Lighting framed art takes planning and skill, as even the smallest misstep will result in an inferior look. Owners will have a number of fixtures to choose from, but each option has their limitations. Some are inflexible, some are hard to manage, and others are unsafe to use near some paintings. Phantom’s optical framing projectors, though, are designed to avoid these issues, creating an impressive amount of illumination in a compact, streamlined package.
What are some common fixtures used for lighting framed art?
There is a vast variety of fixtures available to owners, but only a handful should merit serious consideration. Surface-mounted track fixtures are a popular option and are at their best when used to focus a lot of illumination on a single area, which is why they often accompany paintings, photographs and the like. They are also versatile in that they can be aimed in multiple directions, allowing for a number of applications. Track systems are available in two circuit models which means one or more fixtures on the track can be controlled independently. This is helpful in hallways, galleries, or areas where lighting framed art requires flexibility. Low voltage recessed halogen fixtures are a top choice as well as they are excellent at rendering color and produce very little ceiling clutter. They can also produce a dramatic effect that helps the subject stand out. And though they produce ultraviolet radiation, which can be harmful to oil paintings, they can be fitted with UV filters to block the radiation. The problem with recessed fixtures is that they have limited adjustability once installed. This isn’t an issue if the owner plans on keeping a single subject under the fixture, but may present problems if multiple subjects share the same space. Recessed fixtures do not offer masking options, so they are not capable of producing contour illumination.
Contour projectors are considered by most professionals to be the most effective at lighting framed art. Contour projectors can be customized to fit the subject of nearly any size or shape, and multiple projectors can evenly illuminate paintings that are incredibly large. In fact, multiple projectors are usually only required in museums or galleries where a single subject may extend for 20 feet or more. Phantom’s projectors have a halogen beam that produces the best possible light to display paintings, as it creates a neutral white balance. This renders the color in its actual hues and makes it easier to see the subtle differences between similar colors.
Most projectors can use a cut template for masking, but Phantom’s projectors can also have a set of adjustable shutters. Adjustable shutters are ideal for masking illumination to fit the frame, which is why they are usually used to show off paintings or photographs. Phantom also produces UV filters to block out harmful radiation, ensuring the subject isn’t harmed by the illumination.
The right fixture is what you’ll need if you want to make the most out of a piece of artwork. And in most cases, the right fixture is one of Phantom’s projectors.