Things To Consider When Lighting A Football Display Case

There are many different lighting solutions available for the person looking for that perfect football display case.

Lighted display cases are eye-catching, high-quality cases that can prominently illuminate your most meaningful gridiron keepsakes. These lights can brighten up the interior of any case with an alternating pattern or a steady beam.

A perfectly-illuminated display shelf is the perfect way to permanently store, preserve and showcase a football autographed by a favorite player. It’s also perfect for displaying trophies and other memorabilia relating to the old glory days.

In an either case, preserving that high-value football with the stars’ names on it or the highly-cherished pigskin with a sentimental attachment in a perfectly-lit display case will keep it from aging with the passage of time.

There are a few considerations that must be factored in when thinking about a lighting solution for the display case:

  • Will all inscriptions and logos on the ball be clearly visible?
  • Is the lighting distributed evenly?
  • Is the detail on the ball good from all views?
  • Can the light exposure hurt the material of the ball in any way?

Exactly how much natural light there is around the case will be valuable in determining what type of lighting option to go with. If the display will be in a spot without natural light, then a stronger illumination system will likely be needed. If the area is usually well-lit, then a lighting solution involving a lesser light source is probably best.

These are the most-used types of showcase lighting solutions for display cases:

  1. Microfluorescent – These fixtures are meant to give any display case lighting from the sides. They are linkable, easy to install, and will give your football display case a beautiful, bright interior glow.
  2. LED fixtures – LED lights strips are placed on the sides of the display case for total illumination. For a football display, they may even be the preferable option because they are a bit less intrusive and more low-profile a than microflourscent system. An LED light strip or light bar will provide that bright, evenly-distributed light source throughout the entire display case. They also give off very little heat, so they are temperature-sensitive and will help keep the color in the football from fading. LED fixtures can also be paired with dimmer switches, giving the homeowner complete control over the lighting intensity.
  3. Halogen – The glow from these types of lights make them perfect to use as spotlights, which may be the best lighting solution for an extremely large football display case. Halogen is best for duplicating natural light, but the bulbs get hot, so they need to be at a further distance to avoid damaging the items on display.
  4. Xenon – These lights are well-known for their color-rendering capacity. They generally produce a warm white light source and their-under cabinet (or display case) lights are cooler than halogen sources. They do that by using electrodes that charge gasses inside of a bulb instead of flowing to a filament tube that heats up and then glows for light. Xenon bulbs are also dimmable.

Style Plays an Important Role in Lighting Solutions

Besides the lighting, the football’s owner must decide exactly what style of display case they want. That in turn can then help them determine the best light source. Wood and clean, thick Acrylic are considered the top two types of designs. A lot of the cases have a sturdy, wooden bottom and a holder inside the interior to house the football right in the middle as the centerpiece item. Acrylic display cases are effective for allowing viewing from all sides.

Measuring both the interior and exterior of the case is important to ensure the football fits properly, along with any additional memorabilia for display. Knowing the width, height, and length of the inside and the outside of the display case will be needed to choose the proper light source.

Here are some of the most popular types of football display cases that may or may not include lighting:

  • Horizontal
  • Upright
  • Rectangle
  • Wall mounted
  • Octagon
  • Upright octagon
  • Wall mounted with 8-x-10 backdrop
  • Wall mounted upright
  • Wall mounted with engraving plate
  • Wall mounted with 5-x-7 backdrop and engraving plate

For the lighting to be effective, it must correspond with the different designs of the case. A lot of the cases already have lights built in, but they may not feature the ideal lighting option. A lot of lighting solutions are adjustable, making them ideal for nearly any case.

Display Case Size Helps Determine Ideal Lighting Options

The lighting solution options for a football display case can vary, which is why it is best to speak with a lighting designer. These professionals can determine the best option for each case and the items on display.

While the ideal lighting solution can vary depending on the size and shape of the case, the football, or other items, the professionals will be able to take every aspect of the display into consideration and provide the ideal effect.

For example, an upright trophy case so the ball can stand with the laces facing forward like it is on a kicking tee would call for the lights to be lined up vertically almost beside the football. For a rectangle box-type display case, where the ball is sitting, either in a holder or on an elevated perch, like it is on the ground waiting to be snapped, the lights would be put in horizontally for the ultimate visibility.

