There are many different lighting solutions available for the person looking for that perfect football display case.
Lighted display cases are eye-catching, high-quality cases that can prominently illuminate your most meaningful gridiron keepsakes. These lights can brighten up the interior of any case with an alternating pattern or a steady beam.
A perfectly-illuminated display shelf is the perfect way to permanently store, preserve and showcase a football autographed by a favorite player. It’s also perfect for displaying trophies and other memorabilia relating to the old glory days.
In either case, preserving that high-value football with the stars’ names on it or the highly-cherished pigskin with a sentimental attachment in a perfectly-lit display case will keep it from aging with the passage of time.
There are a few considerations that must be factored in when thinking about a lighting solution for the display case:
Exactly how much natural light there is around the case will be valuable in determining what type of lighting option to go with. If the display will be in a spot without natural light, then a stronger illumination system will likely be needed. If the area is usually well-lit, then a lighting solution involving a lesser light source is probably best.
These are the most-used types of showcase lighting solutions for football memorabilia display cases:
Style Plays an Important Role in Lighting Solutions
Besides the lighting, the football’s owner must decide exactly what style of display case they want. That in turn can then help them determine the best light source. Wood and clean, thick Acrylic are considered the top two types of designs. A lot of the cases have a sturdy, wooden bottom and a holder inside the interior to house the football right in the middle as the centerpiece item. Acrylic display cases are effective for allowing viewing from all sides.
Measuring both the interior and exterior of the case is important to ensure the football fits properly, along with any additional memorabilia for display. Knowing the width, height, and length of the inside and the outside of the display case will be needed to choose the proper light source.
Here are some of the most popular types of football display cases that may or may not include lighting:
For the lighting to be effective, it must correspond with the different designs of the case. A lot of the cases already have lights built in, but they may not feature the ideal lighting option. A lot of LED cabinet lighting solutions are adjustable, making them ideal for nearly any case.
Display Case Size Helps Determine Ideal Lighting Options
The lighting solution options for a football display case can vary, which is why it is best to speak with a lighting designer. These professionals can determine the best option for each case and the items on display.
While the ideal lighting solution can vary depending on the size and shape of the case, the football, or other items, the professionals will be able to take every aspect of the display into consideration and provide the ideal effect.
For example, an upright trophy case so the ball can stand with the laces facing forward like it is on a kicking tee would call for the lights to be lined up vertically almost beside the football. For a rectangle box-type display case, where the ball is sitting, either in a holder or on an elevated perch, like it is on the ground waiting to be snapped, the lights would be put in horizontally for the ultimate visibility.
Some bigger display cases with wooden or thicker ceilings can also have the lights installed in them to provide top lighting. The beam shines directly down on whatever is below. This type of light would reflect differently off a tall trophy than a football. For these types of cases, there are additional options and considerations.
All serious football collectors know if they want their cherished ball to withstand the test of time, they must have a high-quality display case with the perfect type of illumination. Most footballs cannot be restored from issues due to fading, discoloration, or aging, so the only way to avoid having any of those problems is to display the football with lighting that won’t damage it.
Avoiding Reflections and Glare in an Acrylic or Glass Display Case
A bad glare on the display case can negatively affect any beautifully curated collection of sports memorabilia. Phantom’s adjustable shelf lighting can be installed to avoid glare, like you see in the photo above.
Next time you add a piece of sports memorabilia to your collection, the team at Phantom Lighting would be happy to help you come up with a plan to properly display it – just give us a call toll-free at 800-863-1184.