Glare is a function of the aiming angle or in scientific terms; the angle of incidence. See the image which illustrates the angle of incidence on a flat surface. The same holds true when lighting art on a wall. The best you can do is to change the position of the light either forward, back, left or right to redirect the glare to the least viewed area. Left or right pitches the glare to the opposite side of the room. Continue reading “How Can You Minimize Glare With A Surface Mount Fixture?”
A sharp contemporary picture deserves lights that are just as sharp, and Phantom can help with the process. It may seem like a secondary consideration when putting together a display space, but the right illumination can make all the difference. Any designer will tell you that even the boldest, most vivid pieces need support from the right fixtures. It should be no surprise that professional venues like museums dedicate a lot of space and effort into selecting the proper fixtures for their exhibits. As long as a homeowner puts time into planning, they should have no trouble piecing together the right setup.
There are many approaches to showing off a contemporary picture and the best lights for the setting will depend on what aesthetic a homeowner wants to have. For example, if a homeowner wishes to show off multiple subjects or create a spotlight effect, surface mounted track fixtures will be a strong choice. If a more dramatic appearance is the desire, recessed cans will work better. An increasing number of homeowners are turning to contour projectors as well, and these are ideal for eliminating spill illumination. This gives the subject a glowing effect that is unlike what other fixtures can provide.
No matter what the choice is, though, it is best to consult with an illumination expert to ensure that the fixtures are set up correctly and safely. This will guarantee that the subject will have beautiful illumination for years to come.
There are a few standard methods to lighting framed art, though one method has become a favorite among illumination designers and installers. Surface-mounted track fixtures are still popular, as well as recessed halogen cans, and both are in homes and galleries around the world. Contour projectors, though, have become the top choice for any high-end installation and are made specifically for illuminating various creative subjects.
Lighting framed art with a contour projector is the best solution in nearly any setting. A contour projector is installed inside the ceiling and finished with a discreet cover plate. It is built flush with the ceiling and only needs a small aperture to fire the halogen beam through, so it’s the most subtle and streamlined fixture available. Contour projectors are also more reliable when it comes to producing an even spread of illumination, and their halogen lamps are the best on the market for rendering color. The difference between a halogen fixture and an incandescent or fluorescent fixture is enormous, as it will bring out the true colors in the subject.
Contour projectors are most prized for their ability to produce a unique look that other fixtures cannot manage. Prior to installation, the projector is fitted with a masking implement. This consists of either a cut template or a set of adjustable shutters. The mask confines the illumination to the subject’s edges, which means no spill illumination. The result is an intensely bright piece of art mounted to a stretch of wall that is much darker. The high contrast makes the subject appear more saturated and vibrant; a stark effect that only a contour projector is capable of.
Lighting oil paintings is not like illuminating other pieces of art. These artworks are often many years old and are much more delicate than art from other mediums. This makes them susceptible to subtle risks from ultraviolet radiation and excessive heat. While these stresses can damage any piece of art, they are much harder on fine art made with certain pigments. For this reason, homeowners must plan accordingly when setting up fixtures, as some are too risky to use for delicate artwork.
Heat and ultraviolet radiation will both cause steady damage to art canvases, but they are also punishing on oils. Over time, the stress placed on the pigments by heat and radiation will cause them to discolor, break down, and possibly split. Once this occurs, restoration can be extremely expensive and just impossible in some situations. However, if done with the right fixtures, lighting oil paintings is possible without worrying about heat or UV rays.
The easiest way to remove heat from the equation is to use fixtures that are installed a safe distance away from the art. Recessed fixtures like contour projectors or recessed cans, as well as track fixtures, are all set up several yards away from the art. This provides more than enough buffer for heat dissipation. UV radiation is trickier to deal with, as it is especially plentiful in the halogen fixtures that are used by fine art lighting experts. Most high-end fixtures are compatible with UV filters, though, and these will eliminate almost all of the ultraviolet rays from the illumination. This does not alter the appearance of the light in the slightest.
Following these simple recommendations will ensure that your priceless piece of fine art will bring you joy for many more years.
Homeowners are always looking for a better way to show off their prized belongings, and precision art lighting may be the answer. These concealed fixtures are perfect for intricate subjects that need to be well-lit for maximum effect. If properly installed, they can create a powerful beam of illumination that contours perfectly to the subject, creating a unique look that is not available with other fixtures.