Some bigger display cases with wooden or thicker ceilings can also have the lights installed in them to provide top lighting. The beam shines directly down on whatever is below. This type of light would reflect differently off a tall trophy than a football. For these types of cases, there are additional options and considerations.

All serious football collectors know if they want their cherished ball to withstand the test of time, they must have a high-quality display case with the perfect type of illumination. Most footballs cannot be restored from issues due to fading, discoloration, or aging, so the only way to avoid having any of those problems is to display the football with lighting that won’t damage it.

5 Reasons That Display Cabinet Lighting Fixtures Do the Best Job

Why do so many people believe that display cabinet lighting fixtures do the best job? There are a variety of reasons. The main reason that all will agree with is how they look. They can transform a cabinet and the items displayed there. The cabinet can become a focal point for the room that it is in, and make the space itself more attractive. The lighting can showcase valuable art pieces, family heirlooms, or simply highlight the personal taste of the owner. Continue reading “5 Reasons That Display Cabinet Lighting Fixtures Do the Best Job”

Lighting Mineral Collections Using LED Fixtures

Lighting mineral collections using LED offers a few challenges, but when executed correctly, the effect will be incredible. Geological samples can be some of the best, and most difficult things to illuminate. They are a challenge because every sample is unique and coming up with a uniform solution is tough. The lighting system needs to be highly precise, as evenly spread illumination will take the life out of the subject and make it appear dead. However, when illuminated properly, the samples will sparkle brilliantly and appear extremely vivid.

The most important thing to keep in mind when lighting mineral collections using LED is placement. It’s best to find a few spots on every sample that stand out, such as a patch of crystal, well-defined angles, or interesting patterns. Focus on these areas with an intense spot of illumination, and they will be brought out clearly. And though it’s not as important, color temperature will also have an impact on the subject’s appearance. Geological samples come in a huge range of colors, so it is best to match them up with a color temperature that brings out the best. Some wake up under intense white illumination, while others almost glow under yellow-orange or bluer hues. Working with samples that require different color temperatures to stand out can be difficult, though, so it is always best to hire an expert to help out with the process.

How To Use In Cabinet Lighting For Display Furniture

How To Use In Cabinet Lighting For Display FurnitureIn cabinet lighting is often overlooked by homeowners, but it can add a touch of beauty that other forms of illumination cannot. In fact, once installed, many homeowners won’t ever be able to go without it again, as it brings much more than just simple illumination to a room. This technology is focused on aesthetics, providing an accent of light and a drop of color. At night, it can provide just enough glow to see, but not enough to become harsh. It makes it an ideal night lamp and a soothing addition to a bedroom or den.

How does in cabinet lighting work?

The primary reason homeowners opt for this form of illumination, though, is to show off a collection of books or mementos. Display furniture, with its alcoves and shelves, tends to fade into the darkness at night. Any items stored on the shelves will be impossible to see in the dark, making the furniture nothing more than something to stub a toe on. Huge pieces of display furniture can be imposing at night, adding an air of discomfort to a room. This form of illumination can solve these problems by injecting some life into the furniture.

What kinds of in cabinet lighting does Phantom offer?

Phantom offers three lines of display furniture illumination, each available in several designs to accommodate any display furniture. The Classic is Phantom’s most economical option and consists of xenon lamps that mimic the color tones of incandescent bulbs. Incandescent fixtures are prized for their warm, soft rays, but incandescent fixtures are extremely inefficient. Xenon lamps can give the same warm radiance without the wasted power.

Phantom’s Elite and Ultra lines are LED fixtures, and both represent the best fixtures designs on the market. The Elite creates 67 lumens of illumination per linear foot.  The Ultra pumps out an incredible 240 lumens of radiance per linear foot. Both offer all of the illumination needed to display anything a homeowner wants to present, from antique books to intricate artwork to precious photos. When hooked up to dimmer switches, they can be set at any brightness level a homeowner desires so they can be brought up during the evening and softened when it’s time for bed.

