Although a homeowner may not realize it when they first picked the piece out, illuminating fine art can be tricky, but there are many traditional picture lights available to make the task easier. Any fixture can fill the space up with bright illumination if there are enough of them, but it takes a delicate, subtle touch to give the artwork the stage it deserves. Homeowners often underestimate how much of an impact a fixture can have on the art. The wrong illumination source will make it impossible to see the true colors in the painting while the right choice can almost make the subject appear alive.
Incandescent, halogen and LED lamps are found in nearly all traditional picture lights, though even they don’t behave the same. Incandescent illumination is some of the warmest available, outputting a range of yellow and orange tones. This can make a painting with similar colors appear more vibrant, but it will distort blues and greens. LED illumination will soon be a fixture of choice, as it is efficient and safe to use around art, but it can’t quite match halogen lighting in terms of color rendering.
In general, it is best to set up fixtures that are around three times as intense as ambient illumination in the home. This will be strong enough to neutralize the effects of ambient light on the art, but not so bright that it creates a lot of glare. An illumination expert can help a homeowner achieve this ratio. Fine art is a significant investment, and displaying it without the right fixtures is a waste. Don’t let that happen. Speak to the experts at Phantom Lighting to avoid leaving your art in the dark.