Reasons For Using An Art Framing Light

ls_application18_250With valuable art, not just any framing light will do. Most fixtures aren’t designed with things like oil paintings, photographs, tapestries, frescoes or lithographs in mind. They either produce too much or poorly arranged illumination that overwhelms the subject instead of bringing out its flourishes. Many homeowners mistake more for better in this instance, but this is a sure way to make the subject look worse, not better. Not many people take into account the effect of spill illumination, either, but this an important consideration.

The best way to show off art is with a framing light that helps it stand out. After all, what’s the point of displaying a piece if it isn’t going to garner any attention? Phantom’s projectors provide this visual punch by eliminating spill light from the display. While it is fine in most situations, spill illumination has a tendency to dull the edges of a piece, making it harder to discern it from its surroundings. It’s a subtle effect, but it is enough to keep a piece of art from realizing its full potential. By removing all spill illumination, only the face of the piece is brightened up. This defines the boundaries of the painting, photograph or sculpture as well, creating the kind of contrast needed to help the piece pop off the wall. The effect is incredible and makes the subject look like its glowing or lit from within. And it’s something that Phantom can make possible with any installation.

For Precision Art Lighting Use Contour Projectors

phantom-art-lighting1b-288Homeowners are always looking for a better way to show off their prized belongings, and precision art lighting may be the answer. These concealed fixtures are perfect for intricate subjects that need to be well-lit for maximum effect. If properly installed, they can create a powerful beam of illumination that contours perfectly to the subject, creating a unique look that is not available with other fixtures.

Precision art lighting works because it has high-quality technology and masking attachments that further refine the beam. Phantom’s contour projectors, for example, use a halogen light engine and a unique lensing apparatus that focuses the beam precisely. As the light is emitted from the projector, a cut metal slide or a set of movable shutters pares the beam down so that it only radiates on the face of the subject. This technology is compatible with anything on display, including unique sculptures, sets of paintings, models, or precious artifacts. The projector is safe to use, even with delicate or aged items.

Phantom’s technology also stands out because it is easy for installers to handle. The problem with most projectors is that they require a high level of expertise from the installer. Phantom’s projectors are designed to be intuitive for an installer, so homeowners can rest assured that the placement of the projector is correct, resulting in a brilliantly lit subject.

Why Are Recessed Lights Preferred For A Soft Illumination?

Why Use Recessed Lights for Art Displays?Recessed lights are often preferred for their sleek profile and their ability to create softer illumination. When placed inside the ceiling, they are less likely to create harsh, direct radiance from all angles. These fixtures also convey an air of sophistication and are usually found in more high-end establishments or homes. They reduce ceiling clutter and don’t have the gaudy feel that surface mounted fixtures often come with. In fact, museums and art galleries usually favor these fixtures because they are easier to control and are able to generate better illumination overall.

Phantom offers some of the most advanced recessed lights in the industry. Its contour art projectors are concealed inside the ceiling behind durable aluminum housing, so only a small aperture is visible. This makes it nearly impossible for people to see the projector, which preserves the clean, sophisticated look that these fixtures are known for. This is especially important in art galleries and museums where a sharp aesthetic is required at all times.

Phantom’s contour projectors use MR16, halogen, fiber optic fixtures to create reliable, powerful illumination. These are professional level technologies that are reserved for precious items, like artwork, sculptures or photographs. They are safe to use on delicate canvases and pigments and are ideal for color rendering. True color rendering is a must have quality in any recessed lights used to display artwork. Without it, the colors inside the subject will either be washed out and muted, or tinted another color. This is a problem with incandescent and fluorescent fixtures, both of which produce color tones on the extreme edges of the spectrum.

Contour art projectors from Phantom are designed to illuminate a specific subject. Using a  custom cut template or adjustable shutters, Phantom ensures that each projector can mask the light to perfectly illuminate the art work. This is what Phantom means when it states that its projectors contour to the subject. They produce zero spill illumination, which can cause harsh shadows or look sloppy. With radiance that is shaped to the piece, it’s hard to tell the subject is being lit up at all because the radiance will appear to emanate from within. This ethereal glow makes the piece pop and appear full of life. Even if a person looks for the source of illumination, they will find it almost impossible to spot the projector in the ceiling. In all, the effect is mesmerizing.

These projectors can be installed in nearly any setting, and though they are usually installed in high-end residences, they are also used in commercial buildings, art galleries, and museums. Phantom offers five varieties of recessed installation methods to house its projector. They can be blended into the ceiling perfectly, placed in a room with no bottom access, integrated into new construction or remodeled homes, or mounted to the surface of the ceiling instead of inside. With so many options available, the right fit can be found for any subject.

