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?”
Armed with modern lighting fixtures, an illumination designer can do some amazing things in any space. Cutting-edge illumination technology is highly precise and versatile, but it’s not only the superior choice in terms of aesthetics, it is also much more efficient and reliable compared to older systems. But it can only be executed optimally by experts who have experience with it.
For Phantom, modern lighting fixtures typically refers to its cabinet and cove LED strips. Both the Elite and Ultra make use of the latest in LED technology, and they are among the most powerful LEDs on the market. They provide this power for about 50,000 hours, which is several times longer than what incandescent and xenon systems are graded for. LEDs are superbly efficient, so much so that they produce almost no radiant heat, and are much safer as a result. And because they can be attached to dimmer controls, they offer unparalleled power conservation. Just as important, Phantom’s LEDs are customizable to a great extent, so they can be run to any length and can produce any color a homeowner would like to see.
This highly flexible approach is also part of Phantom’s optical framing projectors, which are designed for use with artwork. Optical framing projectors make use of advanced lensing arrangements and masking attachments to shape a beam of illumination and get a unique glow-like effect.
These advanced fixtures can form the backbone of an aesthetic display, and allow for some impressive effects.
Specialized art lighting techniques are the best way to get the most out of a display, as priceless paintings and sculptures can’t be properly displayed with a basic, off the shelf fixture. While there are several advanced approaches available, optical framing projectors are favored by many illumination experts. That’s because projectors offer a strong combination of subtlety and sophistication, creating a unique effect that most people don’t even know exists.
The best specialized art lighting techniques emphasize contrast, as this will make the subject stand out from its surroundings. Intense illumination is one way to do this, and framing projectors do offer a brilliant halogen beam, but projectors can also maximize contrast using a masking attachment. Masks, either in the form of adjustable shutters or a custom slide, are designed to shape a beam by blocking out the unnecessary parts. What’s left is the part of the beam that is aimed at the subject, so there is no spill illumination visible. This is a powerful effect that will immediately get attention, as the subject will act like a drop of brilliant, glowing color in a much darker space.
Even though this is an advanced approach to a display, in the hands of an experienced illumination designer it can be quickly set up for any layout. And it takes close to zero modification to the room, so a homeowner doesn’t have to worry about the projector leaving any marks behind. It will blend in perfectly and act as a seamless part of a sophisticated display.
Museums and galleries have been lighting fine art for centuries, but designers are still finding novel ways to do it all the time. Now, homeowners that want to get maximum impact from their display will need fixtures that do more than just fill the space with illumination. They will need a fixture that is customized to the subject. For this reason, optical framing projectors are becoming more and more popular. Projectors are made with the highest quality components and sources, and what’s more, these sources can be masked to fit a painting or sculpture perfectly.
Experts that specialize in lighting fine art will be able to use optical framing projectors with any subject, no matter its size, shape, or composition. If the subject is 30 feet long on one end, projectors can work with it. If the subject is a priceless oil painting that is centuries old, a projector is the safest option available.
These fixtures are typically mounted inside the ceiling and fire their beam through a small aperture that most people won’t notice. As the beam leaves the projector, it can be masked to any shape so that it emits in a precise pattern. Using this technique, the projector will not produce excess illumination that spills out from the subject’s boundaries. Instead, only the subject will be illuminated, producing a beautiful glow effect that no other fixtures can manage. It’s something that most people have never seen before, and that makes it a major step forward for display illumination.
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.
With the right specialty art lighting, any display can be made into a unique work of art on its own, but it takes some expertise and planning. In recent years, high-quality fixture technologies have been added to the market, some of which are specifically formatted for displaying paintings and sculptures. And though they have been around for a while, many homeowners still haven’t heard about optical framing projectors, which are easily available online and can offer a look that most people haven’t seen before.
