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.
By manipulating focused light to follow the contour of art, a homeowner can produce one of the rarest illumination effects around today. Illumination designers are always looking for new ways to show off paintings, sculptures, and other creative subjects, as museums and galleries need new techniques to properly showcase the pieces on display. One of these advanced techniques is getting rid of the spill illumination, which is the portion of the beam that doesn’t contact the subject, but the surface it is mounted on instead. It may sound like a minor thing, but the impact is enormous, and easy to produce with expert help.
The trick to manipulating focused light to follow the contour of art is to use a mask over an optical framing projector. Optical framing projectors are extremely high quality fixtures that produce directional illumination. They are also completely concealable, which means they can produce their beautiful effect while remaining out of sight. The halogen beam produced is shaped by a pair of adjustable shutters or with a customized metal slide that is cut to fit the subject’s edges. This screens out all spill illumination, brightly illuminating the subject while keeping its surroundings in the dark, so to speak. The intense contrast makes the subject appear as if it is lit from within and glowing.
The process is compatible with paintings and sculptures of any size and shape, and can create a strong centerpiece for a homeowner that wants to show off a prized collection.
Few illumination techniques have the impact of lighting art from within with optical framing projectors, and this kind of system is almost as creative as the painting or sculpture they are designed to display. While many displays are designed to pump as much illumination as possible into the display, this technique is more surgical, honing a sharp beam of halogen illumination until it is shaped to the subject. It’s a method that is even compatible with extremely intricate sculptures, or displays that include multiple paintings.
As soon as a homeowner sees the fixture itself, they will realize the high quality involved in the technology. Lighting art from within with optical framing projectors requires some of the most sophisticated fixture technology available, and is comparable to the powerful stage fixtures seen in professional venues. Still, even with their sophisticated housing, lensing apparatus, and MR16 halogen lamp, they can be completely concealed inside the ceiling or on a tall piece of furniture.
To get the shaped the effect, either a pair of adjustable shutters or a custom metal slide has to be attached to the front of the fixture. The mask only allows a portion of the beam to pass through, and when framed properly, the unmasked portion of the beam only extends to the edges of the subject. As a result, only the subject is illuminated, and not the surrounding walls or ceiling. With so much visual contrast, the result is a piece that appears to be glowing. Others may think a fixture has been installed behind the piece, but the truth is more elegant than that.
Lighting art with framing projectors is gaining steam among homeowners, though it remains one of the best kept secrets in the industry. Every designer’s goal is to produce a system for their clients that looks like a one of a kind of display. But in an industry where designers are constantly pushing new technology to its limits, achieving that goal may feel impossible. Using shaped illumination is one of those new concepts, and is perhaps the final word on sophisticated painting or sculpture displays.
The end effect is the primary reason for lighting art with framing projectors. Shaped illumination has an enormous capacity to generate contrast, and every designer knows that contrast is key to generating visual interest. To get that high contrast appearance, the fixture is masked in a way that eliminates spill illumination. While spill can produce a dramatic look that some homeowners prefer, it can also flatten the subject against the wall, as it is less clear where the boundaries of the painting or sculpture are. Of course, people don’t really have trouble picking up on the shape and size of the subject, but with additional contrast, its colors will appear more vibrant and provide extra depth around the subject’s edges, making it appear as if it is popping off the wall.
It’s a show stopper, to be sure, and is completely safe to use with a delicate subject as well, so it is appropriate for any setup.
By highlighting art with optical framing projectors, a homeowner can get the kind of look that is normally only seen in museums and galleries. In the past, displaying paintings and sculptures meant blowing up an entire wall with illumination, as this was once the only way to establish a centerpiece in a display. Modern technology, though, makes it possible to get rid of the excess illumination and only brighten up the subject, producing staggering contrast between the piece and its surroundings.
There are significant benefits to highlighting art with optical framing projectors, in addition to the unique, lit from within effect that other systems cannot produce. These systems are also completely concealable and produce no overhead clutter, a common problem with previous display technologies. They also emit halogen illumination, which is largely considered to be the best at rendering color, so it can bring out all of the subtle features in a painting. And, unlike incandescent and frame mounted installations, shaped illumination cannot damage the painting with heat or radiation, as long as the fixture is fitted with UV filters. This will preserve the subject for as long as possible, extending its life for many more years.
Homeowners invest a lot of time and money in their collections, so it makes sense to use the most sophisticated illumination technology available. Shaped illumination is that technology, and Phantom Lighting can make it work for your collection.
Strong art light placement is, perhaps, the most important element of an attractive creative display. With the proper setup, it is possible to eliminate glare and shadows, and it is possible to create a powerful look. It takes a little foresight, though, and a little planning, which is why it is best to bring on an illumination expert to facilitate the process. With expert assistance, you won’t have to waste time cutting holes in the ceiling that may not work.
