Every homeowner wants to be proud of the unique art lighting in their home, but it may be tough to know where to start. There are many fixture options on the market, and for those unfamiliar with how they work, it’s not easy to determine what they will look like once installed.
Most experts, though, agree that optical framing projectors are a highly effective way to get that unique art lighting look that most people have never seen before. Our image gallery is full of examples of unique art lighting using framing projectors.
That’s a big claim but, optical framing projectors offer the most unique art lighting options available. That’s because they are one of the few lighting fixtures that can be masked after installation, which allows for contoured illumination. Contoured illumination means the beam is shaped to the edges of the painting or sculpture, eliminating all spill illumination around the subject. As a result, there is a huge contrast between the subject and its surroundings, which will make the piece appear to pop off of the wall. Someone seeing the display for the first time may be caught off guard as the subject will appear to be glowing.
Phantom’s LED optical framing projectors can be ordered with adjustable shutters for square or rectangular subjects, or with a custom cut template for sculptures and other uniquely shaped subjects. In both cases, the masking effect is the same – one where spill lighting is absent. No matter where the projector is placed, even off center of the art, it will produce zero spill illumination and create the high contrast, lighted from within effect that Phantom is famous for.
Phantom’s optical framing projectors can be concealed almost completely (a small cover plate is the only evidence of the projector’s existence), that illusion can really be sold. All the mechanical aspects of the framing projector are contained with one of four unique recessed housings and one surface mount model for areas where space is limited.
Phantom Remodeler Projector 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 art lighting exclusive.
Phantom Float Finish Projector 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.
Phantom New Construction Projector 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.
Phantom Top Access Projector 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.
Phantom 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 decor.
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