Picture frame lighting is an exploding market with a variety of options available to today’s home collector. When installed and wired correctly, contemporary and traditional picture frame lights accentuate the color, form, and style of fine artwork. New technology and specialty lighting for picture frames offer even more added value for paintings and for three-dimensional artwork. Phantom Lighting both provides knowledgeable insights into the best methods of picture frame lighting and the newest technology in art projectors that delivers even more options for aesthetics and custom-lighting schemes than ever before.
When purchasing picture frame lights, it is very important to consider total wattage output, voltage, and heat resultant from the lighting. Picture frame lights can damage fine works of art if they burn too hot and remove moisture from textiles and oil paints. Moisture loss in turn leads to cracking and deterioration that can both damage the look and longevity of the piece. Low voltage picture frame lights are usually the preferred choice among art collectors these days because of their small size and high level of output. However, they generate heat that can be a hazard to fine art. Choosing the right lights is therefore somewhat complicated, as heat is the main determining factor. Lighting design companies normally handle this for homeowners by installing switched outlets behind the art to conceal unsightly cords and to mount the fixtures properly on top of the frame. Picture frame lights also work well to illuminate library bookcases and other forms of art using direct mount wall attachments. However, the cost of special configuration can quickly add up if the modifications are anything more than basic.
With today’s emerging technology in projector lighting, picture frame lights are quickly gaining the reputation as a low-cost alternative to more advanced and versatile lighting methods. However, the nuisance of bulb replacement is another variable many people neglect to factor into their daily lives. Tubular lamps commonly used in over the picture lights have a short lamp life of 1000 hours that can be that can be difficult to change or reach depending on the location of the art. When one compares the variable cost of labor, maintenance, and replacement to the fixed price of a single device that will do it all, it quickly becomes evident that Phantom Projectors, representing new and highly user-friendly technology, can outperform traditional picture frame lights and offer additional features no other lighting device deliver.
Phantom Lighting offers a number of Contour Projectors with multiple enclosures specifically designed for easy installation, multiple lighting settings, and special effects. Installed in ceilings above art collections, they are out of range of normal vision and for all practical purposes invisible to the viewing audience. With precise beam and illumination controls, they produce a magical luminescence that appears to come from within the art itself. This “lighting from within” effect adds a unique mystique and ambiance to any artwork that partly inspired the name “Phantom.” With easy to learn masking methods and multiple lens combinations, the Phantom Contour Projector can illuminate prints, photography, fine china collections and rare books, and priceless sculptures. For those who favor multiple genres and style, the Phantom is the most cost-effective and the most efficient investment to make, as it will fulfill traditional picture frame lighting requirements and add museum quality lighting effects to other forms of art – and even furniture and architecture – within the room.
Picture frame lights will always be with us and offer a specific, cost-effective benefit to a particular niche market. It is wise to strongly consider the Phantom Projector, however, when one considers a broader application with a fixed price point, greater longevity, and almost zero maintenance.