Treasured Artwork Truly Shines With An LED Picture Light

An LED picture light is the safest, longest lasting and most precise form of art illumination on the market, and it can be retrofitted into existing fixtures as well. LED picture lights have already earned an excellent reputation with art galleries and museums, and have been installed in major venues, including The Smithsonian and Sistine Chapel. LED lighting is not just available to the professionals, though, as collectors can harness its power and efficiency for their own artwork. LED framing projectors, in particular, offer an unbeatable combination of precision and aesthetics, making for a memorable display. Continue reading “Treasured Artwork Truly Shines With An LED Picture Light”

A Contemporary Picture Deserves The Best Lights

A Contemporary Picture Deserves The Best LightsA sharp contemporary picture deserves lights that are just as sharp, and Phantom can help with the process. It may seem like a secondary consideration when putting together a display space, but the right illumination can make all the difference. Any designer will tell you that even the boldest, most vivid pieces need support from the right fixtures. It should be no surprise that professional venues like museums dedicate a lot of space and effort into selecting the proper fixtures for their exhibits. As long as a homeowner puts time into planning, they should have no trouble piecing together the right setup.

There are many approaches to showing off a contemporary picture and the best lights for the setting will depend on what aesthetic a homeowner wants to have. For example, if a homeowner wishes to show off multiple subjects or create a spotlight effect, surface mounted track fixtures will be a strong choice. If a more dramatic appearance is the desire, recessed cans will work better. An increasing number of homeowners are turning to contour projectors as well, and these are ideal for eliminating spill illumination. This gives the subject a glowing effect that is unlike what other fixtures can provide.

No matter what the choice is, though, it is best to consult with an illumination expert to ensure that the fixtures are set up correctly and safely. This will guarantee that the subject will have beautiful illumination for years to come.

Choosing The Best Option Of Modern Art Picture Lights

Choosing The Best Option Of Modern Art Picture LightsWith modern art, well-placed picture lights are a must, or the painting will fall flat. Many people confuse this period with contemporary art, assuming it consists of extremely bold colors and bold patterns. However, what these paintings are known for is their incredible technique, and every piece contains hundreds of subtle touches and gradations. Because they contain many fine touches, they need powerful and precisely aimed fixtures to showcase them properly.

Even though it has been around for a while, halogen illumination is still considered the best option when setting up modern art picture lights. The reason being that it displays colors better than any other source of light, though incandescent and LED fixtures can each perform well in some situations. LED fixtures, in particular, are considered the future of art illumination, as they produce close to zero heat and UV radiation, both of which can cause damage to the painting.

For now, halogen is used in most mount and recessed fixtures, though only when it can be placed some distance away. Halogen is used in Phantom’s optical framing projectors, all of which are fitted with UV filters to block radiation. Phantom’s projectors install inside the ceiling and are nearly completely concealed, only requiring a small aperture to fire a beam through. What sets Phantom’s projectors apart are their ability to shape the illumination to the subject, creating a stark level of contrast between the painting and the wall it is mounted to. This will instantly make the artwork the focal point of the room.

Illuminating Fine Art By Using Traditional Picture Lights

Using Traditional Picture Lights Fo Illuminating Fine ArtAlthough a homeowner may not realize it when they first picked the piece out, illuminating fine art can be tricky, but there are many traditional picture lights available to make the task easier. Any fixture can fill the space up with bright illumination if there are enough of them, but it takes a delicate, subtle touch to give the artwork the stage it deserves. Homeowners often underestimate how much of an impact a fixture can have on the art. The wrong illumination source will make it impossible to see the true colors in the painting while the right choice can almost make the subject appear alive.

Incandescent, halogen and LED lamps are found in nearly all traditional picture lights, though even they don’t behave the same. Incandescent illumination is some of the warmest available, outputting a range of yellow and orange tones. This can make a painting with similar colors appear more vibrant, but it will distort blues and greens. LED illumination will soon be a fixture of choice, as it is efficient and safe to use around art, but it can’t quite match halogen lighting in terms of color rendering.

In general, it is best to set up fixtures that are around three times as intense as ambient illumination in the home. This will be strong enough to neutralize the effects of ambient light on the art, but not so bright that it creates a lot of glare. An illumination expert can help a homeowner achieve this ratio.

Fine art is a significant investment, and displaying it without the right fixtures is a waste. Don’t let that happen. Speak to the experts at Phantom Lighting to avoid leaving your art in the dark.

