Specialized art lighting techniques are the best way to get the most out of a display, as priceless paintings and sculptures can’t be properly displayed with a basic, off the shelf fixture. While there are several advanced approaches available, optical framing projectors are favored by many illumination experts. That’s because projectors offer a strong combination of subtlety and sophistication, creating a unique effect that most people don’t even know exists.
The best specialized art lighting techniques emphasize contrast, as this will make the subject stand out from its surroundings. Intense illumination is one way to do this, and framing projectors do offer a brilliant halogen beam, but projectors can also maximize contrast using a masking attachment. Masks, either in the form of adjustable shutters or a custom slide, are designed to shape a beam by blocking out the unnecessary parts. What’s left is the part of the beam that is aimed at the subject, so there is no spill illumination visible. This is a powerful effect that will immediately get attention, as the subject will act like a drop of brilliant, glowing color in a much darker space.
Even though this is an advanced approach to a display, in the hands of an experienced illumination designer it can be quickly set up for any layout. And it takes close to zero modification to the room, so a homeowner doesn’t have to worry about the projector leaving any marks behind. It will blend in perfectly and act as a seamless part of a sophisticated display.
Museums and galleries have been lighting fine art for centuries, but designers are still finding novel ways to do it all the time. Now, homeowners that want to get maximum impact from their display will need fixtures that do more than just fill the space with illumination. They will need a fixture that is customized to the subject. For this reason, optical framing projectors are becoming more and more popular. Projectors are made with the highest quality components and sources, and what’s more, these sources can be masked to fit a painting or sculpture perfectly.
Experts that specialize in lighting fine art will be able to use optical framing projectors with any subject, no matter its size, shape, or composition. If the subject is 30 feet long on one end, projectors can work with it. If the subject is a priceless oil painting that is centuries old, a projector is the safest option available.
These fixtures are typically mounted inside the ceiling and fire their beam through a small aperture that most people won’t notice. As the beam leaves the projector, it can be masked to any shape so that it emits in a precise pattern. Using this technique, the projector will not produce excess illumination that spills out from the subject’s boundaries. Instead, only the subject will be illuminated, producing a beautiful glow effect that no other fixtures can manage. It’s something that most people have never seen before, and that makes it a major step forward for display illumination.
With the right specialty art lighting, any display can be made into a unique work of art on its own, but it takes some expertise and planning. In recent years, high-quality fixture technologies have been added to the market, some of which are specifically formatted for displaying paintings and sculptures. And though they have been around for a while, many homeowners still haven’t heard about optical framing projectors, which are easily available online and can offer a look that most people haven’t seen before.
Optical framing projectors are among the most robust forms of specialty art lighting, mainly because they can focus a sharp beam of halogen illumination into nearly any space. When masked properly, they can produce shaped illumination that contours to the subject’s edges, illuminating the subject and the subject only. That produces a glowing effect that will make the subject stand out starkly from its surroundings. And halogen is the best form of illumination available when it comes to color rendering, so the true color hues in the subject will be represented faithfully. In fact, most of Phantom’s clients are surprised by the incredible vividness that an optical framing projector can impart into a painting or sculpture.
Put it all together, and it’s the most powerful way to represent all kinds of creative subjects, no matter the setting.
When it comes time to set up a display for a painting or a sculpture, the first people to call are the specialists in fine art lighting. It’s always exciting setting up fixtures for a new piece, but it’s always best to plan out the project before executing it. This will ensure the homeowner gets the best possible look for their display, and one that will last for many years. Professional designers will know just how to go about this, offering the best fixtures available and using them to their maximum potential.
Many homeowners don’t know where to start with display fixtures, but specialists in fine art lighting can step in and guide the process from the start. They can determine which fixtures will work best in the space, and show them off to a homeowner so that they know what to expect with the system. Once the fixtures have been selected, the designer will study the installation area to determine optimal placement. For example, Phantom Lighting’s optical framing projectors produce a unique look that is aided with concealment. When working with a framing projector, the designer will look for a spot that provides excellent cover while preserving the best aiming angle.
Installation will be comparatively quick and simple, and in a professional’s hands, it will be done flawlessly. And once a homeowner sees the end result, they will completely understand why a professional designer was the right choice.
Using optical framing projectors to illuminate art is a technique that lighting experts are starting to use for high end installations, and for good reason. These fixtures are extremely flexible and can be used with nearly any painting or sculpture in existence. That’s because they can be masked and adjusted in many ways, and even come in several models ideal for challenging settings. Additional flexibility comes with some extra considerations, though, which is something that a lighting expert can help with.
When using optical framing projectors to illuminate art, placement is a major concern. Even in large, square rooms, installing the fixture straight on will lead to a lot of glare right in front of the painting. Offsetting the fixture will take care of that, and is easily done with Phantom’s fixtures because they are designed with a rotating ring and a mounting cradle. Together, the cradle and ring allow for 360 degree movement and a vertical aiming angle of up to 55 degrees.
What really makes this technology such an attractive option, though, is the fact that they can be masked to produce shaped light. With a set of adjustable shutters or a cut metal slide, the fixture will produce a beam of light that contours to the edges of the piece. This eliminates spill and only lights up the subject, making it appear as if it is glowing. This effect can be achieved with multiple paintings at once as well, so a homeowner can produce a unique display no matter how large and complicated it may seem to be.