Framing Projectors Are The Preferred Method Of Lighting Fine Art

One great masterpiece deserves another, and framing projectors are indisputably the number one choice for illuminating fine art. Unsurpassed in delivering a sharp contour of the artwork on display, these cutting-edge devices ensure that magnificent paintings, riveting abstracts, and captivating sculptures are presented in the most flattering light possible.

The Phantom Contour line of framing projectors is the premier product available on the market today. With state-of-the-art technology, the brand demonstrates numerous advantages in both performance and value. Owners of Phantom Contour products are, for example, in complete control of the angle, brightness and strength of illumination. This allows them to achieve customized and exceedingly flexible lighting for their prized possessions.

Low-watt halogen lamps ensure the hanging (or standing) treasures are protected from possibly harmful ultraviolet rays, while emanating a museum-quality beam of light that lends an unprecedented majesty to the artwork on display. Unobtrusive and well-hidden, these fixtures are normally recessed into the ceiling and visible only to those who actively search for the light source that creates the “lighted from within” effect.

Designed with user-friendliness in mind, these devices are remarkably easy to install for novice and expert alike. Professional assistance from an electrician is usually not needed, and Phantom lighting agents stand at the ready to guide consumers through the eight-step installation process if needed. Custom templates are provided for accurate measurements, and all needed accessories such as screws and clips are included in the package.

Phantom Contour products are fully customizable with dimmers, pattern gobos, offset housing, and adjustable shutters. In addition, the company was the first to introduce a “Remodel Housing” model that allows for between-floor installation without cuts to the ceiling.

Contour Projectors Perfect the Art of Light Display

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There is the typical art display light, and then there is the art of light display. Two vastly different concepts, the contrast is palpable the moment one enters a room where creative masterpieces are showcased.

Standard picture lights are unrefined, basic fixtures that offer very little in terms of elegance, brilliance, and quality. At most suitable for perhaps a poster print, this type of illumination is hopelessly out of its league when it comes to exquisite works of art that, by nature, demand the best. The Phantom Contour line of projectors meets this requirement better than any other product on the market.

Contour projectors not only challenge competing products and manufacturers, but also demonstrate superiority over traditional forms of art illumination, such as incandescent and fluorescent varieties. With the use of low-watt halogen bulbs, contour projectors generate an uninterrupted beam of light that creates a burst of colors and grasps the silhouette of a painting or sculpture in precise detail. They are safe to use on any type of material because they deflect possibly harmful infrared and ultraviolet rays.

Available in six models featuring a range of mounting techniques and housing styles, Contour projectors possess unparalleled flexibility and are highly customizable. All of this while delivering top-quality illumination, and maintaining a cost-effective price point. The fixtures can be used in concert with dimmers and gobo templates for additional effects.

Contour projectors are unobtrusive in design to minimize interruption to the ceiling. Most models can be painted, textured, and even wallpapered over. The Remodel Housing version is a unique, patented Phantom product. It is the only projector model on the market that eliminates cuts to the ceiling during installation.

Fine Art Lighting Is Unlike Other Forms of Illumination

Fine art lighting focuses on the subject rather than the light.Fine art lighting is not like any other form of illumination. It must represent beautiful works in all their glory without overwhelming the observer. If these fixtures are poorly installed or manufactured, they may wash out the vibrant colors in the subject or distract people with their intensity. For this reason, many venues rely on the projectors produced by Phantom. A ceiling mounted projector from Phantom keeps a low profile, requires little energy, and can be customized to fit any art piece.

Simple incandescent or fluorescent bulbs are not appropriate for fine art lighting. Both produce color temperatures that are either too warm or too cool, often distorting the inherent color in the piece. They cannot be placed in a way that best flatters the subject, reducing the impact the piece has on observers. LED and halogen projectors solve these problems with superior technology and smart designs.

LED and halogen projectors both require less energy than an incandescent or fluorescent fixture. As a result, they are less expensive to operate and pose less of a fire risk. This is important, because display projectors must be kept on for hours at a time. They also produce illumination that is very close to neutral white, which does not alter the color in the subject.

Phantom’s projectors are designed to maintain a low footprint when mounted in the ceiling, and a low profile when activated. They can even be installed in a ceiling that has very little attic space. Versatility is a major design concept for Phantom, so its projectors can illuminate horizontally or at an angle. They can also be calibrated to properly illuminate an object of any shape.

