There is no single best art lighting fixture on the market, though optical framing projectors represent the most modern and creative approach to display illumination. Homeowners have a lot of system options to choose from when setting up a display, and every homeowner has their own priorities when it comes to executing display lighting. Continue reading “Choosing The Best Art Lighting Fixture For Displays”
Phantom Lighting’s optical framing projectors are designed to fit into any setting, and the New Construction, or NC, series is the choice when that setting is still being built. Specifically, this model is intended for use prior to installation of sheetrock, and comes with a set of mounting bars that can accommodate joist spacing up to 10 inches high and 24 inches wide. Continue reading “When Should The NC Series Be Installed?”
Lighting fixture catalogs have a wealth of information for homeowners looking to upgrade their display illumination. These product listings are an excellent first step for homeowners planning a project, and there are some valuable pieces of information a homeowner can pick up by looking through a listing. Armed with this info, a homeowner can speed up the selection process and ask more in depth questions during a consultation with a designer.
Most lighting fixture catalogs include pictures of the product, along with some technical specs. Phantom’s product listings are designed to be a comprehensive reference guide, offering a quick glance in the form of specifications and features, and more detailed looks at how the system can be positioned and customized.
However, even with some basic details and a photo or two, a homeowner can make some decisions about what system to look for. Does a particular product fit in with a home’s aesthetic? Is it classic, elegant or contemporary? Is it compatible with modern illumination technologies, like LED, or is it designed for older systems? Can it be aimed in multiple directions, or does it only fire up or directly down? How customizable is it? Can it be positioned and then aimed, or does it need to be aimed before positioning?
All important questions, and the answers will be different for each illumination source. It can seem like a lot of info to take in, but that info will help a homeowner make the right choice.
Homeowners are always looking for that perfect fixture for their artwork, and an optical framing light can be that technology that leaves a lasting impact. Artwork is meant to inspire, and to elevate the space it inhabits, but cheap fixtures will prevent it from reaching such heights. Hotspots and shadows can undermine a painting or sculpture’s appearance, so homeowners should always think quality when setting up an artistic display.
An optical framing light is designed for various artistic subjects, and can generally work with a painting or sculpture of any size or shape. It is normally concealed inside the ceiling, which can promote a minimalist aesthetic that pairs well with most subjects.
Although the major feature of these fixtures is that they can be masked in a way that contours their illumination to the subject. For example, a pair of adjustable shutters can be used to trim off excess illumination at the edges, while a custom metal slide can be produced for a sculpture. Once attached, the fixture will produce no spill illumination, brightening up only the subject and adding a lit from within effect. This powerful effect is something that most people have not seen before, and it is extremely stark, so it will not go unnoticed. And getting noticed is the whole point of placing art in the first place. These fixtures just make it stand out that much more.
With a powerful set of art lighting upgrades, a homeowner can get that display they have always dreamed of, one that looks like it jumped out of the pages of a magazine. Anyone who has been to a museum or gallery can attest to the impact that illumination can have on a painting or sculpture and that cannot be overstated. But finding the high-quality fixtures and installing them properly is another thing entirely. Fortunately, illumination designers can help find the perfect set of fixtures for a homeowner.
There are plenty of art lighting upgrades a homeowner can make over standard home illumination. Standard fixtures don’t provide the punch or precision that paintings and sculptures demand, so a display will require a boost if a homeowner wants to draw attention to their prized art pieces.
There are track fixtures, recessed fixtures, and fixtures that can be mounted to the subject itself. What many homeowners are finding, though, is that optical framing projectors offer a look that is unmatched by any other technology. Optical framing projectors are respected for their ability to contour the illumination to the subject, using a mask and a powerful halogen beam to align the illumination to the painting or sculpture’s edges. A projector is easy to install, and an expert can help with the placement. But what really sets these fixtures apart is the glow-like effect that emerges. The subject will appear to be lit from within, which is an effect worthy of the best galleries and museums in the world.
Professional fixture designers will be able to provide all the art lighting advice a homeowner needs to get a beautiful look, and can provide more than just guidance. Illumination itself can be used in a myriad of creative ways, and while a homeowner may know what they want in their head, designing and installing a fixture layout is entirely another thing. When people want a unique painting, they hire a painter. When they want special wedding photos, they hire a photographer. It only makes sense, then, to bring in a lighting design expert when setting up a display.
