A surface mount art light is a strong option for nearly any display, though they do have to be aimed properly to produce the proper look. These fixtures are easier to install than most recessed fixtures and only have to attach to a ceiling or wall. Because they are not confined, surface mount art lights often have complete freedom of movement. This grants them a level of flexibility that recessed fixtures have trouble matching.
Some homeowners prefer the look of an exposed surface mount art light, as it can help establish the layout of a room, compliment the décor and direct people directly to the artwork as the focal point of the room. Perhaps the most popular surface mount art light is an optical framing projector like those from Phantom Lighting.
Another top option is Phantom’s SM series of optical framing projectors. Most of the projectors Phantom manufactures are recessed into the ceiling, but the SM series is attached directly to the ceiling. The SM projector is more economical than other projector options but can still be configured with masking attachments, dimmer controls, and special lenses or filters. With the SM projector, a homeowner can get a professional level installation for a fraction of the price and installation time.
A surface mount art light is a powerful piece of lighting technology in an sophisticated package. They may not be recessed in the ceiling, but the effect they produce is so vivid that no one is going to notice the fixture. You see them used quite often in contemporary spaces, condominiums, townhomes, apartments and in Mexico as surface mount art lights where concrete structures are prevalent.