“The two MagnaShades we have are an excellent product for us, considering we are a museum and need to control light levels and glare for obvious reasons (art conservation and visitor comfort). The wide MagnaShades by their nature eliminate the penetrating direct sunlight that occurs from having many individual shades at the window. When they are lowered, it is dark!
“Combined with the SolarTrac Shade control system, the art is protected from direct sunlight and the manual action is eliminated. Seasonal changes and direct sunlight is accommodated by SolarTrac. However, sunlight is dynamic and the manual overrides allow for us to manage unexpected glare affecting visitors. Or, when the museum is closed on Tuesdays, we may want to raise the MagnaShade and our other shades for promotion views or to allow daylight in a space.”
—Peter Scott, director of facilities and department head, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
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