Optical framing projectors are among the most robust forms of specialty art lighting, mainly because they can focus a sharp beam of halogen illumination into nearly any space. When masked properly, they can produce shaped illumination that contours to the subject’s edges, illuminating the subject and the subject only. That produces a glowing effect that will make the subject stand out starkly from its surroundings. And halogen is the best form of illumination available when it comes to color rendering, so the true color hues in the subject will be represented faithfully. In fact, most of Phantom’s clients are surprised by the incredible vividness that an optical framing projector can impart into a painting or sculpture.
Put it all together, and it’s the most powerful way to represent all kinds of creative subjects, no matter the setting.
When it comes time to set up a display for a painting or a sculpture, the first people to call are the specialists in fine art lighting. It’s always exciting setting up fixtures for a new piece, but it’s always best to plan out the project before executing it. This will ensure the homeowner gets the best possible look for their display, and one that will last for many years. Professional designers will know just how to go about this, offering the best fixtures available and using them to their maximum potential.
Many homeowners don’t know where to start with display fixtures, but specialists in fine art lighting can step in and guide the process from the start. They can determine which fixtures will work best in the space, and show them off to a homeowner so that they know what to expect with the system. Once the fixtures have been selected, the designer will study the installation area to determine optimal placement. For example, Phantom Lighting’s optical framing projectors produce a unique look that is aided with concealment. When working with a framing projector, the designer will look for a spot that provides excellent cover while preserving the best aiming angle.
Installation will be comparatively quick and simple, and in a professional’s hands, it will be done flawlessly. And once a homeowner sees the end result, they will completely understand why a professional designer was the right choice.
There are many approaches to art illumination, but only a few can provide a special look that will wow others. People quickly get used to traditional forms of lighting, which can make it difficult to get people to pay attention to a prized painting or sculpture. Fortunately, optical framing projectors can provide exactly what homeowners are looking for – a streamlined fixture that can easily blend into any setting and provide a unique lighting pattern that most people have never seen before. And Phantom can help set it up as well.
Optical framing projectors are the ultimate form of art illumination, and are typically recessed inside the ceiling and hidden with a minimalistic cover plate. From their concealed position, they fire a powerful beam of halogen light which can be shaped using a masking attachment. The point of shaping the light is to ensure only the subject is lit up, and not everything around it. The problem with spill lighting is that it doesn’t help the painting or sculpture stand out, making it appear somewhat flat. However, by masking the light, either with a set of adjustable shutters or with a custom metal slide, the subject will appear much brighter than the wall it is mounted to. That not only makes the subject appear more vivid, it also gives it depth and visual focus.
And that effect is something that most people have never seen before, so if a homeowner wants a certain precious painting or sculpture to get the respect it deserves, an optical framing projector is an obvious choice.
There are a couple of challenges when focusing optical projectors to illuminate art, but it’s nothing that a little professional expertise can’t solve. These fixtures are designed to be easy to handle, even by people who have no confidence in their technical skills. And while installation is simple enough, securing the right placement spot takes a little planning and foresight. Consulting with an expert can solve any possible issues, and professionals have access to additional customization options. These options can sidestep a lot of common issues associated with high power display fixtures and ensure a seamless, blended appearance.
The key to focusing optical projectors to illuminate art is to get the placement right and to get the beam spread right. This is essential to framing the illumination and metering it properly along the edges. If the fixture is placed above eye level, it must be offset to prevent glare from bouncing back into the observer’s face. However, offsetting the fixture requires extra ceiling space, which isn’t always available. Phantom’s fixtures overcome this with a unique lensing apparatus that allows for multiple beam angle options. The beam angles are produced by finely adjusting the focal lenses inside the fixture, and adjusting the beam angle enables the installer to place the fixture at one of several distances. So, if necessary, the fixture can be placed close or far away, and even way down a corridor or hallway if the homeowner opts for Phantom’s 150fl lenses.
As one of the most advanced fixture technologies on the market, shaped illumination may be a bit intimidating for a homeowner, but they are easy to use and quick to install with a little professional assistance.