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Lighting multiple objects of art from one light source is difficult without the right technology, but with the right fixtures, it is possible to illuminate several subjects at once without creating an annoying amount of glare or overhead clutter. And this is normally the problem as homeowners typically rely on fixtures such as track lighting, and that just washes the entire space with illumination, not rendering the best look for the display.

There is a better approach to lighting multiple objects of art from one light source, though. Optical framing projectors are a common choice for creative applications because they offer strong, direct illumination using a halogen source that produces near-perfect color rendering. If the projector is fitted with a cut metal slide that blocks all the illumination between subjects, so only the paintings will be illuminated. Although it’s a simple process, it does require precision equipment to produce the apertures through which the beam is cast.

It’s worth it, though, as the projector will minimize the amount of illumination in the space while still intensely illuminating each painting. This contrast will mystify people and make them wonder where such precision work could be coming from. And because the projector is installed in the ceiling, it won’t create the kind of distracting clutter that bulky exposed fixtures produce. It’s as clean as it gets, and will only add to an already spectacular effect.