There is no single best art lighting fixture on the market, though optical framing projectors represent the most modern and creative approach to display illumination. Homeowners have a lot of system options to choose from when setting up a display, and every homeowner has their own priorities when it comes to executing display lighting. Continue reading “Choosing The Best Art Lighting Fixture For Displays”
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?”
There 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.
Although 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.
Homeowners who want to put their artwork up for display might want to know: Does non-glare glass really eliminate the glare? Yes, anti-reflective surfaces can assist in the removal of reflections and hotspots. However, there are some disadvantages to anti-reflective surfaces:
- It can dull the artwork. Since anti-reflective surfaces are layered with an additional surface to prevent glares, it often means that it won’t work for certain types of art.
- The reflections are gone, but the clear quality of the artwork is disturbed. This can diminish the appeal of more intricate and finely detailed pieces of art.
- It is more expensive.
The disadvantages don’t necessarily mean that anti-reflective surfaces aren’t the right way to go. They can and do offer a variety of benefits as well, including:
- If the room that the artwork is housed in is very brightly lit, anti-reflective methods are a great tool. Instead of seeing a reflection, the art is able to stand out.
- While it can somewhat dull the artwork in one situation, it can make it stand out in another. It all depends on the type of art and the room it is in.
- Not only can it prevent reflections, but it can protect the art from damaging UV rays as well.
Does non-glare glass really eliminate the glare? While the answer can be yes, it can also be no. For the best results when displaying art, consider speaking with a lighting professional because there are alternative ways to display art. A professional can help determine the best way to showcase the piece, taking all things into consideration, from the size and shape of the room, the art, and any existing lighting.
Glare is a function of the aiming angle or in scientific terms; the angle of incidence. See the image which illustrates the angle of incidence on a flat surface. The same holds true when lighting art on a wall. The best you can do is to change the position of the light either forward, back, left or right to redirect the glare to the least viewed area. Left or right pitches the glare to the opposite side of the room. Objects above eye level are the most challenging of all art lighting applications. It is very difficult to eliminate glare from all angles.
To test for glare on your art, get a ladder and a flashlight. Have someone help you try several positions in the room while you observe the glare from various positions in the room. When you can see the flashlight image in the glass you know that is the angle of incidence.
Our projector is design for offset mounting to specifically address reflected glare and still maintain the masked area of light.
Lighting fixture catalogs have a wealth of information for homeowners looking to upgrade their display illumination. These product listings are an excellent first step for homeowners planning a project, and there are some valuable pieces of information a homeowner can pick up by looking through a listing. Armed with this info, a homeowner can speed up the selection process and ask more in depth questions during a consultation with a designer.
Most lighting fixture catalogs include pictures of the product, along with some technical specs. Phantom’s product listings are designed to be a comprehensive reference guide, offering a quick glance in the form of specifications and features, and more detailed looks at how the system can be positioned and customized.
However, even with some basic details and a photo or two, a homeowner can make some decisions about what system to look for. Does a particular product fit in with a home’s aesthetic? Is it classic, elegant or contemporary? Is it compatible with modern illumination technologies, like LED, or is it designed for older systems? Can it be aimed in multiple directions, or does it only fire up or directly down? How customizable is it? Can it be positioned and then aimed, or does it need to be aimed before positioning?
All important questions, and the answers will be different for each illumination source. It can seem like a lot of info to take in, but that info will help a homeowner make the right choice.
Specialized art lighting techniques are the best way to get the most out of a display, as priceless paintings and sculptures can’t be properly displayed with a basic, off the shelf fixture. While there are several advanced approaches available, optical framing projectors are favored by many illumination experts. That’s because projectors offer a strong combination of subtlety and sophistication, creating a unique effect that most people don’t even know exists.
The best specialized art lighting techniques emphasize contrast, as this will make the subject stand out from its surroundings. Intense illumination is one way to do this, and framing projectors do offer a brilliant halogen beam, but projectors can also maximize contrast using a masking attachment. Masks, either in the form of adjustable shutters or a custom slide, are designed to shape a beam by blocking out the unnecessary parts. What’s left is the part of the beam that is aimed at the subject, so there is no spill illumination visible. This is a powerful effect that will immediately get attention, as the subject will act like a drop of brilliant, glowing color in a much darker space.
Even though this is an advanced approach to a display, in the hands of an experienced illumination designer it can be quickly set up for any layout. And it takes close to zero modification to the room, so a homeowner doesn’t have to worry about the projector leaving any marks behind. It will blend in perfectly and act as a seamless part of a sophisticated display.