Phantom Lighting distinguishes itself as a cove lighting manufacturer whose diversity of technology and consultative approach to client relations makes it the most reliable source of high-end accent lighting in our industry. With an organizational structure dedicated to supporting our custom, made-to-order cove light manufacturing, and an international reach that literally lights two continents from pole to pole, Phantom is a home lighting manufacturing source for every architect, builder, and interior decorator looking to add an impeccable touch to interior architecture, lighting, and design.
Phantom Lighting’s diversity of technology will fit any cove lighting application. Phantom CM Series cove lighting strips can be ordered in three manufacturer trim profiles. These trims can be field cut or notched to fit a radius bend or achieve an irregular shape. Their innately-low profile design keeps them completely concealed in most applications. In challenging areas where positioning may prohibit concealment of any fixtures, CM Series cove lights come in 8 popular painted colors to provide a seamless blend with their environment.
Phantom technology also offers more freedom of choice and advanced engineering when it comes to residential light manufacturing. As a cove lighting manufacturer dedicated to the promulgation of energy efficient technology, Phantom patented the LED festoon lamp—a remarkable equivalent to xenon in both performance and luminance output. Operating at only 1.7 watts of power, and designed with a heat sink to render it a completely cool-burning light source—the Phantom LED festoon lamp is available in 2800K, 2950K, and 5000K color temperature ratings. Home and business owners can operate these luminaires for extended periods of time without heat buildup that will affect HVAC costs or power consumption that will raise electrical costs.
Interior decorators who require the precise color rendering effects produced by xenon and incandescent lamps can still obtain these cove lighting options from our commercial lighting manufacturing production facility. Available 3 watt, 5 watt, and 10 watt options, these luminaires can be regulated by dimmers to control heat and luminance output.
The organization structure and process flow of our organization allows Phantom to work very closely with each individual client. Because our accent lighting tools are custom-made to order, we work directly with the purchaser anytime so requested. We are one of the few cove lighting manufacturers with the available resources or time to work on such a close consultative level with each individual client. We made it a point to structure our organization with the capacity to do so because of the highly specialized nature of our equipment and the need to make it work individually with each specific cove lighting application we are confronted with.
While we work very personally with each client when so requested, we also have an international scope of service that allows us to supply lighting fixtures for exceptionally large orders. Cove lighting is very popular in both commercial and custom residential home building, and we have many clients throughout North, Central, and South America that trust us to be the manufacturer that can be trusted to accurately process bulk purchase orders, handle multiple custom configurations for a large build out, and consistently deliver our product on time.
Our lighting manufacturing plant is located in Houston, Texas. A network of nationwide lighting supply agents fans out throughout all 50 states into cities like Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Orlando, Florida (MCO), Santa Monica, CA, (LAX) Columbus, Ohio (CMH), (LGA) New York, NY, (JKF), St. Louis, MO, Detroit, Michigan (DTW), Madison, WI (MSN), San Francisco, California (SFO), and Omaha, Nebraska (OMA). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
We invite you to contact us direct at 800-863-1184 to obtain more information on all of these options. You can also request literature on our main website, visit our mobile website, or read through the many informative summaries and FAQs located on our lighting blog. All of these resources contain a wealth of information about our custom; low-voltage lighting products that are the dream come true of art lighting designers and cabinet lighting builders on two major continents.
Phantom Lighting’s online showroom provides a convenient virtual lighting supply channel for architects, interior designers, custom cabinet makers, home builders, commercial lighting specialists, and interior decorators to find exactly what they need for residential and commercial luxury lighting. Our lighting showroom requires no travel costs or downtime to visit, and offers a convenient means of contacting our factory directly to place an order. Every project displayed in our lighting showroom was actually once a custom project just like the one you are currently working on. The results you see before you have been achieved through our custom specification and lighting fixture manufacturing process that builds the lighting fixture to your exact luminary requirements regardless of the industry you are contracting in.
Art lighting consultants will readily find a variety of applications where our Contour Projectors have produced museum-quality lighting effects.
