Every aesthetic illumination system has to bring together several cabinet light components to make the display work. This goes beyond just the fixtures themselves, as designers also have to make decisions on how the lamp is customized and how it is arranged. Bringing all of these parts together into a cohesive whole takes the work of an expert, and it also takes high-quality technology that can be configured to any setting. Phantom’s systems, in particular, emphasize this versatile approach and include several elements that can be tailored to any setting.
What are some essential cabinet light components that every display should include?
With every system, designers and installers have to make several decisions, as Phantom’s fixtures can be configured on multiple levels. Some of the most important parts of a system include:
- The lamp itself – without a source of illumination, there’s no display, and there are many lamps to choose from. Phantom offers incandescent, xenon and LED models, and its LED fixtures are ideal for clients that want efficiency and reliability, in addition to power.
- The source’s color – LEDs can be customized to produce a range of colors and color temperatures, and this can have a major impact on the system’s appearance. For example, if the fixtures are going to be used to display leather bound books or paintings with reds and oranges, then a fixture that emits warm illumination will work best. Or perhaps a homeowner wants a distinct color, like a gentle blue, to pair with glass or metal pieces. LEDs can be customized to do this as well.
- Mounting trim – while the most important cabinet light components are built into the fixture, mounting trim is still a critical element of many systems. It is designed to conceal the fixtures from view, while also providing a structure around which the fixtures can be metered. In other words, the trim allows the installer to better aim and control the illumination, by blocking out undesirable aiming angles.
- Drivers – drivers are intended for use with LED strips and deliver power to the fixtures. Phantom offers several driver options, each of which can support different wattage levels. This ranges from 16 watts to 96 x 3 watts, and all of Phantom’s driver models are concealable, making them easy to assimilate into a system.
- Glare shields – what makes aesthetic illumination work is its softness. If hard edges are present, it will create unsightly contrast and sharp divisions between light and dark. Glare shields are what make this softness possible, by diffusing the illumination as it leaves the fixture.
- Dimmer controls – it’s not always best to have the system operating at peak level, and dimmer controls allow homeowners to set the output level quickly. At night, for example, the system can be brought down to reduce the intensity of illumination and to conserve power.
These are the standard cabinet light components involved in every installation, and with an experienced professional bringing them together, they can produce a cohesive, sophisticated display.