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There are a few standard methods to lighting framed art, though one method has become a favorite among illumination designers and installers. Surface-mounted track fixtures are still popular, as well as recessed halogen cans, and both are in homes and galleries around the world.

Recessed contour projectors, though, have become the top choice for any high-end installation and are made specifically for illuminating various creative subjects and lighting framed art. There are many advantages to the Phantom LED framing projector if you are looking for the best way to light your artwork.

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Lighting framed art with an LED contour projector is the best solution in nearly any setting. A contour projector is installed inside the ceiling and finished with a discreet cover plate. It is built flush with the ceiling and only needs a small aperture to fire the LED beam through, so it’s the most subtle and streamlined fixture available. LED contour projectors are also more reliable when it comes to producing an even spread of illumination, and their LED light engines are the best on the market for rendering color and intensity. The difference between a LED fixture and a halogen light source is enormous, as it will bring out the true colors in the subject.

Contour projectors are most prized for their ability to produce a unique look that other fixtures cannot manage. Prior to installation, the projector is fitted with a masking method that allows the installer to shape the light to fit the art. This consists of either a hand cut template for multiple objects or irregular shapes or a set of adjustable shutters for squares or rectangular shaped art. The unique mask confines the illumination to the subject’s edges, which means no spill illumination on the surrounding wall. The high contrast makes the subject appear more saturated and vibrant; a stark effect that only a contour projector is capable of producing.

If we can help with your art lighting project or answer any questions about our series of LED contour projectors, give us a call toll-free at 800-863-1184 or request a quote using our online form. Or if you prefer, sign up for our monthly newsletter and we will keep you up-to-date on new product launches, resources, and more.


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