The beam of light that comes from our projector lighting fixture remains invisible while it travels from the ceiling to the painting. Advanced filters strip it of ultraviolet and infrared light to render it harmless to sensitive oils and canvases. The light is also shaped, or “contoured” to match the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the painting or sculpture it illuminates. This allows for remarkable precision in lighting control and effects. You will see example after example of this when you browse through our online lighting showroom. Regardless of the color scheme, location, or size of the painting, the light always appears to emanate from the surface of the art. This is known as the “lighted from within effect” and has made Phantom world famous for art lighting.
Our Phantom lighting.com also showroom also models a wide variety of cabinet, cove, display, and antique furniture lighting effects that we have created using our proprietary, custom linear lighting strips.
These are not the standard linear strips you buy from online stores or find in retail showrooms. They are strips are custom manufactured from ultra-thin vertical and horizontal strips that precisely match under cabinet and shelving dimensions. If are a builder, you can have under cabinet light strips made that will perfectly blend with the under surface of any kitchen cabinet you install. You can also light cabinet interiors and other forms of shelving with our linear strips. Also, the many cove lighting projects you see depicted in our showroom were done with linear strips as well. The low-profile, wireless design of these fixtures makes them ideal for hiding near the ceiling. Our CM series strip light even bends up to full 360-degrees in order to accommodate everything from serpentine coves to vaulted ceiling domes.
Find other examples of eclectic art and sculpture lighting in our showroom now.
Take some time to study the specialized projects we have done over the years in the areas of wine cellar lighting, collector’s displays, antique furniture lighting, and bookshelf lighting. Although every project is unique, it is easy to find exactly what you need by picking out one or two lighting projects from our showroom and calling our main office to request something similar for your next build out, architectural drawing, or interior decorating project.
Find US manufacturer representatives in all 50 states in cities like Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (PIT) Atlanta, GA (ATL), Marina Del Rey, California, Coral Gables, Fl, Redmond, Washington (RDM), Memphis, Tennessee (MEM), Madison, WI, (MSN) Portland, Oregon, (PDX) and Stamford, CT. We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
We invite you to contact us or a Phantom Agent toll free 800-863-1184 to obtain more information on all of these options. You can also request literature on our phantom website, visit our phantom mobile website, or read through the many informative summaries and FAQs located on our lighting blog. All of these resources contain a wealth of information about our custom; low-voltage lighting products that are the dream come true of art lighting designers and in cabinet lighting builders on two major continents.
What fixtures provide the best wine cellar lighting?
Due to both their flexibility and concealment, Phantom linear cove lighting strips make ideal wine cellar lights as both direct and indirect sources of luminance. In closed, very small environments, they perform very well as the primary light source. In larger cellars where people gather together for conversation and wine tasting, they provide excellent accent lighting that emanates from an apparently invisible source.
What is the best way to light a walk in wine cellar that resembles a long closet more than a room?
The best way to light this type of wine cellar is to mount vertical strip lights on either side of the rear interior of the door frame. The light will shine backward and light up the wine racks and bottles displayed along the back wall.
This completely conceals the LED strip lights themselves, and it creates something of a mystical effect because the light seems to come out of the darkness itself and grow stronger as it moves toward the wine.
What is the best way to light a larger wine cellar designed for small gatherings?
That really depends upon the architecture and the style of your wine racks and cabinets. Because of the customized manufacture of Phantom low voltage lighting strips, the possibilities for wine cellar lighting with Phantom custom lighting strips are as many and varied as wine cellars themselves. Xenon linear lighting strips are often mounted along the tops of cabinets to shine light up the wall and onto the ceiling. They can also be used for silhouette lighting by installing them at that back of wine racks, or showcase lighting within the racks to emphasize the wine label.
What type of lamps should we use for our wine cellar light strips?
