Phantom’s LED art projector lighting is the most advanced form of residential fine art lighting in the world. It offers a new way of looking at art, no matter its shape or color, and does so in a compact, easily installed package. Further, with a high-performance LED engine and sophisticated optics in place, homeowners can finally capture lighting once reserved for professional displays.
Contour art projectors offer a sophisticated approach to display lighting, and they are a popular option for museums and galleries. They aren’t just reserved for professional venues, though, as LED art projector lighting can be easily installed in residential ceilings. In fact, installation can be handled without any special expertise and with basic tools. Most people believe that modern display lighting is something only available to the experts, but that’s not true. Homeowners can set up their own gallery-quality lighting in a single afternoon.
Installation is easy, but that’s only one reason to consider a contour projector. Here are some others:
1. Mesmerizing lighting effects – Nothing should distract from the subject, and Phantom’s LED art projector lighting won’t. That’s because a contour projector, when installed and configured properly, will not produce any glare or spill illumination. How is this possible?
Phantom’s art projectors offer excellent placement flexibility. They can be set in front of the subject, offset to the side or even placed far above the subject, if it is located in a room with high ceilings. This positional flexibility makes it easy to control glare, as the projector can be offset to bounce glare away from the observer. Light always bounces off of the subject at the same angle that it strikes the subject, so it’s simple to account for.
Spill illumination is also undesirable, as it lights up the surrounding wall rather than the subject. Spill may not seem like a major concern, but it flattens the subject out and keeps it from standing out from its environment. Phantom’s LED art projector lighting accommodates one of three masking attachments, eliminating spill and ensuring the subject, and only the subject, is illuminated. These masking attachments include adjustable shutters for paintings, a custom brass template for sculptures and other uniquely shaped work, and stainless steel gobos for dramatic lighting effects.
Combine one of those masks with a proprietary optical system, consisting of condensing and achromatic focal lenses, and the effect is something rarely seen in a residential setting. In short, the subject will appear as if it is lit from within or like it’s glowing. Even if you’ve had the art for decades, Phantom’s LED art projector lighting will show it off in a way never seen before.
2. Modern LED performance – LED lighting is currently the most promising development in the industry. LED lights have been around for decades, but only recently have they become a viable option for most applications. Now, LED fixtures can offer comparable or better performance than every other illumination technology on the market.
Halogen has long been the reigning champion of display lighting, as its color rendering capabilities are tough to overcome. High-performance LEDs, though, can achieve color rendering index, or CRI, values of 90 or greater, which means they are close to sunlight in representing color. While halogen still have a minute edge in this regard, the difference is something most people would never notice, and would be impossible to notice without a side-by-side comparison of LED and halogen.
LED art projector lighting also beats halogen in every other respect. High-performance LEDs last around 30,000 hours, compared to halogen’s 3,000 to 4,000. LEDs emit little heat and close to zero infrared or ultraviolet radiation, which means they are safe to use with any subject. That’s something that halogen cannot match. LEDs are also much more durable, energy efficient and controllable than halogen.
3. Multiple housing options – Phantom can incorporate its LED art projectors into one of four housing designs, each built for a different purpose.
Of particular note is Phantom’s Remodeler housing, which can be installed into existing ceilings without the need to patch and paint. It can even be installed between floors.
The Float Finish housing is intended for a zero sight-line installation, which means it is built without a visible cover plate. The Float Finish model, then, is the least visible art lighting system on the market, and ideal for homeowners that want something inconspicuous.
The New Construction housing is, unsurprisingly, designed for new construction and is perfect for high-end residential buildings. It is installed prior to sheetrock ceiling placement and is mounted to trusses or joists. The New Construction model is finished with a white cover plate to minimize visibility.
The Top Access housing is designed for homes where there is no bottom access to the projector. The access panel is instead available from the attic, and only a small aperture is required to fire the projector’s beam through.
It wasn’t easy developing a contour projector that uses an LED light engine instead of a halogen engine. The biggest hurdle was finding an LED that could provide superb performance while remaining efficient and compact enough for display applications.
Fortunately, improved LED technology is always in development. In this case, the introduction of high-performance LEDs like the Cree XHP-70 has made Phantom’s LED art projector lighting possible. Cree is among the most respected contributors to LED technology, and was the firm responsible for bringing the blue LED to the lighting market. Its XHP series leverages modern engineering techniques to maintain a compact form factor while providing unmatched intensity and precision. There’s nothing else like it on the market, and Phantom has modified its existing projector designs to accommodate it.
LED art projector lighting is a marvel of engineering and design. Combine the most advanced engineering techniques and Phantom’s decades of fixture design experience, and you have the pinnacle of art display lighting.