Picture Lighting Using Projectors Works As A Display

Contour Projectors highlight fine art, not the walls.Many experts specialized in picture lighting are now using projectors to produce effects that standard illumination systems aren’t capable of. This technology is more precise and more versatile than track or recessed fixtures and offers the same high level of output that people look for in their display fixtures. Phantom has improved on the design even further, adding an additional masking method and a unique lensing apparatus that, together, improve beam precision even further.

There are a couple issues with using traditional picture lighting, but using projectors can avoid them entirely. Recessed fixtures can’t be moved after installation, making it difficult to accommodate any pieces that are added to the room later. Track fixtures can’t be dimmed or switched off or on individually, so they can be inflexible at times. Projectors don’t have either of these issues, affording maximum versatility into any setting.

Perhaps more importantly, though, is that contour fixtures are designed to shape the illumination to the subject, which requires a high precision beam and an attached mask to achieve. When done correctly, the illumination is only trained on the subject and not the surface it is on. It’s a subtle approach, yet the effect is anything but. The contrast in illumination level from the subject and its surroundings is stark and will naturally get peoples’ attention. For home or venue owners, this is the primary goal.

Why Use A Optical Framing Picture Light For Art

dawson_3Phantom’s optical framing picture light is for artwork of all types, including oversized art and sculptures. When home or venue owners have one or more pieces of art to show off, they regularly turn to recessed or frame mounted fixtures to get the illumination they need. These options remain the most popular, and there are a variety of recessed and mounted fixtures available. Even the most expensive, highest quality recessed or mounted fixtures will not overcome some fundamental flaws in their design. Phantom’s contour projectors are designed specifically for artwork, so they can provide the best source of light for a prized subject.

What is an optical framing picture light?

Phantom’s contour projectors are built using proprietary technology, so they are not available anywhere else. They are offered in five designs, each of them formatted for a different installation setting and mounted to the ceiling. The Float Finish (FF) model, for example, is the best choice when the projector needs to be inconspicuous. Once installed and painted, the FF produces a near zero sight line that is difficult to spot.

The projector itself is inside durable aluminum housing which protects the sensitive fixture. The projector has a halogen light engine and an exclusive lensing design that focuses the illumination into a sharp beam. This beam is aimed through a tiny aperture in the ceiling and makes no noise while in operation. In effect, Phantom’s projectors are nearly undetectable.

Why is an optical framing picture light the best choice for a piece of artwork?

Recessed and mounted fixtures are poor choices for artwork because they are difficult to aim and adjust. As a result, these fixtures typically render a lot of spill illumination and harsh shadows. They also have a tendency to generate heat, which can cause paintings to deteriorate over time.

Phantom’s contour projectors don’t have these problems because they are completely adjustable. Every projector can come with either a cut metal slide or a shutter masking method. The metal slide is customized to a single installation, so it is ideal for illuminating multiple pieces or unusually shaped pieces, like sculptures. The shutter masking method is for square or rectangular artwork and can quickly adjust for different subjects.

In either case, the objective is to shape the illumination precisely to the subject’s edges. Once adjusted, there is no spill illumination present. This has a stark effect on the artwork, as there is no visual cue that there is a fixture shining down on the artwork. Instead, the piece will look like it is lit from within, awakening the colors and designs of the piece. For home or venue owners looking for a new way to enhance their artwork, Phantom’s projectors can help any piece stand out.

Finding The Best Picture Light

When it comes to choosing a picture light, there is an unwritten truism: Refined art deserves sophisticated illumination.

The purchase of a masterpiece or the restoration of an antique often constitutes a significant investment. And just like a prized race horse would hardly be kept in a rickety shack, so fine art must be properly illuminated to allow all of its features to shine with breathtaking brilliance.

A picture light is available in a variety of types, and most certainly have their place in the vast realm of general purpose art lighting.

Battery-powered LED lamps offer easy installation and basic illumination for simple applications. While rarely pleasing to the eye and notoriously intrusive, they are generally very affordable, highly mobile and energy efficient.

So-called Expo lights also have strong points: Their halogen bulbs provide excellent color-rendering and are safe to use on canvas and paints for a limited period of time. They are available as all-inclusive kits that consist of a mounting bracket, bulb, adjustable arm and the fixture itself. Their performance is hampered, however, by their lack of lenses and filters, ultimately generating basic illumination without added features.

