The trick to lighting crystals and gems is to direct the illumination exactly where it needs to go. Flooding a cabinet or set of shelves with bright illumination will only leave the specimens appearing dull. Aiming a high power fixture at a small part of the specimen will create a tiny, but noticeable reflection. This is what gives a specimen its sparkling, brilliant appearance, so the goal is to set up a number of small fixtures around every exhibit. That may sound like a lot of work, but it makes no sense to spend thousands on several beautiful specimens only to leave them under poor illumination.
Lighting crystals and gems is best done with halogen fixtures, as they can be easily focused. Designers will take into consideration the way the specimens are being displayed before setting up fixtures, and will be able to work with cabinetry, shelves, and pedestals, no matter their layout. A set of small recessed fixtures can provide needed illumination in a cabinet, as the underside of each shelf will provide enough space to accommodate the fixtures. With shelving and pedestals, the best option is usually an optical framing projector. Projectors can be masked to produce any pattern of illumination, and can even work with several specimens at once.
A fixture designer will be able to come up with the right system for a display, and the end result will be a sophisticated, crafted look that is usually only seen in museums.
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.
Experts in lighting fine art can take what many homeowners would consider a complex process, and make it is easy to manage. Experienced designers have completed dozens, even hundreds of projects, and in any setting imaginable. This means that the average home won’t even challenge a designer, but if there are unusual obstacles to overcome, a talented designer has the tools and vision possible to complete the task. Considering all that, it’s clear why so many homeowners bring on an experienced designer to steer a display project.
Phantom’s experts in lighting fine art are well versed in a variety of techniques and technologies, including its own proprietary optical framing projector. While a few other manufacturers offer framing projectors, none of them are as easy to handle as Phantom’s, and in the hands of a knowledgeable designer, it can be integrated into any display.
Optical framing projectors are prized for their ability contour illumination to the subject, eliminating spill light and crafting a look that is wholly unique. In general, there are few challenges when installing one, but small adjustments can make a big impact on the overall look. Glare, for example, will bounce opposite from the beam’s entry angle, so positioning the projector just right so that it bounces glare away from standard viewing angles is ideal.
That’s just one example of how a designer can improve the project’s outcome, and it is by no means the only one. But no matter what comes up, or how much help a homeowner needs, Phantom can guide the process along smoothly.
Truthfully, it’s not difficult to illuminate framed art, but lighting it in a unique way and compelling people to look at it is something else entirely. People are used to traditional forms of display illumination, and though the tried and true methods can still be effective, they are often rather neutral. In other words, they do their job and show off the piece, but they don’t possess the kind of aesthetic that will really draw people in. For something like that, an optical framing projector is needed.
An optical projector is designed specifically to work with framed art, using lighting techniques that other fixtures aren’t capable of matching. It starts with a powerful halogen beam, one that is optimal for rendering color in a painting. This beam can be focused into one of multiple beam widths, and precisely aimed using the projector’s versatile controls. Once trained on the subject, the effect is completed with one of two masking techniques, both of which are designed to confine the illumination to just the subject. In other words, only the painting or sculpture is illuminated, and not its surroundings. This intense level of contrast is unlike anything most people have seen before, and they will likely have questions about how the effect is produced.
It’s up to the homeowner as to how they respond, but the point is that people will be talking about the art, and the incredible display built around it.
Every homeowner wants to be proud of the unique art lighting in their home, but it may be tough to know where to start. There are many fixture options on the market, and for those unfamiliar with how they work, it’s not easy to determine what they will look like once installed. Most experts, though, agree that optical framing projectors are a highly effective way to get a look that most people have never seen before.
That’s a big claim, but optical framing projectors offer the most unique art lighting options available. That’s because they are one of the few fixtures that can be masked after installation, which allows for contoured illumination. Contoured illumination means the beam is shaped to the edges of the painting or sculpture, eliminating all spill illumination around the subject. As a result, there is a huge contrast between the subject and its surroundings, which will make the piece appear to pop off of the wall. Someone seeing the display for the first time may be caught off guard as the subject will appear to be glowing. And because Phantom’s optical framing projector can be concealed almost completely (a small cover plate is the only evidence of the projector’s existence), that illusion can really be sold.
Everyone wants a display that they haven’t seen before, and with Phantom’s help, that is entirely possible.
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.
Focusing light to highlight art is always easier to do with an expert helping out, and help may be needed for a homeowner who isn’t technically inclined. Still, Phantom designs its optical framing projectors to be as intuitive as possible, so they are extremely flexible in trained hands. This flexibility offers plenty of placement options, so a homeowner can get nearly any look they want in any room they want. With additional placement options, an installer can get rid of glare and ensure the fixture remains as inconspicuous as possible.
The trick to focusing light to highlight art is finding the right spot for the projector. Phantom’s projectors offer more positional flexibility than any other projector on the market, primarily because they are made with a unique lensing apparatus. The rotating ring and mounting cradle allow for complete horizontal and vertical aiming, but the lensing apparatus means the projector can offer multiple beam spreads as well. So, not only can the projector be offset to bounce glare away from most viewing angles, it can be set at one of several distances without loss of display quality. No matter where the projector is placed, it will produce zero spill illumination and create the high contrast, lighted from within effect that Phantom aims for.
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.
Adjusting framing projectors to fit a painting or sculpture is the best way to get the most out of the subject, and it’s an easier process than most people realize. That’s because Phantom’s art lights are made to be as flexible as possible. That’s an important consideration because every piece of art is unique, either in size, shape, or composition. With several customization options available, it’s possible to tailor the fixture to any subject in any setting.
Phantom offers several methods for adjusting its framing projectors. Manipulating the beam angle is one, and it’s a powerful technique that allows for a wealth of placement options. This is accomplished by changing the arrangement of the focal and condensing lenses inside the fixture. Additional beam angle options mean that the light can be placed at one of several distances, allowing for easy installation in any room. The light doesn’t have to be placed just straight on either because all of Phantom’s art fixtures are made with a rotating ring and cradle that provide near limitless aiming ranges, both vertical and horizontal.
Finally, with one of several masking attachments, the fixture will produce a shaped beam that only lights up the subject, and nothing else. This is an effect that is rarely seen and one that every homeowner will appreciate once they see it. With the mask, the painting or sculpture will look like it’s glowing from within, and this will be sure to make the subject stand out and become the focal point of the space.
Displaying a painting or sculpture properly takes a focused art light, and one that has the power to stand out. One of the most common pitfalls when setting up a display is selecting underpowered fixtures for the job. Display fixtures have to be rather intense to stand out amid ambient illumination, and this power has to be controlled to work effectively. An optical framing projector is ideal for this, as it is designed to work with creative applications and comes with several features to aid it in this task.
When an expert refers to a focused art light, what they mean is that the fixture is aimed and shaped precisely to the subject. The fixture’s beam angle is an essential part of this, as it determines how well the subject is framed. The beam angle will need to be altered based on the fixture’s distance from the painting or sculpture, but this is easy with Phantom’s adjustable lensing apparatus.
Phantom’s optical framing projectors gather and aim the illumination using this advanced set of optics, but the beam still has to be shaped to fit the subject. Beam contouring is best accomplished with a masking attachment, and this may mean a set of adjustable shutters or a custom template fabricated on Phantom’s end. Both are designed to pare down the beam until it only illuminates the subject, and nothing behind it.
This is the effect that illumination experts aim for, and once you see it, you’ll understand why. It gives the subject a glow that appears to come from inside, something that no other display setup can rival.