading and cracking due to the sun's damaging UV rays. LLumar’s scratch-resistant, deluxe solar control film blocks more than 99% of harmful UV rays and provides 70% total solar energy rejection.
The reduced glare enabled Pierre Catel to design a lighting system that highlights the museum’s architecture and assets without altering the original features of the façade. “Ironically, excessive light reduces visibility,” a museum technician said, “appropriately lit rooms are smoother and nicer to visit and enjoy.” The LLumar film now reduces both sunlight and heat to help preserve valuable pieces of the country's history while creating an ideal environment for visitors to view the exhibits.