Then there is the Phantom line of Contour Projectors. Fine art connoisseurs have known for a few years now that this jewel in the world of fine art illumination is unchallenged in terms of performance, elegance and technology. A fixture, so to speak, in galleries and museums worldwide, Contour Projectors are now also finding their way into the homes of private art collectors, upscale businesses and high society venues.

Contour projectors astound with their unparalleled versatility, exceptional optics, and low-profile designs, making them the number one choice in fine art illumination for those whose valued treasures deserve nothing but the best.

Choose Recessed Lighting For Your Art Work

Recessed lighting is typically used to add an artistic flair to a room, but it is also adept at providing crisp, functional illumination. They are usually placed along the edges of a room to make the space feel larger and warmer. These fixtures produce softer illumination, mostly because the bulb is shielded from direct view. This makes them ideal for intimate settings and venues like museums and art galleries. They are built into the ceiling, so they need very little room to function. Fortunately, fixtures produced by Phantom are custom built for every installation, so they are ready for immediate placement.

These fixtures are normally installed in modern or urban homes, though they can be placed in any building that needs a design upgrade. They tend to function better when placed along the edges of a room, about eighteen inches to two feet away from the wall. Here, recessed lighting can brighten up the room, giving the illusion that the walls are being pushed back. This makes the room feel larger and more inviting. These fixtures produce more compact beams of radiance, so an installer will need to place several to adequately brighten up a space.

These fixtures are perfect for drawing eyes to a piece of art or other subject. Because they cast warmer, more dramatic illumination, they can bring attention to a wall hanging or standing piece. This is why they are often found in museums and art spaces.

These fixtures can be fitted with incandescent, LED or halogen bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are popular for their warm illumination, but halogen and LED fixtures are more energy efficient. No matter the choice of bulbs, this type of lighting will give any interior a fresh look.

Art Museum Lighting Fixtures, Picture Lights And Art Lights Manufactured By Phantom Lighting

In order to be effective, art museum lighting must correspond to the type of art being exhibited. Natural lighting is generally not preferred as a source of art museum lighting. It emits harmful infrared heat and ultraviolet light waves that will damage a wide variety of paint types and canvases. Natural light is also very difficult to control. It is much better to use art museum lighting fixtures specifically designed for the task of illuminating and properly showcasing fine art and statuary. In most cases, a combination of fixture types by most curators, who tend to design the fine art lighting system around the interior architecture of the room and the exhibits on display.

Accent Lights

Accent lighting fixtures often use low voltage halogen lamps that have been specifically engineered for the purposes of art lighting. Ultraviolet light has to be filtered out of the light beam in order to make the light safe for the art, and the fixture must also provide a means of adjusting lighting levels.

Some accent lighting fixtures look like over the picture lights, although many have a base that attaches to the wall above the frame, not to the frame itself. The arms are generally longer and more flexible than generic equivalents. This allows the picture lights to be positioned at just the right distance from the art in order to make the light fit the frame.

Exhibition lighting in art museums is also done with low voltage, filtered spotlights that reside on or near the ceiling. These fixtures create a less intense luminance that is highly effective for special effects or ambient lighting. This type of accent lighting is often found in art museums that exhibit sculpture and three-dimensional abstract art.

Track Lights

Track lights hang suspended from rails that run parallel to the wall. The greatest advantage that they offer is the ability to match the number of lighting fixtures to the exact number of works of art. Because each low voltage light fixture can be moved individually along the rail, each light can be aimed precisely at its chosen object for pinpoint lighting effect. We often see track lighting in art museums showcasing photography exhibits. Because such exhibits normally feature a number of works in a series, track light installations allow for each photograph to be placed in its own individual light.

Recessed Lights

Lighting designers use recessed picture lights in art museums use halogen lights that produce a very bright, white light with superb color rendering. This light is filtered to remove ultraviolet radiation, and the use of dimmer switches to control lighting levels is generally recommended both as an aesthetic factor and a power saving feature.

One of the greatest advantages recessed accent lighting fixtures offer in art museum lighting is concealment. Unlike track lights, which hang suspended from the ceiling, recessed lights reside on or within the ceiling itself. They are difficult for the casual viewer to see, and they can be used to light both art and sculpture from virtually any angle.

Art Projectors

Art projectors are the most high-end of art museum lighting fixtures. Because art projectors can fit the light to the precise dimensions of a painting, and because they produce the safest form of UV and Infrared-free lighting, art museums frequently rely on them to light their most important and rare works of art on display.