The result is an elimination of spill, or illumination that extends beyond the subject. This contoured fine art lighting, therefore, can give the subject a glow that looks like it is coming from within. This allows the focus to remain on the artwork rather than the light.

Contour Lighting Projectors

Contour Projector really highlights artwork!Contour Lighting Projectors are today’s most advanced choice when it comes to illuminating fine masterpieces. These state-of-the-art fixtures enhance the inherent beauty of paintings and sculptures with a brilliance and radiance never seen before, producing the so-called “lighted from within effect.”

These exceptional fixtures feature a contoured light beam that captures the silhouette of the art object and crisply defines its outline. The illumination is achieved through a low-watt halogen lamp that works alone (for a vivid brightness) or in concert with a dimmer (for a more subtle glimmer).

Contour lighting projectors deflect harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays and are therefore safe to illuminate prized art of practically any medium, including oil and water colors, acrylics, plaster and more. This suitability for a diverse range of materials is a significant advantage over natural sun exposure, which tends to fade colors and textiles over time. Projector luminance is also superior to fluorescent fixtures, which actually generate potentially harmful UV rays that can damage sensitive materials. Fluorescent illumination, like its incandescent counterpart, is also known for its mediocre rendering of colors.

Projectors are highly versatile and available in a range of designs, making them a perfect choice that fits within the technical parameters of just about any circumstance. Almost all versions are recessed into the ceiling and feature a near-flat cover plate that can be camouflaged with paint so as not to disturb the integrity of the ceiling. Each type necessitates apertures of minimal diameter.  Some models require attic access for proper installation, while others can be mounted from below.

Most fixtures of this type are relatively easy to install, but the guidance and/or installation by professionals is recommended for the illumination of three-dimensional art pieces.

Contour Projector Frequently Asked Questions

RM Series Contour ProjectorWhy would I use the Contour Projector instead of a low voltage pinhole light?

The primary reason to use a framing projector is to shape the light exactly to the contour of the object of art without illuminating the wall or floor around it. This is done with one of two masking methods: Adjustable shutters or custom cut templates. The art takes on a three-dimensional, lighted from within look, which is spectacular in the right environment. Framing projectors are considered the most dramatic form of art illumination on the market today!

How does the Phantom Contour Projector compare with the Wendelighting® optical projector?

The two projectors are very similar in optical design except for the light source, housings and mounting techniques. Utilizing a 75-Watt MR16 lamp our custom lenses collect, condense and focus the light to levels exceeding the 150-Watt lamp used in the Wendelighting® optical projector. This has allowed us to reduce the size of the housings by 50% and design five different mounting methods to handle any installation condition. The remodel housing, a first in the industry, if perfect for applications where drywall repairs are not practical or desired.

Will the light from the Phantom Contour Projector fade my art?

No, almost all of the infrared heat is contained within the projector itself. Most of the ultraviolet light is filtered out as it goes through the lens. Special UV filters are available by request for sensitive pieces of art.

How difficult is Phantom Contour Projector to install?

It is really quite simple if you understand the concept and follow the provided instructions. Selecting the right housing and focal lenses is the most important part of the installation. Send us some drawings or a picture and we will be able to discuss your needs!

What kind of dimmer should I use to control the Phantom Contour Projector?

We recommend that you use a dimmer that is designed to control an electronic transformer. Some dimming systems such as Lutron Grafik Eye may require the use of an electronic interface. Consult the manufacturer or you local lighting professional for information regarding dimmer controls. We now offer Q-Tran magnetic transformers on all our projector models.

Where can I learn more about Phantom fine art lighting projectors?

Feel free to contact us toll free at 800-863-1184, visit our mobile website, lighting blog or virtual lighting showroom to discover which Phantom Lighting products and models will best adapt to your particular lighting needs.

Where can I request Phantom lighting information?

Subscribe to our RSS feed and get instantaneous results! You can also request literature on our main website, visit our mobile website, see us at Lightfair International or read through the many informative summaries and frequently asked questions 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, interior designers and cabinet lighting builders on two major continents.

Where is Phantom Lighting manufacturerd?

Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas. A network of nationwide distributorships and sales representatives fans out throughout all 50 states into cities like Scottsdale, Arizona, Seattle, Washington (SEA), Los Angeles, CA, (LAX) Boston, Massachusetts (BOS), Princeton, NJ (EWR), Philadelphia, PA, Dallas, Texas (DWF), Pasadena, California, Chicago, IL (ORD), Baltimore, MD (BWI), and Minneapolis, MN (MSP). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Phantom Lighting Systems

cp_application9What Makes Phantom Lighting Unique Among Lighting Fixture Manufacturers?