A designer’s art lighting advice starts the moment a homeowner wants to install quality fixtures. There are many fixtures to choose from, and some work better than others in certain settings, and with certain subjects. An experienced designer will be able to analyze what kind of space and painting or sculpture they are working with, and determine the best fixture for the display. Most designers have a showroom as well, which can help a homeowner visualize the fixtures prior to installation.
Fixture experts will also be able to optimize the display’s look by placing the fixtures where they work best, and installing them carefully. In all, the process is a quick one with an expert, and won’t be anywhere near as overwhelming as it might seem at first.
Art illumination is done with lights of all kinds, and with so many fixture options available, a homeowner may feel lost when setting up a display. That’s okay, because fixtures aren’t made to be intuitive to most homeowners, and thankfully there are always experts willing to help out. If a homeowner wants a truly unique aesthetic, though, and one that most people are not going to dismiss right away, then they should consider an optical framing projector. This sophisticated display technology is made just for paintings and sculptures, and can do special things with light.
Usually, art illumination is handled with lights that most people will recognize right away. Anyone who has been in a museum recently will know what a track fixture is, as well as a down recessed fixture. Most people, though, have never seen what an optical framing projector can do, but once they do, they’ll realize there is no better way to display paintings and other creative subjects.
Optical framing projectors are installed inside the ceiling, so there is little evidence that a fixture is even present. When switched on, a sharply focused halogen beam paints the subject with halogen illumination, and with either a pair of adjustable shutters or a metal slide, there is no spill. That means that the projector only aims at the subject, and not the wall it is mounted to. That may sound simple, but it creates a breathtaking effect that can best be described as a glow. It’s almost haunting in its beauty, and a flourish that is sure to generate conversation and compliments.
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.
With a projector, art lighting takes on a whole new meaning. Other fixtures produce significant ceiling clutter and tend to illuminate too much. 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 shutters, which are ideal for paintings, or a cut metal slide, which are better for sculptures, the illumination can be trimmed 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.
Lighting multiple objects of art from one light source is difficult without the right technology, but with the right fixtures, it is possible to illuminate several subjects at once without creating an annoying amount of glare or overhead clutter. And this is normally the problem as homeowners typically rely on fixtures such as track lighting, and that just washes the entire space with illumination, not rendering the best look for the display.
There is a better approach to lighting multiple objects of art from one light source, though. Optical framing projectors are a common choice for creative applications because they offer strong, direct illumination using a halogen source that produces near-perfect color rendering. If the projector is fitted with a cut metal slide that blocks all the illumination between subjects, so only the paintings will be illuminated. Although it’s a simple process, it does require precision equipment to produce the apertures through which the beam is cast.
It’s worth it, though, as the projector will minimize the amount of illumination in the space while still intensely illuminating each painting. This contrast will mystify people and make them wonder where such precision work could be coming from. And because the projector is installed in the ceiling, it won’t create the kind of distracting clutter that bulky exposed fixtures produce. It’s as clean as it gets, and will only add to an already spectacular effect.
By highlighting art with optical framing projectors, a homeowner can get the kind of look that is normally only seen in museums and galleries. In the past, displaying paintings and sculptures meant blowing up an entire wall with illumination, as this was once the only way to establish a centerpiece in a display. Modern technology, though, makes it possible to get rid of the excess illumination and only brighten up the subject, producing staggering contrast between the piece and its surroundings.
There are significant benefits to highlighting art with optical framing projectors, in addition to the unique, lit from within effect that other systems cannot produce. These systems are also completely concealable and produce no overhead clutter, a common problem with previous display technologies. They also emit halogen illumination, which is largely considered to be the best at rendering color, so it can bring out all of the subtle features in a painting. And, unlike incandescent and frame mounted installations, shaped illumination cannot damage the painting with heat or radiation, as long as the fixture is fitted with UV filters. This will preserve the subject for as long as possible, extending its life for many more years.
Homeowners invest a lot of time and money in their collections, so it makes sense to use the most sophisticated illumination technology available. Shaped illumination is that technology, and Phantom Lighting can make it work for your collection.