Like recessed lights, projectors such as the Phantom Contour mount above the line of site in the ceiling. Almost all have some sort of lens adjustment mechanisms, sophisticated light filters that strip the beam of harmful ultraviolet light, and built in dimmer controls that allow lighting levels to be adjusted appropriately to genre, style, and individual characteristics of a work of art.

The Phantom Contour Projector offers a number of advantages over competing projector models. It is smaller and therefore easier to conceal in more eclectic, formal art museums. Lighting controls on the Contour Projector are exceptionally user friendly and do not require a technician to adjust. A number of models are available specific to interior architecture, including retrofit models that do not require cutting into a ceiling.

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Lighting Contemporary Fine Art With Phantom Low Voltage Projectors & Strip Lights

de_office300-776603Contemporary design conveys a style and establishes a sense of class unique unto itself. Through minimalism and differentiation, it is able to suggest universal absolutes but never conclusively or dogmatically asserting their ultimate existence.

In some decorative schemes, the only truly unifying factor in an otherwise disjointed array of shapes, sizes, and colors that speak so strongly of themselves that their only commonality is the light that shines upon them.

Metaphorically speaking, we might describe contemporary furnishings as art, and contemporary light as the visual tour guide that leads the eye through a quantum landscape of stark individuation and divergence.

It is the lighting designer’s foremost responsibility to find points within this landscape that can function as connecting “landmarks” that bring the various elements together.

Objects such as furniture, sculptures, lamps, and other decorations in a contemporary home often represent a form of art that either compliments wall art and sculpture, or in some instances, replaces them altogether.

Full-wall murals and abstract pieces often decorate walls in contemporary living rooms and dens, and these elements require attention from lights that will define their essence and balance their individual presentations with furnishings and interior architecture.

Contemporary lighting also requires heavy attention be paid to fixture style and to lighting angle of incident. Fixtures must either look like contemporary elements themselves, or they must conceal their own presence and illuminate decorative pieces with what appears to be sourceless light.

The following summary represents a few of the major categories of contemporary lighting fixtures and some of the more common arenas in which they are applied.

Wall Lighting

Contemporary sconces often look very different than their traditional counterparts. They can be very futuristic in physical design, and they are often tied to user-friendly dimmer switches that allow people to adjust the light quickly and easily.

Floor Lighting

Contemporary floor lighting unites task with the abstract by heavily relying upon the lamps themselves as decorative fixtures. It is not uncommon to find highly avant-garde lamps in a contemporary den or living room that add both a unique sense of form, but sometimes even a very unique and warm sense of color to the scheme.

Ceiling Pendant Lights

In contemporary lighting, pendant lights are more highly favored as either futuristic pieces or abstract elements that add a touch of the avant-garde to the top of the room.

Pendant lights add depth and dimension to contemporary design by making larger furnishings such as tables and desks stand out. They also act as centralizing forces that concentrate a down light in the center of the room and unite wall and floor lighting with something akin to a latticework effect.

Recessed Ceiling Lights

Recessed lights can be aimed at different angles of incident to produce pinpoint directional lighting.

Some recessed projector lights can be rotated a full 360 degrees, and they can be used to accent photography collections and hanging prints, abstract designs, and some sculpture. They are limited in two major respects, however, that make them less than ideal for use as art lights.

For one thing, they produce harmful UV light that can damage oils and canvases. Secondly, while recessed lights allow for directional adjustment, they do not allow for precision adjustments of the light beams themselves.

For such requirements, art projectors provide a much better source of contemporary art lighting.

Art Projectors

Art projector lights have a wonderful way of seamlessly integrating into any type of lighting design. Highly favored by galleries and residential art collectors, they provide a clean and hidden source of contemporary lighting.

They can be used to illuminate everything from black and white photography to abstract three-dimensional sculpture.

Because the light appears to come from the subject and not the fixture, objects, paintings, prints, and photos appear to magically glow with their own light.

Strip Lights

Accent lighting plays an essential role in contemporary lighting design, as it does in almost every decorative lighting genre.

Strip lights provide an excellent source of linear accent lighting that can compliment interior architecture, coves, cabinets, and furniture.

Regardless of their actual position, hidden linear lights introduce a floating effect that accentuates contemporary furnishings with subtlety and sophistication.

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