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Although the tactics have changed a lot over the years, traditional art lighting is still essential for bringing out the best in every painting, photograph, sculpture or any other creative piece.

In fact, it is possible for homeowners to get a look that rivals museum and gallery exhibits, something that will be sure to draw attention from onlookers. To get there, though, takes some careful consideration and possibly a consultation or two with an illumination expert.

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Frame mounted fixtures are still a standard choice, though they are a risky form of traditional art lighting in many situations. Older oil canvases can break down quickly in the presence of excess heat, and this is something that incandescent and halogen fixtures both struggle with. For this reason frame mounted LEDs are becoming more popular, though LEDs still have a way to go when it comes to color rendering.

Halogen illumination was the best for displaying creative subjects, so recessed and ceiling mounted fixtures are usually the lighting of choice when working with paintings. Eyeball fixtures and wall washers have been around for a while, but they are still strong options for this purpose. However, they produce heat which is bad for art unless used with a UV filter to remove harmful rays.

Today, LED optical framing projectors are used for creative purposes as they offer a powerful combination of technical superiority and a unique look. Optical framing projectors, though, require careful planning in advance and technical skill to implement correctly, so a homeowner should consult with Phantom lighting before making a decision.

Phantom LED art projector models are built for a different and specific purposes. Here are the five types we offer:

The Remodeler Housing, which can be installed into existing ceilings without the need to patch and paint. It can even be installed between floors without having to patch or paint. This remodel housing designed for old work projects is a Phantom exclusive.

The Float Finish Housing is intended for a zero sight-line installation, which means it is built without a visible cover plate. The Float Finish model, then, is the least visible art lighting system on the market, and ideal for homeowners that want something inconspicuous.

The New Construction Housing is, unsurprisingly, designed for new construction and is perfect for high-end residential buildings. It is installed prior to sheetrock ceiling placement and is mounted to trusses or joists. The New Construction model is finished with a white cover plate to minimize visibility.

The Top Access Housing is designed for homes where there is no bottom access to the projector. The access panel is instead available from the attic, and only a small aperture is required to fire the projector’s beam through, similar to a Wendel installation technique.

The Surface Mount projector is designed for areas where a recessed model is not feasible or desired. Available in natural aluminum, white or black, the surface mount projector is perfect for blending into any décor.

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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