Your best option is to go with LED 2800K festoon lamps. These make ideal sources of both direct and indirect wine cellar lighting for a number of reasons. 2800K festoons emanate the warmest possible colour temperature available in LED, making them a viable replacement for incandescent and xenon accent lighting sources. It is very important to use LED lights in any wine cellar if at all possible. LED’s do not emit harmful UV radiation, and they do not produce heat which can interfere with refrigeration. This makes them harmless to even the oldest and most sensitive of wines in your cellar.
The actual light produced by the 2800K LED replacement festoon lamp is indistinguishable from that of previous, more primitive technologies. It is much more energy efficient, and it is perfect for creating an atmosphere of warmth, colour, and comfort.
How many strip light models does Phantom manufacture?
We make six basic strip light models in total—all of which are intended to be customized to the specific horizontal or vertical specifications of the surface to which they are mounted. The best to order light strips is to contact our main office and send us blueprints of your wine cellar (if available), along with a series of photographs that will help us manufacture linear lighting strips specific to the dimensions, floor plan, ceiling height, racks, and cabinetry of your wine cellar.
How can we learn more about Phantom Lighting products?
Call us toll free 800-863-1184 to request a CD Catalog, or contact one of our lighting agents today and come see what magic we have in store for you. You can now view Phantom Lighting products on your hand held device such as a cell phone, blackberry, iPhone or PDA by visiting http://www.phantomlighting.mobi/.
Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with salesmen located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Reno Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Tucson Arizona, Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia. Austin Texas, Dallas Texas and Palm Springs California.
Phantom Lighting is a unique light fixture manufacturer for a number of reasons. Instead of creating an inventory of generic products that contractors and end users must figure out how to apply to custom needs, Phantom takes a basic model fine art projector or linear lighting strip and customizes it to the environment and needs of the individual client. This allows contractors to specifically address the needs of the end user in a personal fashion, and it allows end users to call their own shots when placing an order through a Phantom Agent. This uniqueness has earned Phantom a reputation for proprietary customization in fine art and display lighting products that have found their way into homes, offices, retail establishments, libraries, and museums throughout North, Central, and South America. The Contour projector has experienced worldwide acclaim for its magical “lighted from within” effect, and our linear display lighting strips are equally renowned for their near invisible presence, low voltage power savings, and wireless conduction of electricity.
Phantom leads the lighting industry in a pioneer of user-customization and technical optimization for commercial and residential illumination.
What Makes Phantom Contour Projectors Unique?
First of all, the Phantom combines a high-powered halogen light source with a complex, easily adjustable set of filters that keep the light free from UV and infrared radiation. Phantom manufactures five Contour Projector models that can be custom installed into any ceiling, seamlessly, without damage to the surrounding structure. Furthermore, each of these models is also designed to not only avoid any harm to the ceiling structure, but to also conceal its visible presence from the eye of the casual viewer. Clients who are looking for a sheik, sophisticated and professional presentation of their fine art collection can rely upon this art lighting projector to showcase the maximum value of their artwork and to also provide special effect and mood-related lighting upon command.
Can Phantom fine art projectors showcase rare and valuable paintings?
Yes. Because of the Contour fine art projectors amazing ability to filter out UV and ultraviolet light, collectors in both private and public arenas rely upon Phantom projectors to showcase and protect their most rare and valuable paintings. Phantom Projectors also produce a superior spectrum of light that rivals natural light with none of is deleterious effects.
How do other forms of art appear when lit with a Contour fine art projector?
Photography, pastels, personal oils, and watercolors will look superb both in color and in depth when illuminated by the Contour’s “lighted from within” effect.
This phenomenon is produced by passing the light through a series of lenses and filters that makes the beam itself invisible until it strikes the surface of a painting or sculpture.
To see examples of fine art lighting, picture lighting, and sculpture lighting visit our lighting gallery.
What Makes Phantom Linear Cabinet Lights Unique?
