How To Use A Surface Mount Art Projector

A surface mount art projector is a flexible, powerful way to light paintings, tapestries, lithographs, photographs or anything else on display. They are typically used to show off wall-mounted subjects, but they can also be effective for sculptures, models, books and pottery.

Surface mount fixtures are not installed inside a wall or ceiling. Instead, they are adhered to a surface and require minimal work to place. This keeps installation costs and efforts to a minimum, and preserves the area surrounding the fixture. Surface mount art fixtures perform just as well as recessed fixtures, utilizing the same sophisticated LED technology that makes Phantom Lighting’s projectors some of the best display fixtures on the market.

How can these fixtures be used for display purposes?

Phantom Lighting’s surface mount art projector is known as the SM series, and it is one of the few exposed display fixtures that Phantom offers. Though the SM series is exposed, it is still compact and unassuming enough that it won’t distract attention from the subject. It can be placed in inconspicuous spots to reduce its visible presence even further.

The SM series can be attached to a ceiling, a wall, or any other flat surface, as long as it can be aimed at the subject. For example, if there is a clear angle toward the subject, the SM can be installed on top of a tall piece of furniture, like a cabinet or grandfather clock. In some cases, the light may not even be visible from most angles, and only becomes evident if a person gets a bird’s eye view of the space. This method is also effective at reducing glare off the subject since furniture tends to be placed along the edges of a room. If the surface mount art projector fires from one side of the room, the glare will bounce off sharply to the side and remain out of sight from most viewing angles.

Like Phantom Lighting’s other optical framing fixtures, the SM series is ETL certified and made with top of the line materials. The fixture is made with lightweight, durable aluminum and is on an arm capable of nearly 360-degree rotation. And with a 120V step-down transformer, the light will be protected against short circuits and overlapping. The light inside the SM is a high performance CREE XHP LED source, which is one of the most powerful LED products in the world.

The SM series can also be fitted with a mask to shape the light to the subject. Too much spill lighting can distract from a painting and overwhelm people with too much illumination. With a mask, the light will be confined to the subject and only illuminate the face of the painting. It’s an effect that few other lights can duplicate, making Phantom’s surface mount art projectors a favorite for homeowners.