Reply To: lighting for collection storage, exhibits

Richard Kerschner

To my knowledge, there are no low cost sprinkler systems. Water mist suppression systems are great alternatives for museums, but they are still higher cost than conventional wet pipe systems although the cost difference is decreasing. Check out VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) or a similar aspirating smoke detection system. They can detect pre-combustion gasses and warn of a danger long before a fire breaks out. They are much better than room-mounted conventional fire alarms and, although not a suppression system, a significant improvement in fire protection. Compared to a suppression system, they are significantly less expensive and less invasive to install. For advice on the best type of fire protection for your museum, check with Nick Artim of Fire Safety Network.