The New York City Fire Museum houses one of the nation’s most important collections of fi re-related art and artifacts. The museum recently opened a September 11 Exhibit Hall to honor the fi refi ghters who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks. Set within an attractive glass atrium, the exhibit’s photos and other pieces had begun to fade due to the heat, glare, and harmful ultraviolet light to which they were exposed.
Museum Director Joann Kay contacted the local LLumar dealer to help find a solution. The dealer fitted the atrium’s skylights with 600 square feet (55 square meters) of LLumar window film R-20 SR CDF. It was further determined that the museum’s glass doors could be reinforced with safety-security window film, and 300 square feet (28 square meters) of LLumar protective film NUV-65 SR PS4 was used to form a sheath across the glass to hold fragments in place in the event of breakage.
Once installed, the window film reduced the amount of summer solar heat gain passing through the skylights by 75% and reduced glare within the atrium by 82%. In addition, 99% of the ultraviolet light—the principal cause of fading—was eliminated. The glass doors to the exhibit were signifi cantly secured due to the film’s thick polyester laminate, metallized coatings, and unique adhesive system. “Installation was quick, without mess, and without interruption,” Kay said.