Phantom custom cabinet lights are unique in their ability to conceal their physical appearance and also in the unique way they conduct electricity. Our linear cabinet lighting strips do not use visible wires to power their lamps, but rather use existing metal shelf standards to conduct low voltage electricity safely and reliably. Each AC Series linear strip is custom cut to the exact dimensions of the vertical or horizontal surface to which it will be mounted. One of our six model lines is actually designed to be mounted to curved surfaces and can be fitted to any cove or vaulted ceiling in a home or office.
Your choice of xenon, incandescent, or LED lamps will be installed in your linear strip at the time of manufacture, and these lamps will be fitted to festoon mounts than can be individually replaced if a bulb fails so you do not have to replace the entire strip light. See how our festoon lamps compare between lamp types.
How well do these linear strips perform as cabinet lights?
In most cabinet lighting and under cabinet lighting applications, Phantom linear strips are ideal for commercial and residential environments. Because of their “adjustable shelf” technology, they can work with any type of custom shelving found in cabinets, commercial displays, residential armoires, and bookshelves. Three different lamping options are available as well: incandescent, xenon, and super power-saving LED. Phantom cabinet lighting strips can be manufactured as 12V linear strips that maximize energy conservation without compromising the intensity or quality of the light. They also feature dimmer controls that allows for instantaneous adjustment of brightness levels. This makes them ideal low voltage night lights in custom kitchens, break rooms, and bathroom vanity areas. They are also a favorite of librarians and antique dealers, who find the low ambient lighting they emit to be ideal for producing decorative effects that enhance the appearance of rare hardbacks and collectibles.
Is Low Voltage Display Lighting Really That Important?
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of low voltage cabinet lighting installations. Incandescent and xenon bulbs can run up a light bill very quickly, but when regulated by a low voltage transformer, produce the same quality of light at a fraction of the power. This is good for both the environment and for the pocketbook, and it is also ideal for the corporation seeking LEED certification. This is especially true when considering cove lighting fixtures.
Combining a low voltage strip with an LED lamp compounds power savings with the latest and most sophisticated science of illumination to date.
LED Light Bulbs
LED festoon lamps can be installed in Phantom cabinet lighting, display lighting, or cove lighting strip at the time of manufacture. LED light bulbs last longer than any other form of bulb, can render the full spectrum of light, including white light, and require only 20% as much electricity as other bulb types. Combine that with a low voltage strip that is already designed for power savings, and you have the most sophisticated and energy conscious cabinet or display lighting strip that current technology allows.
LED replacement festoon lamps can also be ordered separately and retrofitted to existing linear strips. Ask a Lighting Agent about the benefits of festoon lamp replacement as a possible contributor toward LEED certification.
What Type of Services Do you Offer?
Lighting Agents work from Canada to Argentina to help contractors and end users place custom orders and learn the user friendly benefits of our projectors and strip lights. Our Agent network functions as the backbone of our sales, customer service, and technical support. Agents assist commercial contractors and private individuals with developing entire strip lighting systems for homes and offices. We have lighting agents in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America who will answer any questions, provide literature and schematics, and arrange for local product demonstrations. Our team of experienced technicians is always willing to share their knowledge of fine art and display lighting.
Agents recommend the best choices in product selection, customization, help with ordering, and coordinate manufacturing and drop shipping. Some Agents also showcase our products through live demonstrations. Contact the Agent in your area with any questions or needs you have.
Custom Products and Services for Businesses and Homes
In a world of lighting manufacturers who market similar products with cliché claims to fame, Phantom Lighting stands above its competitors as a Promethean source of new light. With proprietary technology that can be adapted to any art lighting or display lighting environment, Phantom technology represents a marriage of aesthetics and science has made Phantom Lighting a leader in lighting creation that enlightens the mind as much as it enlightens the room.
A wealth of information is available here on our website in the form of informative articles, blogs, brochures, testimonials, resources, and press releases. You are also welcome to call us directly, toll free, at 800-863-1184 to discover which Phantom Lighting products and models will best adapt to your particular lighting needs.
Together, the professionals at Phantom Lighting will ensure that your next project is an astounding success!
