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Using a projector for art lighting purposes is catching on quickly among homeowners, and even interior designers are relying on it to create an impactful display. That’s no surprise, because no other technology can mimic an optical framing fixture’s ability to contour illumination to the subject.

The result is a glowing effect that may appear otherworldly to people the first time they see it, and that impact is sure to draw people into the painting. And that’s the point of sinking so much effort into a display.

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using a projector for art lighting

Using a projector for art lighting takes on a whole new meaning of visual enjoyment. Other art lights produce significant ceiling clutter and tend to illuminate too much of the wall around the art. Optical framing projectors are recessed into the ceiling or concealed by an architectural feature, so they are tough to notice even if someone knows they are there. All that’s visible is an innocuous cover plate, which can be set flush into the ceiling and painted over.

The real power in these fixtures, though, is how they can be shaped to the subject. With a set of adjustable masking shutters, which are ideal for square or rectangular paintings, or a hand cut brass templates which are better for sculptures or irregular shaped objects. The light can be shaped precisely to the edges of the subject. Nothing else will be illuminated, so all of the vivid colors and graceful shapes in the subject will be even more apparent matched up to its shaded surroundings. It is, in a word, commanding, and will grab people the instant they see the beautiful results.

Phantom LED Framing Projectors – Phantom has five various configurations each built for a different and specific purpose and all are IC Rated for use with insulated ceilings.

The Phantom RML SeriesRemodeler 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 Phantom FFL SeriesFloat 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 Phantom NCL SeriesNew 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 Phantom TAL SeriesTop 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 Phantom SML SeriesSurface 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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