Yale University Library

Problem- Protect priceless artwork from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays and reduce glare


Our local dealer (Designs in Blinds) in Meriden, CT was contacted by Yale University to help them protect the artwork located in their library from the harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays. They also wanted the glare eliminated, and if it was possible preserve the view of the outside. The only shade that could do all this, and more was Halcyon Shades. Developed for the space program in the 1970’s this shade material was used in the face shields of astronaut’s helmets for the very same purpose. It also was used on the Hubbell Telescope. The folks at Yale University met the performance characteristics and test data provided by Halcyon Shades with raised eyebrows. After all no material to there knowledge could eliminate 99.7% of UVA/UVB rays, and you could still see outside through the shade. Testing was under taken by Yale University with the results being as stated by Halcyon Shades. Shades were ordered from Designs in Blinds, and installed in the library.

IMG_0879The ability of Halcyon Shades to eliminate harmful UVA/UVB rays has many applications outside of protecting priceless artwork. Retail stores can vastly reduce damage to clothing caused by fading. Furniture, and wood floors can now be protected from the damaging effects of the sun while preserving the view of the outside. Thank you to our manufacturers rep group Apex Lighting http://apexltg.com and our dealer Designs in Blinds for bringing this opportunity to Halcyon Shades https://halcyonshades.com