Why are illumination experts masking light to fit art?
Illumination designers are always looking for a better way to display paintings, photographs, sculptures and other creative subjects. But these subjects pose a real challenge to an installer because even a slight tweak in the wrong direction can leave a homeowner with an undesirable look.
That’s why so many designers are turning to technologies that cut out the spill illumination and build contrast between the subject and its surroundings. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by varying levels of brightness, which is where Phantom’s optical framing projectors come in.
What are the challenges with masking light to fit art?
For the most part, it’s not difficult to shape illumination to standard sized oil paintings, tapestries, lithographs, frescos, collages and photographs, when selecting the right fixture. However, oversized or unusually shaped subjects are harder to manage. Halogen beams can also cause damage to sensitive works if the installer is not careful.
Some home and venue owners also need fixtures installed in areas that have additional obstacles. For example, a homeowner may not want the ceiling altered, or there may be new construction present that complicates installation. Some areas also don’t allow for bottom or top access, which will also need accounting for prior to installation. Fortunately, Phantom has a solution prepared for these challenges.
What products does Phantom offer for masking light to fit art?
Phantom produces a range of optical framing projectors specially made for displaying a variety of creative subjects. Each projector has a sophisticated halogen engine and proprietary lensing combination that ensures precision lighting. Phantom also provides two masking attachments – either a cut metal slide customizable for a particular subject, or a pair of adjustable shutters modified for different square or rectangular pieces.
To adequately illuminate oversized subjects, Phantom can set up several projectors that work in tandem to illuminate a single piece. This requires positioning the projector lights at oblique angles allowing uniform distribution of the field of light. Once this is accomplished, the light is them shaped to fit the contour of the art.
With sculptures and other uniquely shaped installations, precisely fitting the beam to the edges of the subject can be tough. Hand cut templates used for masking the light on sculptures or three dimensional objects generally require the assistance of a professional.
Halogen does emit UV radiation, which can be a problem when the fixture is near the subject. However, Phantom’s projectors by design pass the light through multiple lenses which remove harmful rays. Optional UV filters are available for particularly rare or expensive works if desired.
How can Phantom customize its optical framing projectors for a particular setting?
Whether you have a drywall or acoustical ceiling, Phantom Contour projectors are adaptable to most every installation condition. With multiple masking methods and precision optics, these high performance lighting fixtures will change a room by providing dramatic and striking results!