The design and experimental method for the use of a novel instrument for lightfastness measurements on an artwork is presented. The new micro-fading spectrometer design offers increased structural stability (which enables portability) and increased versatility over the previous, published design, broadening the scope of locations at which data can be acquired. This reduces the need for art handling or transportation in order to gain evidence-based risk assessments for the display of light-sensitive artworks. The instrument focuses a stabilized high powered xenon lamp to a spot 0.25 mm diameter (FWHM) while simultaneously monitoring colour and spectral change. This makes it possible to identify pigments and determine the lightfastness of materials effectively and non-destructively. W ith 2.59 mW or 0.82 lumen (1.7· 107 lux for a 0.25 mm focused spot) the instrument is capable of fading Blue Wool 1 to a measured 11 ΔEab value (using CIE standard illuminant D65) in 15 min. The temperature increase created by focused radiation was measured to be 3 to 4 °C above room temperature. The system was stable within 0.12 ΔEab over 1 h and 0.31 ΔEab over 7 h. A safety evaluation of the technique is discussed which concludes that some caution should be employed when fading smooth, uniform areas of artworks. The instrument can also incorporate a linear variable filter. This enables the researcher to identify the active wavebands that cause certain degradation reactions and determine the degree of wavelength dependence of fading. Some preliminary results of fading experiments on Prussian blue samples from the studio materials of J. M. W Turner (1755- 1851) are presented.
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