With the help of art lighting experts, a homeowner can get that perfect look for their display without putting up with a frustrating installation process. One of the reasons why homeowners stay away from advanced illumination systems is that they aren’t sure how to place the fixtures themselves, and they can’t find help from a professional they trust. Setting up premium fixtures, though, doesn’t have to be difficult, and with Phantom Lighting’s help, the end result will always be worth it.
Before setting up display fixtures, the art lighting experts with Phantom can consult with a homeowner and help them determine the best approach for their collection. Phantom can design a system for the homeowner, and guide them through the installation process, or install the fixtures themselves if need be. There are a couple common issues that come up when setting up Phantom’s premium display fixtures, specifically its optical framing projectors. Glare and poor illumination metering can be tough to overcome with the proper expertise, but Phantom knows exactly how to avoid them. And Phantom’s designers can assess every display setting and work with it, not against it.
But perhaps the most important reason for consulting with Phantom is its designers can help select the right projector for the home. That way, a homeowner doesn’t waste money on a fixture that doesn’t meet their needs.
The right art illuminations need techniques that make a huge visual impact. Many homeowners rely on the subject’s natural beauty to snag attention, but why make it harder than it has to be? Lighting can take an already gorgeous work and spark new life into it, turning back the clock and making the subject appear as if it was just created. Proper lighting will also improve the vividness of the piece and make it seem more vibrant.
Most expert designers have an eye for art illuminations, and their techniques are useful in a variety of settings. A homeowner may know how they want the display to look, but a lighting expert can make it happen. If there are any challenges during the installation, a professional can help fix the issue. For example, perhaps the building is older and made with resilient material like brick. It’s generally not possible to cut brick, so an expert may switch over to a mounted light instead, and one that produces the same look that the homeowner was hoping for. Also, a designer has trained their eye so that they can tell what optimal lighting looks like with a variety of subjects. This experience in hundreds of installations will be useful when helping a homeowner, ensuring the painting, sculpture or photograph is perfectly lit.
Experts have access to a vast number of techniques for lighting artwork, but they all approach the job the same way. The purpose of these fixtures is to frame the subject with illumination; helping it stand out from its surroundings and making it appear more vivid while preserving its true colors. Illuminating something as delicate as a painting or sculpture takes planning, as even the slightest mistake in the setup will produce a muddy or off-putting appearance. This is the reason art museums and galleries often enlist the help of illumination designers when setting up a new exhibit.
A homeowner can learn a lot reading up on common techniques for lighting artwork online. Eventually, though, the fixtures will have to be selected and placed, and this is when it can be helpful to visit museums or galleries to see how they do it. An illumination design firm can also provide detailed guidance, and they often have showrooms where homeowners can see each fixture in action. However, every space is different, so it is best to test the fixtures before cutting out holes and installing them. During a test, pay attention to any frame shadows and how the illumination strikes the face of the painting. If it’s the kind of look you want, consider bringing in a professional to place and angle the fixtures correctly. They can also adjust the overall level of illumination in the room to help the subject stand out even more, helping your painting or sculpture get the attention it deserves.
Contact Phantom Lighting for complimentary assistance with the best design and techniques for your precious artwork.
Setting up lighting for paintings can be an intensive task, but if done right, the fixtures will produce an amazing look. There are dozens of illumination options out there, which is why the planning part of the process is the most important. A surefire way to waste money on subpar fixtures is by quickly settling on a certain fixture for convenience’s sake or because it looks nice. However, if a homeowner keeps a few things in mind, they should have no trouble finding the perfect fixture for their project.
Heat and glare are the enemies of artwork, and when setting up lighting for paintings, neutralizing both should be considered a top priority. Heat warps canvas fibers and destroys oil pigments, and both will cause the subject to discolor in time. Glare does not pose a danger to the artwork, but it will take away from the subject’s appearance.
Heat issues can be avoided by spacing the fixture some distance away from the artwork. Recessed fixtures and fixtures mounted to the ceiling will be far enough away to prevent emitted heat from reaching the artwork. Glare is usually a problem when the fixtures are above eye level, but this can be avoided by proper fixture positioning or by installing a fixture that comes with a glare shield. Phantom’s optical framing projectors, for example, fire a precise halogen beam through a small aperture in the ceiling. The fixture’s discreet design and distance from the subject allows the focus to be on the artwork, while minimizing glare and damaging heat.
With the right art lighting experts on your side, it’s possible to display any creative subject, from a single painting to a collection of photographs or a sculpture. When setting up a new display installation, it’s important not to settle for basic fixtures, even if the subject is vivid and visually interesting. Any designer will tell you that no exhibit can bring people in by itself. That’s why museums and galleries focus so much of their effort on finding the right fixtures. When setup correctly, the right fixtures can add an incredible amount of visual interest to a piece.
The art lighting experts at Phantom are especially valuable if you’re having trouble selecting the right fixtures for your exhibit. Our professionals can help determine what will work best in terms of desired output, color rendering, and customizability. Some projects may only require a single frame mounted fixture, while others will need a sophisticated optical framing projector.
Phantom’s optical framing projectors are the most flexible in the industry and offer unparalleled illumination quality. Each projector uses halogen illumination, which is considered the best available for color rendering. The halogen beam is shaped to the subject so that there is no spill light. This is an underrated effect that few fixtures can duplicate, but once you see it, you’ll never be able to see your paintings the same way again. That’s because minimal spill illumination helps the subject pop off the wall and gain the attention it deserves.