LED recessed art lighting is powerful enough for sophisticated art displays, and compact enough to remain unobtrusive. Recessed lighting, in the form of framing projectors, is already the pinnacle of art illumination, and with modern LED lighting technology, it’s even more effective.
Unsurprisingly, art collectors, galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian and the Sistine Chapel, are rapidly adopting the technology.
Contour framing projectors have traditionally been fitted with halogen sources for optimal color rendering and because they can be scaled down enough in size to fit in a ceiling. LED lighting has struggled with both in the past, but no longer. Lighting engineers have developed LED fixtures to the point where they can be integrated into compact fixture designs. Further, LED recessed art lighting can achieve the coveted 90+ rating on the color rendering index, or CRI.
If designed and installed properly, a contour framing projector is practically invisible, even during operation. A compact housing design makes this possible, so LED contour projectors can now offer the same low visibility design that property owners and venues look for. This improves the display’s appearance and keeps the space from feeling cluttered with high-end lighting.
This compact design, though, doesn’t require a sacrifice in power. In fact, some LED recessed art lighting leverages high performance LEDs, like the Cree XHP series. Cree’s XHP lights are among the brightest LEDs on the market, if not the brightest. According to the company, its XHP lights can throw 284 lumens per square millimeter, which is one of the highest marks in the industry. This brilliance is perfect for art displays, where better lighting means better subject rendering.
A concern some property owners have with recessed lighting is their safety. Do they represent a fire hazard given their proximity to ceiling insulation and other heat-sensitive materials?
Fortunately, there’s no need to worry about safety with many LED contour projectors, for two reasons:
Delicate art is adversely affected by heat and UV radiation, both of which are products of most forms of lighting technology. Museums and galleries take great pains to keep their irreplaceable subjects safe from both, sometimes by limiting how much light the subject is exposed to.
LED lighting does not generate significant heat, so it’s safe for the building, safe for its occupants and safe for any artwork. Further, LED fixtures emit minimal UV radiation, so they can be targeted at the subject for longer, without aging it as quickly. This has been a major draw for museums and galleries, as LED lighting is helping them preserve their valuable exhibits.
Contour projectors can be built into one of several housings, depending on where they are going and how they will be used. Phantom’s LED recessed art lighting, for example, can be integrated into one of four housings, each one IC-rated. Those housing options include:
LED recessed art lighting takes the proven framing projector and enhances it with LED technology. The result is a reliable, indiscreet fixture that can breathe new life into any subject.