Homeowners that settle for cheap art lighting will need upgrades before long, which is why illumination designers recommend opting for premium fixtures from the outset. In the world of illumination, homeowners get what they pay for, and it will be obvious when the display can’t perform to standard. And rest assured anyone who visits will notice too, or even worse, they won’t even see the display. Low-quality fixtures are notorious for producing weak, unreliable illumination, and they have a tendency to fade into the background, along with what they are supposed to be drawing attention to. All of that is to say, choose superior fixtures to begin with, and the display will be a showstopper right away.
What kind of art lighting upgrades should a homeowner consider?
If a homeowner is relying on ambient illumination to display a painting or sculpture, they will be disappointed. Standard ceiling mounted fixtures, even intense ones, are not capable of directing enough illumination toward the subject, and are too dim to help anything stand out. Their job is improving visibility, and that’s it. They can’t be aimed, can’t be shaped, and can’t render color satisfactorily. No wonder, then, that paintings and sculptures placed under standard fixtures will appear flat and lifeless.
There are, fortunately, many ways to improve a display. Illumination designers have a number of advanced fixture technologies on hand, like track and recessed fixtures. These fixtures will improve the display’s aesthetic, boost the level of illumination around the subject, and effectively frame them. People are drawn in with contrast, and anything that is under intense illumination will naturally stand out in a home. Think of it this way, there is only one reason something would be under a bright fixture, and that’s because it is important. People have been trained to think this way about illumination, so it makes sense to use this to the display’s advantage.
So, what art lighting upgrades can maximize this tendency? Optical framing projectors thrive on producing an extreme degree of contrast and are gaining favor among homeowners for that reason. Optical framing projectors are installed in the ceiling or mounted in an elevated, concealed position. They are built with robust aiming components, so they can be precisely aimed and focused on a subject of any size or shape. But, unlike other fixture options, they can be designed to contour to the subject, and not just hit it with a pool of illumination.
Contouring the illumination means confining it to the subject, making sure it doesn’t bleed onto surrounding surfaces. In effect, the only thing that is brightened up is the subject itself, which can lead people into thinking it is glowing. It’s something that most people have never seen before, so when they witness the effect for the first time, they will be drawn in immediately. That alone will be worth making significant art lighting upgrades.