In fact, homeowners may not realize exactly where such a fixture can go. Art light placement is usually focused on the ceiling, but Phantom’s projectors are more versatile than that. Some homeowners don’t want to alter their ceiling, so a surface mount projector makes more sense. And surface mount projectors can go just about anywhere, including on top of tall furniture.
It may seem like the best spot to put the fixture is right in front of the subject, but it often makes more sense to offset it. This is because setting the projector off to the side will direct any glare off to the side of the room as well. Pushing away the glare ensures the painting looks nice from most viewing angles. Shadows are an easier problem to handle and are normally caused by deeper frames. Setting the projector a little further back can fix this.
While projector setup issues can be overcome, you want to figure it out before installing the fixture. Phantom’s experts take the guesswork out of the process, ensuring that the projector works as intended the moment it is installed.
A surface mount art light is a strong option for nearly any display, though they do have to be aimed properly to produce the proper look. These fixtures are easier to install than most recessed fixtures and only have to attach to a ceiling or wall. Because they are not confined, they often have complete freedom of movement. This grants them a level of flexibility that recessed fixtures have trouble matching. Some homeowners even prefer the look of an exposed lamp, as it can help establish the layout of a room and cue people to where the focal point of a space is.
Perhaps the most popular surface mount art light is an accent light. Accent lights such as the surface mounted projectors from Phantom Lighting are flexible, adaptable and high performance. They can be focused on a single subject and create a powerful wash of illumination, or they can be aimed at different targets and illuminate a grouping of paintings.
Another top option is Phantom’s SM series of optical framing projectors. Most of the projectors Phantom offers are recessed into the ceiling, but the SM series is attached directly to the ceiling. The SM projector is more economical than other projector options but can still be configured with masking attachments, dimmer controls, and special lenses or filters. With the SM projector, a homeowner can get a professional level installation for a fraction of the price and installation time.
The best art lighting fixture for a particular setting has to be powerful, efficient and flexible enough to offer the right spread of illumination. There is no one technology that offers this in every situation, but optical framing projectors come close. Optical framing projectors offer an incredible mix of output and versatility and are considered by most experts to be the gold standard for displaying paintings and sculptures. With several projector models to choose from, they can be fitted to nearly any setting.
There are several reasons why experts consider an optical framing projector to be the best art lighting fixture available on the market. Power is one, and Phantom Lighting’s projectors use an intense halogen source coupled with a unique lensing apparatus. This keeps the beam focused, sharp and even.
Phantom’s projectors are available in several models, including one that is designed for top access only, one that is ideal for new construction, and one made for remodeling applications. They can be installed in shallow and deep ceilings, small and large rooms alike.
Finally, optical framing projectors can be adjusted during and following installation to ensure an optimal fit. A rotating cradle allows for near 360 degree aiming, along with multiple angle settings to set a vertical position. Phantom’s optical framing projectors are also compatible with one of a few masking techniques, each of them designed to eliminate spill illumination and ensure only the subject is lit properly. The effect is truly unique, as it makes the subject appear as if it is glowing from within.
Residential art lighting can be that element that ties a display together. It is capable of bringing out the subtle touches and colors in any piece, and this will be essential if a homeowner wants their collection to be fully appreciated. There are a number of approaches to illuminating a subject, but most of them are focused on picking out the subject with an intense wash of aimed illumination. However, the subject’s composition, shape and color will all have to be taken into consideration before picking a fixture.
For example, displaying a sculpture can be done with fixtures mounted to a pedestal or mounted on the ceiling or wall. For a small sculpture placed on a pedestal, small fixtures aimed up toward the sculpture are often sufficient. Larger sculptures need a more involved plan. For instance, a designer may place the fixtures behind the sculpture, directly above it, or at an angle away from the subject.
With paintings, residential art lighting like optical framing projectors, track fixtures or recessed fixtures (like eyeball lamps or wall washers), can all be set up for the display. Among these options, optical framing projectors usually provide the superior look, as they emit a powerful beam from a concealed spot. It’s an impressive effect that is customarily reserved for professional settings, so it is sure to impress both the homeowner and their guests.
High-end light fixtures find their way into a lot of art displays, as they output the power and precision that creative subjects need to shine. Not all of these lamps behave the same way, but they are adept at bringing out the subject with interesting and contrasting illumination. Perhaps the most important consideration is just how the lamps look, and a homeowner’s preference in this area will determine what is installed in the space.
There are a few types of high-end light fixtures that are regularly used for art displays. These include recessed and mount lamps, though they can be placed nearly anywhere. In general, most displays work best with ceiling recessed or mount lamps. Optical framing projectors, in particular, are a highly effective option due to their customizability and excellent power. Phantom’s projectors are usually recessed into the ceiling, though Phantom does offer a surface mount version as well. With one of four masking options, Phantom’s projectors can fire a shaped beam of halogen illumination that contours to any subject. Once seen, the effect is impressive and can provide a new look for any piece of art. It can also be used with paintings, sculptures or nearly any other subject, so there is no limit to what Phantom’s projectors can display.