Can a surface mounted LED framing project display artwork effectively?
Surface-mounted LED art framing projectors are just as capable as in-ceiling projectors, built with the same lighting and optics technology. They can be used in various art displays, from residential to professional, and with LED technology, they are efficient and reliable.
The only difference between a surface mount LED art projector and an in-ceiling projector is visibility. Surface-mounted projectors aren’t concealed by the ceiling, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be concealed at all. With careful placement, most of the sight lines to the projector can be eliminated, allowing it to shine without being easily seen.
Phantom’s Surface Mount (SML) Series come with a couple advantages. For example:
Phantom’s other projector housings offer cost effectiveness and a simple installation, too, but the SML Series stands out in both regards. The impact the SML Series brings, though, goes beyond saving money and time.
LED framing projectors are the pinnacle of art lighting technology, and have been for many years. They can be found in homes, businesses, schools, museums and galleries. They can be used with paintings, photographs, sculptures and models. Art framing projectors aren’t limited because they are built for art displays, with features that include:
1. A powerful light engine – Phantom’s SML Series is built with Cree’s XHP70 high performance LED light engine. When properly binned, the XHP70 can output 150 lumens per watt, making it one of the most efficient and brilliant lights available. It can achieve this excellent efficiency and output without an increase in physical footprint, too, so it can be used in settings where space is at a premium. Put it all together, and it’s clear the XHP70 is the right choice for optical framing projectors.
2. A unique lighting effect – Unique is a word that gets used around a lot in lighting, but in this case, art lighting projectors do create an effect no other light can. Specifically, they generate no spill illumination. Spill is the excess light that extends beyond the subject’s edges, and it’s only good for illuminating the surrounding mounting surface. Even though this is a common sight in art displays, it distracts from the subject.
Optical framing projectors are designed to aim illumination only at the subject. This ensures maximum contrast between subject and wall/ceiling, and that makes the art pop off the wall. The result is a lit-from-within effect that no other art fixture can achieve.
3. Adjustability – A surface mount art projector wouldn’t offer much value if it was only compatible with a single subject. That’s why optical framing projectors are designed to be adjustable, so they can accommodate an entire collection of pieces.
Art framing projectors can be adjusted using a pair of shutters or with a custom cut template. Shutters are appropriate for square and rectangular-shaped art like paintings and photographs. A custom cut template is fabricated to fit complex curves and shapes, so they are effective with sculptures, installations and models. Both approaches are easy to adjust – the shutters only need to be opened or closed to allow more or less light, and a new template can be switched in for another subject.
Art framing projectors can also be used in tandem for oversized subjects, and shutters or templates can be used to screen out overlapping illumination. It’s possible, then, to achieve the lit-from-within look with a massive piece of art.
4. LED technology – In recent years, LED lighting has been improved upon to the point where its color rendering is similar to halogen’s. That was the remaining issue with LED illumination for a while, but with that hurdle out of the way, the technology is a clear favorite over other lighting options. It’s far more efficient, achieving watt-to-lumen ratios that exceed halogen by a factor of five or more. That means less energy is spent keeping the display lit.
LED lighting is extremely long-lived, with a rated performance of 50,000 hours or more. Compare that to halogen again, which lasts for a few thousand hours before it fails. More hours means fewer replacements, and fewer replacements means lower costs.
LED fixtures are controllable, too, and can be tied to dimmers, timers or motion controls. This makes lighting any display easy and convenient. Dimmers are also valuable for adjusting your display’s look until it’s just right.
A surface mount LED art projector is a powerful piece of lighting technology in an economic package. They may not be in the ceiling, but the effect they produce is so vivid that no one is going to notice the fixture.