LED art lighting systems are steadily replacing halogen technology as the first choice in art display illumination. Art museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian, are making the switch to LED in rapid fashion because of the efficiency, longevity and controllability the technology offers, as well as its low UV and infrared output. Continue reading “Why LED Art Lighting Systems Are Gaining In Popularity”
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. Continue reading “Why Recessed Art Projectors Are A Top Choice In The Industry”
Eliminating the glare from art that comes with glass can be particularly difficult, as reflective surfaces can scatter light in many directions. Whether the sculpture…
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. Continue reading “Eliminating Glare From Art With Glass”
Many art lovers are wondering, does non-glare glass really eliminate the glare? When it comes to displaying artwork with a light feature, many homeowners might…
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. Continue reading “Does Non Glare Glass Really Eliminate The Glare?”
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. Continue reading “How Can You Minimize Glare With A Surface Mount Fixture?”
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.
Homeowners are always looking for that perfect fixture for their artwork, and an optical framing light can be that technology that leaves a lasting impact. Artwork is meant to inspire, and to elevate the space it inhabits, but cheap fixtures will prevent it from reaching such heights. Hotspots and shadows can undermine a painting or sculpture’s appearance, so homeowners should always think quality when setting up an artistic display.
An optical framing light is designed for various artistic subjects, and can generally work with a painting or sculpture of any size or shape. It is normally concealed inside the ceiling, which can promote a minimalist aesthetic that pairs well with most subjects.
Although the major feature of these fixtures is that they can be masked in a way that contours their illumination to the subject. For example, a pair of adjustable shutters can be used to trim off excess illumination at the edges, while a custom metal slide can be produced for a sculpture. Once attached, the fixture will produce no spill illumination, brightening up only the subject and adding a lit from within effect. This powerful effect is something that most people have not seen before, and it is extremely stark, so it will not go unnoticed. And getting noticed is the whole point of placing art in the first place. These fixtures just make it stand out that much more.