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The trick to lighting crystals and gems is to direct the illumination exactly where it needs to go. Flooding a cabinet or set of shelves with bright illumination will only leave the specimens appearing dull. Aiming a high power fixture at a small part of the specimen will create a tiny, but noticeable reflection. This is what gives a specimen its sparkling, brilliant appearance, so the goal is to set up a number of small fixtures around every exhibit. That may sound like a lot of work, but it makes no sense to spend thousands on several beautiful specimens only to leave them under poor illumination.

Lighting crystals and gems is best done with 4000K color temperature LED fixtures, as they produce a bright white light source conducive to good color rendering. Designers will take into consideration the way the specimens are being displayed before setting up fixtures, and will be able to work with cabinetry, shelves, and pedestals, no matter their layout. A set of small recessed fixtures can provide needed illumination in a cabinet, as the underside of each shelf will provide enough space to accommodate the fixtures.

The lighting designers at Phantom have come up with the right system for a cabinet lighting, and the end result will be a sophisticated, crafted look that is usually only seen in museums.  Phantom manufactures a full line of LED cabinet lighting products that are perfect for lighting crystals and gems. For example, our Ultra HM series horizontal mount light strip comes with a variety of light trim options and other popular color temperatures.  In contrast, our Ultra VM series vertical mount light strips may be a better fit for your style cabinet depending on the space you have or reveals to hide the light.  Make sure that the hinges are not in the way preventing the use of a continuous light strip.

Illumination, like no other design element, is something that people are drawn to, and with measured use of it, a home or business owner can evoke any feeling they want in a space. Let the professional lighting consultants at Phantom Lighting help craft the perfect lighting for your crystal and gems by calling toll-free at 800-863-1184 or requesting a quote using our online form.

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