Precision art lighting works because it has high-quality technology and masking attachments that further refine the beam. Phantom’s contour projectors, for example, use a halogen light engine and a unique lensing apparatus that focuses the beam precisely. As the light is emitted from the projector, a cut metal slide or a set of movable shutters pares the beam down so that it only radiates on the face of the subject. This technology is compatible with anything on display, including unique sculptures, sets of paintings, models, or precious artifacts. The projector is safe to use, even with delicate or aged items.
Phantom’s technology also stands out because it is easy for installers to handle. The problem with most projectors is that they require a high level of expertise from the installer. Phantom’s projectors are designed to be intuitive for an installer, so homeowners can rest assured that the placement of the projector is correct, resulting in a brilliantly lit subject.
Why are more people switching to hidden art lighting to display their prized items? For one, this technology offers a streamlined design that makes it easy to hide. Phantom’s contour projectors are also easy for installers to handle, so they are popular on the professional side as well. In fact, professional installers regularly recommend Phantom’s projectors to their clients, as they provide everything homeowners want, and everything professionals need.
Phantom’s projectors offer a major step forward in hidden art lighting for several reasons. Most projector manufacturers take a one-size-fits-all approach to their products, so they don’t integrate well into every setting. Phantom, on the other hand, has designed several projector models for a variety of settings, so no matter where the projector is, it will offer zero sight-line disturbance. Phantom’s projectors are concealed inside the ceiling and are made to be as compact as possible. They also run silently, so unless a person is specifically looking for the projector, they aren’t likely to notice it. From ground level, the cover plate is obscure so it goes unnoticed. The result is a fixture that offers a beautiful mix of concealment and power, taking the focus off the equipment and allowing the artwork to garner the attention it deserves.
Phantom’s optical framing picture light is for artwork of all types, including oversized art and sculptures. When home or venue owners have one or more pieces of art to show off, they regularly turn to recessed or frame mounted fixtures to get the illumination they need. These options remain the most popular, and there are a variety of recessed and mounted fixtures available. Even the most expensive, highest quality recessed or mounted fixtures will not overcome some fundamental flaws in their design. Phantom’s contour projectors are designed specifically for artwork, so they can provide the best source of light for a prized subject.
What is an optical framing picture light?
Phantom’s contour projectors are built using proprietary technology, so they are not available anywhere else. They are offered in five designs, each of them formatted for a different installation setting and mounted to the ceiling. The Float Finish (FF) model, for example, is the best choice when the projector needs to be inconspicuous. Once installed and painted, the FF produces a near zero sight line that is difficult to spot.
The projector itself is inside durable aluminum housing which protects the sensitive fixture. The projector has a halogen light engine and an exclusive lensing design that focuses the illumination into a sharp beam. This beam is aimed through a tiny aperture in the ceiling and makes no noise while in operation. In effect, Phantom’s projectors are nearly undetectable.
Why is an optical framing picture light the best choice for a piece of artwork?
Recessed and mounted fixtures are poor choices for artwork because they are difficult to aim and adjust. As a result, these fixtures typically render a lot of spill illumination and harsh shadows. They also have a tendency to generate heat, which can cause paintings to deteriorate over time.
Phantom’s contour projectors don’t have these problems because they are completely adjustable. Every projector can come with either a cut metal slide or a shutter masking method. The metal slide is customized to a single installation, so it is ideal for illuminating multiple pieces or unusually shaped pieces, like sculptures. The shutter masking method is for square or rectangular artwork and can quickly adjust for different subjects.
In either case, the objective is to shape the illumination precisely to the subject’s edges. Once adjusted, there is no spill illumination present. This has a stark effect on the artwork, as there is no visual cue that there is a fixture shining down on the artwork. Instead, the piece will look like it is lit from within, awakening the colors and designs of the piece. For home or venue owners looking for a new way to enhance their artwork, Phantom’s projectors can help any piece stand out.
There are few art and artifact lighting methods that can match Phantom’s contour projectors and their precision illumination. With any well designed illumination system, the fixtures take a back seat to the subject. They shouldn’t overpower the viewer with too much radiance, instead bringing out the subtle colors and lines in the piece. Phantoms’ contour projectors are made with this approach in mind and are compatible with nearly any subject a home or venue owner would want to display.