In new construction homes and offices that have extraordinarily narrow coves or valances, linear strips offer a distinct advantage over fluorescent light fixtures. Fluorescent transformers and fixtures are clearly visible in these narrow coves and can detract from the ambiance effect of the light itself. The same quality of lighting can be achieved with a Phantom cove light without revealing its visible presence. It can be field cut or notched to bend and follow any radius along a serpentine cove. Its narrow design also makes it ideal for kitchen soffits, beam trusses, and valances.
Phantom cove lights utilize remote magnetic transformers concealed from normal viewing angles. These low voltage transformers are fully dimmable and allow the end user to dim the lights at will for accent lighting. This offers the facilities manager or homeowner the added value of minimized maintenance through prolonged bulb and fixture life over such products as cove light rope.
Further value is added with your choice in lamp types. Cove lighting fixtures by Phantom can be fitted with incandescent, xenon, or LED festoon lamps. If you are working on any level with new construction LEED certification, you really want to take the time to look at our proprietary LED festoon lamping technology. We have created a lamp design that combines multiple bulb combinations into a single festoon unit that can be fitted to any cove lighting strip. These festoon lamps are so efficient they rival the lumens output of incandescent lamps and nearly approximate those of xenon. This gives the lighting designer who is bidding an install for a new construction project the full range of cove lighting accent options ranging from cool and warm color accents to state-of-the-art green technology that mimics traditional technology with minimal forward throw heat and 80% less the total power costs.
No cove is designed or manufactured the same, and the professionals at Phantom can assist with design development as well as engineering retrofit applications. Phantom Lighting energy saving LED festoons can act as replacements to lamps in existing linear strips provided certain compatibility requirements are met. Power leads can also be ordered to accommodate unique wiring runs, and to balance loads to secondary transformer fusing. The greatest benefit you will gain from our unique approach to cove lighting is a very precise and custom approach to applied technology housed within a fixture that is pure aesthetic on the surface, pure engineering underneath.
Phantom Agents will help you decide which cove lighting options will best meet the needs of your current construction project and act as liaisons between you and the factory to place your order and arrange for drop shipping to your site.
Call an Agent to discuss your clients’ needs and how the versatility and flexibility of Phantom custom cove lights can add value to your lighting design proposal today. We have lighting agents in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South Americawho will answer any questions, provide literature and schematics, and arrange for local product demonstrations.Our team of experienced technicians is always willing to share their knowledge of fine art and display lighting.
Together, the professionals at Phantom Lighting will ensure that your next project is an astounding success! We invite you to call 800-864-1184 to request literature online or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage cove lighting products.
In buildings and homes where users want a controlled and flexible source of cove lighting that will save power and provide a long-term, low maintenance source of general or ambient lighting, linear strips are a much better choice for builders, architects, and electrical contractors to install. One of the primary advantages that low voltage lighting systems offer over other lights sources is a concealed presence. Strip lights such as the Phantom CM series are extremely thin and can fit into any soffit, cove, or valance in an office or home. These fixtures are designed to keep a low profile in cove lighting applications and feature a remarkable adaptability to any commercial or residential environment. They can be fitted to any radius desired because they are custom cut to the exact specifications of the contractor. This ensures the most seamless fit possible to produce the special sourceless lighting Phantom has become known for.
With energy costs rising, it is also important to point out the power saving benefits that Phantom CM cove lighting offers to any building or residence that is conscious of electrical costs. Low voltage linear lighting strips are a significant solution to high price points that people have to pay for the luxurious qualities of xenon lighting. An added benefit that low voltage strips offer is the extended lamp life they create. Provided that natural lighting levels are relatively low in the room, the lights can be powered up to full and provide a primary light source over a foyer or a hallway without fear of running up the light bill. When other lighting is in use, they can be turned down to provide ambient, supplemental lighting.
This type of controllable, low voltage xenon cove lighting is often found in buildings and homes that feature faux painted ceilings or detailed block paneled ceilings. For warm ceiling colors, we recommend using incandescent lamps, and for cooler colors or very dark colors of wood, xenon lamps. Both sources will provide an excellent source of controlled lighting that the end user can adjust at will.
