A homeowner that learns how to focus art lights will be in a good position when it is time to place fixtures for a display. Every display has to contend with glare and shadows to some extent, and how the fixtures are adjusted to compensate for them will determine the overall quality of the display.
If glare is present from most standard viewing angles, it will effectively render the painting invisible from normal viewing range. Shadows are also a pain because they affect the look of the painting and cannot be avoided by looking at the subject from a different angle. It is, therefore, important to eliminate these two annoyances from the equation.
This is easier said than done. When fixtures are in the ceiling, particularly in high ceilings, the angle at which the beam strikes the painting will force glare down into the viewer’s face. Offsetting the fixtures so that they cast glare off to the sides can prevent it from becoming a problem. If there is a deep frame or other object casting shadows, the fixture can, again, be offset to neutralize them.
An illumination expert will know how to focus the art lights just right to minimize the presence of glare and shadows. An expert will also know which fixtures will work best in a given setting, so it is always a good idea to consult with the professionals at Phantom Lighting before beginning the project.