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Old 09-30-2017, 10:48 PM
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Default Lighting in a room of collectibles

I am branching out from cards and will be displaying memorabilia (some signed, some not) along with a few cards in a room. This room has one relatively small window and faces south. It doesn't get a lot of sun light but some. I am going to put a hotel style black out curtain in the room to take care of that minimal sun light. The only lights in the room are in a ceiling fan. I have switched the bulbs in the fan over to LED, and I only have two bulbs in instead of the possible four. The light would only be on a few minutes a day if I were in there, so there won't be much traffic. Autographed footballs/helmets will be in UV safe cases. Do you guys think these precautions are enough? I don't really know what else to do. Thanks for any insight.

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Old 09-30-2017, 11:53 PM
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Sounds like you are doing good to me.
I am not a memorabilia guy per se but some of my cards and memorabilia are displayed and not protected as well. I don't let any direct sun (or indirect sun for that matter) hit any of it and don't worry too much other than keeping the stuff cool and dry.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:48 AM
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The worst things for memorabilia are sunlight, regular light bulbs, and oils from your hands. Sounds like you're doing the right things.
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:07 AM
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Sounds like you're doing a good job. Your lighting system/plan sounds good. I don't know what else you could do light-wise beyond never having any light.

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Old 10-01-2017, 02:19 AM
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No direct sunlight & high quality warm LED bulbs should be sufficient.
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Old 10-01-2017, 02:57 PM
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You've more than covered all the bases.

The only remaining "enemy" is dust. Don't let the dust build up for too long, as it can be tough to remove if it's been stagnant for months. You often see this problem with early bobbleheads and Hartlands. The glossy finish turns dull and just looks worn.
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