There are plenty of high-end light fixtures that can be used to display art, but they don’t all work in the same settings. A lot of homeowners make the mistake of selecting a product before they are familiar with how art displays work, and the results can be extremely frustrating to deal with. If a homeowner speeds through the process, they may end up with a product that doesn’t look right or isn’t compatible with a particular painting or sculpture. And reversing course on a set of lamps is another issue, an issue that can cost a homeowner a lot of money and time.
How are high-end light fixtures used to display art?
The purpose of art displays is to make the subject stand out from its surroundings. The most effective way to do this is with intense illumination that frames the art. In general, experts aim to create art illumination that is around three times greater than ambient illumination. At this level of intensity, the illumination is not so bright that it washes out the subject’s color or overwhelms observers. However, it is still bright enough to stand out and provide a point of visual emphasis for a space. If need be, a design expert can bring down the level of ambient illumination in a room so that the art lamps aren’t so powerful.
However, powerful illumination is just one part of the equation. Art lamps also have to be aimed and positioned properly. For example, recessed cans can either be placed above the art or at an angle away from the art. Some technologies, like wall washers, can be beneath the subject. These three options alone provide several looks, and a homeowner will have to decide on which they like the most. Wall washers and down cans create columns of illumination that usually cast shadows around a painting. Some people don’t like the look the shadows create, while others appreciate the dramatic impact they have. Angled recessed lamps, like optical framing projectors, are aimed at the face of the subject and illuminate it evenly. With strong directional illumination, a painting of any size or shape can be displayed nicely.
High-end mounted light fixtures differ from recessed lamps in that they are inside the ceiling or wall. Instead, they are mounted directly to the surface, so the entire apparatus is visible. Some homeowners don’t like exposed lamps while other appreciate the aesthetic they provide. It’s strictly a homeowner’s preference. Mounted technologies, though, tend to be more economical and flexible because they can be aimed in any direction.
Even though much of the decision will come down to a homeowner’s preferences, an expert can pair these preferences with technically superior products, creating the ideal look.