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”
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.
Projector lighting is often installed for fine art because no other fixture can work with it like an optical framing fixture. Homeowners have several illumination options when setting up a painting or sculpture, and while most will provide enough illumination, few offer that visual impact that makes the display truly special. Optical framing fixtures are one of the only technologies designed with paintings and sculptures in mind, so they are made to get the most out of every subject.
They do that with a brilliant halogen beam, which is the best choice for representing true color hues. Optical framing fixtures can also be completely concealed, so they will stay out of the way and ensure the subject is the focal point, and not the fixture. These fixtures can be configured for many placement spots as well, so it is possible to get rid of most glare and ensure even illumination coverage across the entire painting or sculpture.
What really makes projector lighting best for fine art is how they display the subject. Unlike all other fixtures, optical framing fixtures can be configured with a unique beam spread. Specifically, the beam can be masked in spots so that it is confined to the subject only. That maximizes contrast between the subject and its surroundings, making it appear as if it is lit up from an internal source. It’s the kind of effect that leaves a lasting impression.
Using optical framing projectors to illuminate art is a technique that lighting experts are starting to use for high end installations, and for good reason. These fixtures are extremely flexible and can be used with nearly any painting or sculpture in existence. That’s because they can be masked and adjusted in many ways, and even come in several models ideal for challenging settings. Additional flexibility comes with some extra considerations, though, which is something that a lighting expert can help with.
When using optical framing projectors to illuminate art, placement is a major concern. Even in large, square rooms, installing the fixture straight on will lead to a lot of glare right in front of the painting. Offsetting the fixture will take care of that, and is easily done with Phantom’s fixtures because they are designed with a rotating ring and a mounting cradle. Together, the cradle and ring allow for 360 degree movement and a vertical aiming angle of up to 55 degrees.
What really makes this technology such an attractive option, though, is the fact that they can be masked to produce shaped light. With a set of adjustable shutters or a cut metal slide, the fixture will produce a beam of light that contours to the edges of the piece. This eliminates spill and only lights up the subject, making it appear as if it is glowing. This effect can be achieved with multiple paintings at once as well, so a homeowner can produce a unique display no matter how large and complicated it may seem to be.
Using a projector for art lighting purposes is catching on quickly among homeowners, and even interior designers are relying on it to create an impactful display. That’s no surprise, because no other technology can mimic an optical framing fixture’s ability to contour illumination to the subject. The result is a glowing effect that may appear otherworldly to people the first time they see it, and that impact is sure to draw people into the painting. And that’s the point of sinking so much effort into a display.
With a projector, art lighting takes on a whole new meaning. Other fixtures produce significant ceiling clutter and tend to illuminate too much. Optical framing projectors are recessed into the ceiling or concealed by an architectural feature, so they are tough to notice even if someone knows they are there. All that’s visible is an innocuous cover plate, which can be set flush into the ceiling and painted over.
The real power in these fixtures, though, is how they can be shaped to the subject. With a set of adjustable shutters, which are ideal for paintings, or a cut metal slide, which are better for sculptures, the illumination can be trimmed to the edges of the subject. Nothing else will be illuminated, so all of the vivid colors and graceful shapes in the subject will be even more apparent matched up to its shaded surroundings. It is, in a word, commanding, and will grab people the instant they see the beautiful results.
There are a couple of challenges when focusing optical projectors to illuminate art, but it’s nothing that a little professional expertise can’t solve. These fixtures are designed to be easy to handle, even by people who have no confidence in their technical skills. And while installation is simple enough, securing the right placement spot takes a little planning and foresight. Consulting with an expert can solve any possible issues, and professionals have access to additional customization options. These options can sidestep a lot of common issues associated with high power display fixtures and ensure a seamless, blended appearance.
The key to focusing optical projectors to illuminate art is to get the placement right and to get the beam spread right. This is essential to framing the illumination and metering it properly along the edges. If the fixture is placed above eye level, it must be offset to prevent glare from bouncing back into the observer’s face. However, offsetting the fixture requires extra ceiling space, which isn’t always available. Phantom’s fixtures overcome this with a unique lensing apparatus that allows for multiple beam angle options. The beam angles are produced by finely adjusting the focal lenses inside the fixture, and adjusting the beam angle enables the installer to place the fixture at one of several distances. So, if necessary, the fixture can be placed close or far away, and even way down a corridor or hallway if the homeowner opts for Phantom’s 150fl lenses.
As one of the most advanced fixture technologies on the market, shaped illumination may be a bit intimidating for a homeowner, but they are easy to use and quick to install with a little professional assistance.