All three lines can be customized to fit in any piece of furniture seamlessly. Phantom places a huge emphasis on concealing the fixture because this is the only way to eliminate harsh glare. Phantom also offers a proprietary adjustable shelving design that can’t be found anywhere else. Using an ingenious combination of buss bars, brass contact pads and a concealed transformer, Phantom’s adjustable shelving fixtures can be rearranged at a moment’s notice. While competing fixtures have to be rewired by a professional every time the furniture shelving is rearranged, Phantom’s adjustable shelving design can work with any configuration.

This form of illumination may seem excessive, but once installed, the homeowner is sure to fall in love with its grace and beauty.

LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting Fixtures, Strip Lighting, Low Voltage Linear Xenon Lighting Strips.

Linear strips provide an ideal source of jewelry display lighting. They offer a concealed physical presence combined with evenly distributed illumination that is excellent for showcasing collections of jewelry laid out on pedestals or cloth backings. Using low voltage cabinet lighting strips in jewelry display cases with mirrored back planes is generally not advised, though, because the mirror will reflect an image of the fixture and reflective glare back into the eyes and distract attention away from the merchandise.

Cabinet strip lights also provide jewelry displays with a versatility of lamping options and light levels that can be fine-tuned to fully accent the visual qualities of both the type and substance of jewelry on display. Different bulbs create different types of light, and the choice of which type of lamp to install in your linear strip depends greatly on the size of your showcase, the type of jewelry you are displaying, and the color of the background you use.

Jewelry display lights require heavy glare shielding that will angle the light toward the merchandise and reflect only enough light back into the eyes to make it sparkle. The remainder of the light should evenly “wash” over the surface of metal and gemstones, showcasing contours, cuts, and any engravings over the surface.

The more three-dimensional its appearance is, the more valuable a piece of jewelry appears to the eye. Too much accent lighting will flatten the appearance of gold, diamonds, and silver pieces by casting startling “white” spots on their surfaces. Too little light, on the other hand, will fail to add the necessary sparkle that is essential to high-ticket merchandising.

For these reasons, it is almost always best to use a low-voltage linear lighting strip that has user-friendly dimmer controls that will allow you to adjust your jewelry display lights to the precise level necessary to showcase a given piece or collection of items. One advantage this offers you is the ability to use the same show case for different pieces on a rotating basis and simply turn the lights up or down when you set up a new display.

Low voltage lighting systems are also a great power saver that help will minimize your overhead. Especially if you are own a small, family store, cost effective lighting can make your facility look high-end and one of a kind without the burden of high expenditures.

As for the actual bulb types used in jewelry display lighting, much of your choice depends on the style and colors of the items on display. Fluorescent lights, long-valued for their power saving value, are used much less than they were in the past. Other forms of low voltage lighting have become competitive with fluorescent in terms of reduced power costs, and these other bulb types tend to produce better types of lighting as well. High-ticket merchandise generally requires a light source more appropriate to its dimensions and color than fluorescent is normally able to deliver.

Pearls, silver, and light colored jewelry such as opal look exquisite under incandescent lamps that bring out the whites, off whites, and the glint of 14K gold. For warmer colors like those seen in an emerald or sapphire, a more robust light source makes for an even better source of jewelry display lighting. Either low voltage xenon lighting, which cast something of a “golden” aura around the subject, or specialty LED strip lights available in a multitude of colors will enhance both the darker colors and multi-dimensional appearance of exquisitely cut, rare jewelry.

Phantom display light strips feature all the necessary technical elements required for optimal jewelry display lighting, and they also provide the added benefit of customization. Phantom custom-manufacturers each individual lighting strip precisely to the dimensions of your jewelry display, and your Phantom Lighting Agent works with you to determine which bulb type(s) will be most effective for specific showcases.

Phantom lighting strips are low-voltage and fully dimmable, and they come in six different series models. Each series features patented glare shielding and proprietary lamping designs that creates a bright, yet soft field of light with minimal reflection but just enough shine to precious metals and gemstones sparkle.

Our US lighting agents work with retail managers, distributors and lighting consultants to help them choose both the series type and appropriate bulb types essential tor high-end jewelry display lighting. Agents work throughout North, Central, and South America and offer their consultations as a courtesy to our clients.

Contact us Toll-Free 1-800-863-1184 to speak to an Agent now about your retail, display, and jewelry showcase lighting needs. We invite you to request literature or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.