If you are working in California, or another locale that discourages the installation of incandescent fixtures due to pending laws, we recommend installing LED linear strip. LED lamps are available for all Phantom linear fixtures, including CM series cove lights. These unique, patented festoons offer the commercial builder and electrical lighting designer a “green solution” to pass onto clients interested in lowering operating costs and contributing to a more sustainable future. Phantom’s unique lamping technology allows white or colored LEDs with a lumens output equivalent to that of incandescent and nearly approximate to xenon. It might be best to propose to your clients the advantages of investing in LED replacement lamps now rather than later.
If you have been hired to replace existing linear cove lights in a building with a better or more energy efficient solution, you can save your client a great deal of money by simply replacing the lamps in their existing fixtures. Provided these fixtures are currently using festoon style lamps, you can obtain LED festoon lamps from one of our Agents and simply to the existing cove lighting strips in the building. This is an excellent way to win bids with companies worried about the costs of upgrades in the midst of the recession.
Boardrooms, halls, restaurants, private clubs, and meeting rooms are some of the many areas where commercial building cove lighting may be used with success. Call an Agent today for more information on Phantom CM custom cove lights for buildings and homes.
Our Agent network functions as the backbone of our sales, customer service, and technical support. Agents assist commercial contractors and private individuals with developing entire strip lighting systems for homes and offices. We have lighting agents in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America who will answer any questions, provide literature and schematics, and arrange for local product demonstrations. Our team of experienced technicians is always willing to share their knowledge of fine art and display lighting.
Together, the professionals at Phantom Lighting will ensure that your next project is an astounding success! We invite you to call 713-863-1133 to request literature online or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.
In most settings, the most effective source for cabinet lighting comes in the form of low profile linear strips. These strips offer several advantages over more generic under cabinet fluorescent lights and puck lights. They are smaller, and therefore less visible. They typically render color at a superior level, and they are adjustable because, unlike fluorescent, they can be dimmed to any desired level. Phantom Lighting manufactures six lines of linear strips that feature some very proprietary and unique transformer, power distribution, and lamping designs. Five of these lighting strips can be used for cabinet lighting or under cabinet lighting fixtures.
Whether you have cabinets with glass or wooden shelves, these linear strip lights can be adjusted for an ideal fit. The vertical mount (VM) series, for example, is field notched to clear your shelves, and the lamps are spaced in conjunction with your cabinet structure. These strip devices provide even illumination to surrounding objects, bringing out color and intricate details, which may be hidden otherwise.
This display cabinet lighting can provide an important component in any cabinet that features custom shelving, and that is used to showcase rare collectibles or special edition hardcover books. Other types of cabinet lights from this unique lighting manufacturer include the adjustable concealed (AC) series, adjustable exposed (AE), horizontal mount (HM), and the task light (TL) series. Phantom also offers the cove mount (CM) design for cove settings.
One of the most unique features of Phantom’s cabinet lights is the way they are designed. Using existing metal shelf standards to conduct an electrical current, a clandestine low voltage transformer allows energy to flow through the shelf standards and mounting clips. When the shelf is in position, the entire circuit is completed. This specialized design gives the user the versatility of not having to use tools to remove or relocate shelves. This adjustable shelf concept is unique to Phantom Lighting, and it provides the user with the advantage of a cabinet light that uses no exposed wiring.
Phantom curio cabinet lights can be fitted with any number of lamping options. For warm color rendering, incandescent bulbs can be inexpensively fitted to your strip lights. A more refined light can be produced by xenon lamps that can be used to illuminate the most exquisite and rare of collectibles. Phantom LED festoon light bulbs produce very little forward throw heat and have a lamp life of 50,000 hours. They are a perfect choice for illuminating items which may be sensitive to infrared or ultra-violet heat. Special glare shields on the strips prevent the bulbs from being seen, even from irregular angles, and all Phantom cabinet lights are low voltage and completely dimmable for ultimate user friendly lighting control.