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.

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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!

The Best Art Deserves the Best Art Lighting from the Best Lighting Manufacturer.

The best art should be shown in the best possible art light. While, lighting your artwork may present a challenge at first because there are so many art lighting fixtures and lamps for you to choose from, a basic understanding of the elements essential to high-end artwork and picture lighting will help you quickly narrow down your choices to a select few fixtures that embody several, or even all, of the elements that characterize the best lighting for art.

The Light Must Strike The Art at Exactly The Right Angle.
In order to understand just how critical angles are to lighting art, try the following experiment: Stand in front of any mirror in your home with a small flashlight and shine the flashlight directly into the mirror. You will instantly be struck by a bright, direct reflection, as the mirror actually magnifies the beam by scattering the photons when it reflects them back into your eyes.

Now, move to different angles, moving the flashlight in the process. When you can clearly see your own form without being blinding by the reflection of the flashlight, you have found be best angle for lighting yourself in the mirror.

The same accent lighting tools are used by designers to position fixtures at the best angles for lighting art. Any surface reflects light to some extent, and while it may not be as intense as a reflection in a mirror, it will nonetheless cause discomfort to viewers. This is especially the case when lighting high-end photography. Photographs have glossy surfaces and are often enclosed in glass frames. The best lighting angle for these forms of art is generally from a recessed position or track lighting installation. This causes the majority of reflected light to angle downward to the floor.

Invest in Low Voltage Equipment.
Low voltage fixtures more often than not provide the best lighting for artwork in museums and galleries. This is because of to several reasons. The first is cost. Low voltage lights consume far less power and can be left on for longer periods of time without exorbitant electricity bills. Low voltage lights also produce a less glaring luminance that is more radiant and ambient. It very difficult to achieve soft picture lighting or lighted from within special effects with line voltage equipment simply because there is too much luminance output striking the piece.

Finally, low-voltage lights are lower wattage and operate at lower temperatures than line voltage lights. This is another reason low-voltage fixtures tend typically produce the best lighting for art because they emit little if any forward throw heat that can dry out paints and cause them to crack over time.

Dimmable Fixtures Give You Greater Lighting Control.
Dimmable fixtures are generally the best art light to use in any display or exhibition. Each work of art is unique and conveys its own message through a subtle interplay of colors and the contrast between light and shadow. A fixed beam of bright light will either overemphasize light or dark elements or certain colors, or, even worse, throw reflected light back into the eyes. Dimmable accent lighting fixtures give you ultimate control over luminance levels so you can achieve the best results when lighting your art. Dimmer controls should always be easy to operate and allow you to make quick adjustments.

Make certain you invest in UV-filters or fixtures designed to filter UV light.
UV radiation is even more deadly to artwork than it is to human skin. It must be eliminated from any source of lighting, or your best art will soon deteriorate and be permanently lost to time. Almost all artwork lighting fixtures are equipped with some sort of mechanism to minimize UV output. However, the best art in your collection cannot afford any exposure to UV light and require the most sophisticated filtration technology possible to protect their integrity and beauty.

Phantom Contour Art Projectors Combine All of These Characteristics Into a Single Design.
Phantom projectors embody all the attributes that characterize the world’s best lights for art. They are low profile, low voltage light sources that conserve power, are extremely cost effective, and easy to angle and adjust. A Contour Projector install on the ceiling can be adjusted to fit the dimensions of a painting, photograph, or sculpture and produce illumination that appears to be more like an “aura” around the piece than a beam of light shooting toward it. We call this “the lighted from within” effect.

Phantom optical projector lights are simple to use and allow you to dim or raise lighting levels at will. The proprietary optical lens design also allows you to fit the beam to the dimensions of any work of art on display. Few people who visit your collection will ever see a Phantom projector, however, because it is smaller than competing models and hides itself either in or on the ceiling to angle an invisible beam of light downward onto the artwork which becomes visible only when it strikes the surface.

Most importantly, Phantom Contour projectors feature patented, sophisticated UV filters that completely strip the light of all ultraviolet radiation so it can safely light your best art with no negative effects resulting. Everyone from private collectors, commercial clients, and professional galleries can benefit from a Phantom Contour Projector, and they can also choose from any of six models that are specifically designed for different environments. A Phantom lighting agent can help you determine which model will work best for your art lighting needs.

A Toll-Free call to 1-800-863-1184 will connect you now with customer service to schedule a free consultation. We invite you to view our client image gallery or visit our art lighting blog.