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When Should The NC Series Be Installed?

Phantom Lighting’s optical framing projectors are designed to fit into any setting, and the New Construction, or NC, series is the choice when that setting is still being built. Specifically, this model is intended for use prior to installation of sheetrock, and comes with a set of mounting bars that can accommodate joist spacing up to 10 inches high and 24 inches wide. Continue reading “When Should The NC Series Be Installed?”

Why LED Festoon Lighting Should Be Used For Displays

There are so many benefits to LED festoon lighting that it is fair to say the technology represents a revolution in illumination. For more than a century, people have been limited to inefficient, unreliable forms of illumination. But diode fixtures have the power to change all that. Designed with highly efficient and precise semiconductor dies, diode systems offer unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and versatility in both residential and commercial applications. Continue reading “Why LED Festoon Lighting Should Be Used For Displays”

How Does Architectural Lighting Improve A Room?

The power of architectural lighting cannot be overstated, as it can transform the way a space looks, from the inside to the outside. As home and business owners look for new methods to improve well-being, creative illumination is emerging as a powerful approach. But creative lighting displays, whether they are natural or manmade, are more than something pretty to look at. Continue reading “How Does Architectural Lighting Improve A Room?”

Cove Lights Add An Unique Touch To Your Home

Implementing cove lights can dramatically change the way a room looks, from the kitchen to the living room and beyond. The illumination features provide indirect sources of light that help give a room a relaxed and cozy feel. Not all designs are meant to be obvious; in fact, many installations are created to supplement already existing elements. Continue reading “Cove Lights Add An Unique Touch To Your Home”

Different Ways To Use Kitchen Cabinet Lighting

With modern kitchen cabinet lighting, a homeowner can make the most inviting room in the home feel even warmer and cozier. No other room offers the same range of decorative possibilities, and high-end fixtures like Phantom Lighting’s Elite and Ultra systems can be customized to a great degree. Continue reading “Different Ways To Use Kitchen Cabinet Lighting”

Why Recessed Art Projectors Are A Top Choice In The Industry

Setting Up Contemporary Art Lighting With The Right FixtureThere are several reasons why designers and installers are opting for recessed art projectors instead of other forms of display lighting. Chief among them, though, is how they can be shaped to fit any subject, giving them the ability to create a lit from within effect that no other fixture can match. But this is just one advantage among many that the technology offers homeowners. These fixtures also provide a perfect combination of aesthetic design and flexibility that make them viable in any situation.

Recessed art projectors are designed to be installed inside the ceiling, with only a cover plate and a small aperture providing any evidence that the fixture is there. When done right, they are virtually impossible to see, which preserves the home’s aesthetic. They are also built with excellent aiming capabilities, as their rotating ring and mounting cradle allow for near limitless vertical and horizontal aiming. With this versatility, the fixture can be offset to eliminate any glare and set in a position that will guarantee it remains concealed from view.

Again, though, the standout element is that they can be shaped to any subject. This is done with a masking attachment, and this screens out any spill light, ensuring only the subject is lit. With shaped light, the subject will glow brilliantly against its darker surroundings, helping it stand out in any space.

These systems have steadily gained traction in high-end applications, and they can fit in any home, museum, gallery or venue.

Experts Can Help When Designing Cove Lighting In Kitchens

There are some established ideas for designing cove lighting in kitchens, and an experienced fixture expert can provide a unique, sophisticated look without having to do much work in the space. It just so happens that these rooms offer a lot of spots to set up a run of LED strips, and they can even be placed under cabinets and above countertops, adding functionality as well as aesthetics to the room. In most cases, though, an installer will choose to place the strips near the ceiling, either on top of cabinets, molding, or soffits.

When designing cove lighting in kitchens, the most important consideration is the color and shape of the room. Kitchens usually have distinct color schemes that can play well with fixtures that are configured to the scheme. For example, the room might be filled with blues, greens and other cooler colors. These colors may be represented in the backsplash, the flooring, and in decorations spread throughout the space. With fixtures configured on the cooler side, they can enhance the color scheme in the room and make the space feel more vivid and better put together.