Phantom Lighting fixtures are easy to install as well. All you have to do is select the right trim and obtain the proper measurements, and Phantom will take care of the rest. Simply contact a united states sales representative today and provide him or her with the dimensions of your cabinet, and the factory will custom build your cabinet lights according to those exact, specific measurements.
With Phantom Lights, expect nothing but the finest illumination for your home, office, or store. Phantom’s unique strip lights make illumination simple and quite fun. So let step into the spotlight with the revolutionary designs offered to you by Phantom Lighting.
We invite you to call toll free 800-863-1184 to request literature online or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.
Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with professional lighting sales agents located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Reno Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Tucson Arizona, Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia, and Palm Springs California.
A few of the more popular types of display lighting fixtures are discussed in this article, with special attention paid to linear strip lights.
Puck lights are often used as under cabinet lights and are not strictly classified as display light fixtures. However, xenon under cabinet lights, like puck lights do tend to be the most preferred light source in curio cabinets with mirrored back planes. Because a puck light occupies a central location at the top of the cabinet, the light radiates downward in an expanding cone. The mirror catches a portion of this light and throws it forward, thus magnifying its intensity and creating a field of light that fills the space inside the display.
Other types of cabinet lighting fixtures do not fare nearly as well in cabinets or showcases with mirrored back planes. This is because mirrors tend to reflect equipment as well as light, and the reflection of a metal or linear fixture can be an eyesore to an otherwise ornate showpiece.
Flex lights are display lighting fixtures that mount on movable arms that can be positioned over the top of a display. They are frequently used by museums to light large displays that are not contained in a case. In fact, very large museum exhibition displays may have two or more flex lights positioned over the top as either a way of creating a central spotlighting effect using a slightly stronger, central flex light, or an even wash of light by using three identical fixtures in a row.
Flex lights are also used extensively in for trade show booth lighting. They can be attached rather quickly to walls and booths and angled toward banners, marketing materials, and merchandise to create a spotlight on your company brand, products, or services.
Recessed lights are used a great deal by museums to paintings and statuary. Recessed lighting fixtures offer the advantage of concealment, residing in the ceiling far above the display and casting a precisely aimed beam at the artwork. Halogen lamps are the favored light source for these unobtrusive display fixtures, provided proper glare shielding and dimmers are wired to the units to control brightness levels and heat.
Linear Lighting Strips
Linear LED strip lights combine almost every advantage of other forms of display lighting fixture, and they offer a few additional advantages found in no other light source. Linear strips are very thin and mount either to the topside of a cabinet, case top, or shelf, concealing themselves in much the same fashion as a recessed light. The tiny festoon lamps that line each strip emit a combined radiant down light reminiscent of yesteryear’s fluorescent bulbs, but with none of their negative effects.
Linear display light fixtures like those made by Phantom feature a high level of precision lighting ability. Sophisticated glare shields, color swatches and dimmer controls allow the Phantom light strip to be adjusted to optimal levels for virtually any type of shelf lighting or display case lighting application. Our patented method of shelf standard current conductance makes the Phantom linear strip even more unobtrusive than its counterpoints because it is a practically wireless device with the smallest magnetic low voltage transformer on the market. A variety of lamp types can be fitted to Phantom display lighting fixtures as well, including LED festoon lamps that use only 20% the electricity as other bulb types and produce no ultraviolet light whatsoever. This makes them ideal for retail display lighting and window display lighting because of the amazing power conservation they offer establishments on tight budgets.
One more thing makes the Phantom LED linear strip lights competitive with puck lights as both a display and under cabinet light fixture, and that is the special way the fixtures angle the light backward away from the eyes rather than into the viewer’s face. This creates a soft, very ambient quality of light more appropriate to both personal antique and bookshelf lighting and appropriate as well to high-end museum lighting for artifact and document display cases.