Phantom’s art and artifact lighting methods are built around its sophisticated contour projectors. Available in five models, Phantom’s projectors are similar to the fixtures used in professional theatrical and stage settings. Harnessing this level of power is not easy, and if not controlled it will dominate the piece. Phantom avoids this problem with a proprietary lensing design that is precisely formatted. The lenses take in illumination produced by high quality halogen lamps and focuses them. This process eliminates the stray beams that other systems are plagued with, improving contrast and sharpness. Most people aren’t used to illumination systems this precise, so their first reaction to Phantom’s projectors is often one of awe.
Phantom further shapes this illumination using one of two masking options. Even the most sophisticated art and artifact lighting methods will fail if the illumination is not spread properly, and Phantom’s masking options ensure this perfect spread. One method, a metal cut slide, is custom made to a particular subject, so they can be used with sculptures, models, books, memorabilia, and other uniquely shaped items. Phantom is also one of the few companies to offer a set of adjustable shutters that are better designed for paintings and pictures. The shutters can quickly be moved around to accommodate a variety of subjects and keep the illumination trapped inside the piece. With these extensive customization options, any piece can be cast in a brand new light.
Fine art deserves picture lights of the highest quality to showcase the artwork and not create a distraction. Many museums and galleries settle for fixtures mounted to the frame itself, track fixtures, or recessed fixtures. While these can be useful in particular situations, they won’t provide the same unique look that Phantom’s contour projectors are built to produce. Phantom’s projectors are built with proprietary technology using a unique lensing apparatus and are customizable for nearly any painting, photograph or sculpture.
What makes Phantom’s contour projectors for fine art different than traditional picture lights?
Most fixtures used for this purpose are not specifically made with a piece in mind. They generate too much heat, wash out colors and don’t do anything to add to the subject. Frame-mounted fixtures are particularly troublesome because they radiate much heat directly onto the subject. That will speed up the degeneration of oils in the piece and will cause the subject to age much faster. Track and recessed fixtures are safe to use, but they are difficult to set at an optimal aiming angle and typically create distracting shadows, as well.
Phantom’s contour projectors were made to avoid these problems. They are placed in the ceiling or to the ceiling’s surface and are installed to produce the perfect angle of illumination. The projectors were also designed to be easy to adjust so that anyone could do it without the help of an expert. That is ideal for galleries and museums that regularly switch out exhibits.
During operation, the projector produces a beam of illumination that is precisely shaped to the subject, which is why it is called a contour projector. There is no spill illumination created by the projector, so only the subject is ensnared by the projector’s beam of radiance. That gives the subject a different, lit from within look that is striking to people seeing it for the first time. Because the projector is concealed from view, the effect is even stronger and can give a piece a fresh look.
These projectors enhance fine art in a way picture lights cannot, and they are easily adjustable and compatible with a variety of pieces. They can either be set up with a set of adjustable shutters or a custom cut metal slide. Adjustable shutters are for square or rectangular subjects while metal slides are custom cut on site to masking the specific piece. Adjustable shutters are better for paintings and photographs while metal slides make sense for sculptures and other irregularly shaped installations.
A museum, gallery or home that needs just the right touch for their artwork can find it in Phantom’s proprietary projector technology. With their premium fixtures, durable design and customization options, these projectors can turn any piece into a worthy centerpiece.
Very few fixtures can produce the same illumination effects that a contour projector can. These technologically impressive devices are the best option available for presenting artistic pieces like paintings or photographs. This is because they can be adjusted to fit the profile of any subject perfectly. This may not seem like a big deal, but preventing spill light or shadows evokes a powerful illusion, making the piece seem like it is lit from within. This subtle, warm glow breathes life into the subject and can entrance an observer. In short, the effect has to be seen to be believed.
Fortunately, Phantom offers a range of devices that can fit any venue or setting. In general, a contour projector is built into the ceiling and is hidden from view using a cover plate. When the light is not in operation, the cover plate lies flat against the ceiling. Once switched on, the cover plate descends slightly and opens a small aperture for the fixture. Even when switched on, the device maintains an extremely low profile, which enhances the effect. Many observers won’t be able to tell where the light is coming from because the illumination is soft and the device is hidden from view.
Phantom has five different models available, all of them designed slightly differently to accommodate particular settings. The NC (new construction) and RM series (remodel housing) are the most compact units available and are built for ceilings that are shallow, which is common in newer buildings. The TA (top access) series is designed for settings where only ceiling access is feasible. The FF (float finish) series is installed flush with the ceiling and blends in completely when painted to match its surroundings. The SM (surface mount) series is an exposed fixture and is not shielded with a cover plate. It is the most economical contour projector available.