For Art Illumination Use The Best Lights

Using Traditional Picture Lights Fo Illuminating Fine ArtArt 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.

How To Focus Art Lights As A Homeowner

Experts Use A Variety Of Techniques For Lighting ArtworkA homeowner that learns how to focus art lights will be in a good position when it is time to place fixtures for a display. Every display has to contend with glare and shadows to some extent, and how the fixtures are adjusted to compensate for them will determine the overall quality of the display. If glare is present from most standard viewing angles, it will effectively render the painting invisible from normal viewing range. Shadows are also a pain because they affect the look of the painting and cannot be avoided by looking at the subject from a different angle. It is, therefore, important to eliminate these two annoyances from the equation.

This is easier said than done. When fixtures are in the ceiling, particularly in high ceilings, the angle at which the beam strikes the painting will force glare down into the viewer’s face. Offsetting the fixtures so that they cast glare off to the sides can prevent it from becoming a problem. If there is a deep frame or other object casting shadows, the fixture can, again, be offset to neutralize them.

An illumination expert will know how to focus the art lights just right to minimize the presence of glare and shadows. An expert will also know which fixtures will work best in a given setting, so it is always a good idea to consult with the professionals at Phantom Lighting before beginning the project.