Few illumination techniques have the impact of lighting art from within with optical framing projectors, and this kind of system is almost as creative as the painting or sculpture they are designed to display. While many displays are designed to pump as much illumination as possible into the display, this technique is more surgical, honing a sharp beam of halogen illumination until it is shaped to the subject. It’s a method that is even compatible with extremely intricate sculptures, or displays that include multiple paintings.
As soon as a homeowner sees the fixture itself, they will realize the high quality involved in the technology. Lighting art from within with optical framing projectors requires some of the most sophisticated fixture technology available, and is comparable to the powerful stage fixtures seen in professional venues. Still, even with their sophisticated housing, lensing apparatus, and MR16 halogen lamp, they can be completely concealed inside the ceiling or on a tall piece of furniture.
To get the shaped the effect, either a pair of adjustable shutters or a custom metal slide has to be attached to the front of the fixture. The mask only allows a portion of the beam to pass through, and when framed properly, the unmasked portion of the beam only extends to the edges of the subject. As a result, only the subject is illuminated, and not the surrounding walls or ceiling. With so much visual contrast, the result is a piece that appears to be glowing. Others may think a fixture has been installed behind the piece, but the truth is more elegant than that.
Lighting art with framing projectors is gaining steam among homeowners, though it remains one of the best kept secrets in the industry. Every designer’s goal is to produce a system for their clients that looks like a one of a kind of display. But in an industry where designers are constantly pushing new technology to its limits, achieving that goal may feel impossible. Using shaped illumination is one of those new concepts, and is perhaps the final word on sophisticated painting or sculpture displays.
The end effect is the primary reason for lighting art with framing projectors. Shaped illumination has an enormous capacity to generate contrast, and every designer knows that contrast is key to generating visual interest. To get that high contrast appearance, the fixture is masked in a way that eliminates spill illumination. While spill can produce a dramatic look that some homeowners prefer, it can also flatten the subject against the wall, as it is less clear where the boundaries of the painting or sculpture are. Of course, people don’t really have trouble picking up on the shape and size of the subject, but with additional contrast, its colors will appear more vibrant and provide extra depth around the subject’s edges, making it appear as if it is popping off the wall.
It’s a show stopper, to be sure, and is completely safe to use with a delicate subject as well, so it is appropriate for any setup.
Sometimes, a recessed art fixture is neither feasible nor desired, and when it isn’t, a surface mount optical projector may provide the perfect solution. The fact is, when choosing an art fixture for a painting or sculpture, the decision often comes down to aesthetics. Some homeowners don’t care for a fixture that is unconcealed, while others aren’t bothered by it. If an unconcealed art fixture isn’t a concern, then Phantom’s SM series of projectors can offer the performance and utility homeowners expect from a cutting edge display light.
Phantom’s SM series is a surface mount optical projector that can secure to nearly any surface, including ceilings and the tops of tall furniture. In fact, if there is a platform high enough off the ground, it may be possible to place the light on top of it and keep it out of sight from ground level. That way, a homeowner gets the superior economy of the SM series along with the concealments that homeowners often prefer.
The SM series has a pair of condensing lenses and a pair of focal lenses, which work together to collect and magnify the light produced by the halogen source. Because the SM series is crafted with a proprietary, sophisticated lensing apparatus, it can be set to emit one of several beam angles. Masking techniques, like shutters or a metal template, can hone the beam spread even more and help shape an extremely precise beam of powerful light.
This may sound like a lot for a piece of art, but once you see the difference, you’ll know why Phantom’s lighting is in residential and commercial properties around the country.
The technology behind advanced art fixtures may be highly complex, but the installation instructions for framing projectors are not. Of course, this is not the case with every manufacturer’s art fixtures, but Phantom designs its fixtures to be as minimalistic and simple as possible so that they can be placed by anyone. And this simplicity does not affect the fixture’s capabilities or power in any way. On the contrary, as Phantom’s art fixtures are among the most powerful and versatile available on the market.
Even professional technicians are often frustrated by the design behind art fixtures. In general, not much has been standardized in this area, so most fixtures require a lot of trial and error to set up properly. In response to this issue, Phantom has created its installation instructions for its framing projectors to be as intuitive as possible.
All that has to be done is to find a place for the fixture, place its housing in the ceiling by affixing the fixture to the ceiling joists, attach the junction box and run the wire, and put a few pieces together. The mounting cradle is secured to the rotator ring, the light is secured to the mounting cradle, and a cover plate is placed at the bottom to finish off the job.
If a homeowner has any trouble with the process, though, Phantom can provide expert assistance along the way and ensure the homeowner doesn’t waste their effort on a botched placement.