Phantom custom manufactures six lines of linear display lighting fixtures and distributes them through an international network of Agents that ranges from Canada to Argentina. Call us Toll-Free at 1-800-863-1184 today to be connected to an helpful lighting United States lighting agent free of charge to see which fixture type will work best with your particular display lighting needs.
We invite you to request literature online or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.
Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with professional lighting sales agents located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Reno Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Phoenix Arizona, Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia, and Culver City California.
Linear strips provide an ideal source of jewelry display lighting. They offer a concealed physical presence combined with evenly distributed illumination that is excellent for showcasing collections of jewelry laid out on pedestals or cloth backings. Using low voltage cabinet lighting strips in jewelry display cases with mirrored back planes is generally not advised, though, because the mirror will reflect an image of the fixture and reflective glare back into the eyes and distract attention away from the merchandise.
Cabinet strip lights also provide jewelry displays with a versatility of lamping options and light levels that can be fine-tuned to fully accent the visual qualities of both the type and substance of jewelry on display. Different bulbs create different types of light, and the choice of which type of lamp to install in your linear strip depends greatly on the size of your showcase, the type of jewelry you are displaying, and the color of the background you use.
Jewelry display lights require heavy glare shielding that will angle the light toward the merchandise and reflect only enough light back into the eyes to make it sparkle. The remainder of the light should evenly “wash” over the surface of metal and gemstones, showcasing contours, cuts, and any engravings over the surface.
The more three-dimensional its appearance is, the more valuable a piece of jewelry appears to the eye. Too much accent lighting will flatten the appearance of gold, diamonds, and silver pieces by casting startling “white” spots on their surfaces. Too little light, on the other hand, will fail to add the necessary sparkle that is essential to high-ticket merchandising.
For these reasons, it is almost always best to use a low-voltage linear lighting strip that has user-friendly dimmer controls that will allow you to adjust your jewelry display lights to the precise level necessary to showcase a given piece or collection of items. One advantage this offers you is the ability to use the same show case for different pieces on a rotating basis and simply turn the lights up or down when you set up a new display.
Low voltage lighting systems are also a great power saver that help will minimize your overhead. Especially if you are own a small, family store, cost effective lighting can make your facility look high-end and one of a kind without the burden of high expenditures.
As for the actual bulb types used in jewelry display lighting, much of your choice depends on the style and colors of the items on display. Fluorescent lights, long-valued for their power saving value, are used much less than they were in the past. Other forms of low voltage lighting have become competitive with fluorescent in terms of reduced power costs, and these other bulb types tend to produce better types of lighting as well. High-ticket merchandise generally requires a light source more appropriate to its dimensions and color than fluorescent is normally able to deliver.
Pearls, silver, and light colored jewelry such as opal look exquisite under incandescent lamps that bring out the whites, off whites, and the glint of 14K gold. For warmer colors like those seen in an emerald or sapphire, a more robust light source makes for an even better source of jewelry display lighting. Either low voltage xenon lighting, which cast something of a “golden” aura around the subject, or specialty LED strip lights available in a multitude of colors will enhance both the darker colors and multi-dimensional appearance of exquisitely cut, rare jewelry.
Phantom display light strips feature all the necessary technical elements required for optimal jewelry display lighting, and they also provide the added benefit of customization. Phantom custom-manufacturers each individual lighting strip precisely to the dimensions of your jewelry display, and your Phantom Lighting Agent works with you to determine which bulb type(s) will be most effective for specific showcases.
Phantom lighting strips are low-voltage and fully dimmable, and they come in six different series models. Each series features patented glare shielding and proprietary lamping designs that creates a bright, yet soft field of light with minimal reflection but just enough shine to precious metals and gemstones sparkle.
Our US lighting agents work with retail managers, distributors and lighting consultants to help them choose both the series type and appropriate bulb types essential tor high-end jewelry display lighting. Agents work throughout North, Central, and South America and offer their consultations as a courtesy to our clients.
Contact us Toll-Free 1-800-863-1184 to speak to an Agent now about your retail, display, and jewelry showcase lighting needs. We invite you to request literature or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.