The shape of the room will dictate how the fixtures are placed and metered. Phantom, for example, offers several trim options that can change up the angle at which the fixtures emit, and this can be used to illuminate tough corners or curves.

For many families, this room is the most important and with some smart additions, such as decorative fixtures, it can bring people together better and brighten the mood.

Eliminating Glare From Art With Glass

Using Traditional Picture Lights Fo Illuminating Fine ArtAlthough tough, eliminating the glare from art made with glass is possible. It does take some careful planning and installing, along with fixtures that are flexible enough to customize, but with these in place, a lighting expert can mitigate nearly all of the annoying reflections. In general, the same principles that an expert would use with glass are the same that an expert would use with varnished paintings or other reflective surfaces. However, with reflective surfaces that are also transparent, the light can be scattered, so careful light positioning is essential.

If eliminating the glare from art that comes with glass is the goal, then it starts with picking out the right fixtures. This can be tough for a homeowner to do on their own, but a lighting expert can make the process a lot easier. An expert may choose, for instance, to light the subject from either directly above or below, using a diffused light. Sculptures, in particular, can look striking if lit while sitting on a pedestal, but this clearly won’t work with subjects that are mounted to the wall.

A lighting expert may also use an optical framing projector to get the desired effect, and this can be a highly effective way to control reflections. That’s because projectors offer total control over positioning and aiming, so a lighting expert can pick a spot that will allow for the most control over reflections. With careful positioning, any reflections can be aimed toward the ceiling or floor, or off to the side, ensuring that they don’t bother anyone observing the subject from the front.

Get The Best Illumination With Modern Lighting Fixtures

Choosing The Best Option Of Modern Art Picture LightsArmed with modern lighting fixtures, an illumination designer can do some amazing things in any space. Cutting-edge illumination technology is highly precise and versatile, but it’s not only the superior choice in terms of aesthetics, it is also much more efficient and reliable compared to older systems. But it can only be executed optimally by experts who have experience with it.

For Phantom, modern lighting fixtures typically refers to its cabinet and cove LED strips. Both the Elite and Ultra make use of the latest in LED technology, and they are among the most powerful LEDs on the market. They provide this power for about 50,000 hours, which is several times longer than what incandescent and xenon systems are graded for. LEDs are superbly efficient, so much so that they produce almost no radiant heat, and are much safer as a result. And because they can be attached to dimmer controls, they offer unparalleled power conservation. Just as important, Phantom’s LEDs are customizable to a great extent, so they can be run to any length and can produce any color a homeowner would like to see.

This highly flexible approach is also part of Phantom’s optical framing projectors, which are designed for use with artwork. Optical framing projectors make use of advanced lensing arrangements and masking attachments to shape a beam of illumination and get a unique glow-like effect.

These advanced fixtures can form the backbone of an aesthetic display, and allow for some impressive effects.

Adding Cove Lighting Using Standard Cove Molding

It is entirely possible to execute high-quality cove lighting while using standard cove molding, and even when the architectural feature is not present, a fixture expert can install it as well. In fact, it can be beneficial for a fixture expert to install a concealing surface, as it ensures that the fixtures will be arranged and metered optimally. In short, homeowners should consider the project a major upgrade to a room’s look, and one that can be put together in short order by an experienced installer.

An installer can execute cove lighting while using standard cove molding, as this decorative surface provides an ideal spot to place and conceal the fixtures. It is placed near the top of the room, and is built with a narrow shelf that perfectly accommodates the LED strips. When switched on, the strips will bounce soft illumination off the top of the wall and off the ceiling, providing an interesting visual accent to the space.

A few infrastructure additions do need to be made to integrate the system into a space, but an installer can take of this. For example, an electrical box and outlet will need to be installed close to where the fixtures will be placed, but the outlet can be concealed as well, so it won’t affect the system’s appearance. In fact, all extra components, such as dimmers and drivers, are concealed from view, so all that is visible is the beautiful illumination that the fixtures will add to the space.