The films have not only greatly reduced interior fading—they’ve significantly reduced energy costs.
World famous for their grandeur and beauty, the “Cottages” of Newport are palatial historic homes set in the magnificent surroundings of the Rhode Island Sound. The Preservation Society of Newport County today maintains these stately properties and their irreplaceable interior furnishings—fine tapestries, portraits, wall panels, ceiling paintings, French and Oriental carpeting, and opulent linens. Over the years, these items had begun to fade and deteriorate from exposure to sunlight.
Curator Paul F. Miller retained the services of a window film specialist to help the Preservation Society protect its valuable assets. Miller chose to install LLumar window film, which blocks nearly all UV rays, the principal cause of interior fading. The specific films employed, LLumar N 1050 SR CDF and N 1035B SR CDF, are neutral in colour and optically clear, so views are not impaired.
First installed on two Preservation Society properties, the Society now plans to install LLumar window film on a number of others. As Miller describes it, “We see these historic properties as a major link between Newport and America’s past, and we will not let them fade away.” The films have not only greatly reduced interior fading—they’ve significantly reduced energy costs for the Society.