How Does UV Protection Work With Picture Frames?
What Is UV Light
Light plays a big role in photography! We may want the best light while we are in the field, but we definitely want our artwork protected from light at the end.
UV light, both A and B, is not in our visible spectrum but is present in the light we see every day. It is a very strong light that can have a very big impact. It is more prolific in sunlight and fluorescent lighting, but is present everywhere.
When looking at a fine-art photo, you may notice several components: the colors pop, the shadows are striking, the detail is phenomenal, etc. The dyes, papers, inks all used to make that final piece of art are essentially chemicals. UV light is so strong that it will break down those chemicals when exposed…colors will fade and paper will become brittle and yellow over time. Having the right glass helps to ensure your investment is protected!
Of course, there many variations on UV protection: glass can be glazed with a protective coating, the glass itself can be made with protective materials within its layers…some work to absorb the UV rays, others work to reflect the UV rays. None are necessarily better than the other from a protection standpoint, but they may impact viewing of the artwork. “Museum Glass” is often described as the best for this purpose: it blocks harmful UV rays, but also doesn’t impact the color/clarity/detail of what you can see behind the glass.
To Give Your Art the Best Chance For Survival
I include UV Anti-Reflective Glass Water ArtGlass (Museum Glass Quality), this is the ultimate in art visibility and protection. It provides 92% UV protection with low-iron and no-tint. This museum quality artglass is an ultra clear framing glass that will protect your art and preserve the fine details of the work's texture and colors. It’s smooth surface allows for details to emerge unaltered, with a scratch resistant and easy to clean Artglass AR coating. Please Note: all items larger than 24" x 28" use a museum quality non-glare acrylic with 92% UV protection.
All of my pieces are archival, which means that I use only certified archival papers, inks, signature pen and other framing materials. The inks and papers I use are rated for longevity and permanence by Aadenburg Imaging and Archives to last decades without fading or color change when displayed under proper conditions (no direct UV light for extended periods of time). You can be sure your investment will remain in the same condition in which you received it for many generations.