What Is The Purpose Of Artistic Lighting?

Artistic lighting has the power to make a treasured masterpiece shine and glow from within. For collectors and lovers of fine works of art, the illumination they choose can spell the difference between a painting (or sculpture) fading into the background or dazzling with unprecedented beauty.

Task and general lighting fixtures simply cannot rival the customized and highly focused quality of artistic lighting equipment
. Some types of illumination may actually harm valuable pieces. Phantom Contour artistic lighting fixtures, on the other hand, render paintings and three-dimensional pieces with accuracy and brilliance.


Many newcomers to collecting are under the impression that natural sun is the preferred way to illuminate works of art
. This is a common misconception. The sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays can, over time, wash out colors and even degrade canvas. They can significantly damage a variety of textiles, crack paint or discolor photographs.


Incandescent and fluorescent fixtures are both known to deliver poor color rendering.

While incandescent illumination generally does no harm and lends itself to bringing out the warmth in yellows, oranges and browns, the cooler hues such as blues, purples and greens tend to suffer a flat effect. In addition, incandescent bulbs are slowly disappearing from retailer’s shelves in favor of more energy-efficient alternatives, and replacement bulbs may be hard to come by in future years.

Fluorescent fixtures are valued for their energy efficiency, but their poor color rendering also makes them an inadequate choice for picture frame illumination. More importantly, fluorescent bulbs produce ultraviolet rays that can result in the same devastating consequences as natural sun illumination, fading colors or, worse yet, damaging paints, textiles and frames.


The powerful white light of low-watt halogen lamps enhances the many hues of the entire color spectrum, bringing out the soft glows of orange, yellow and brown, as well as the bright sparkle of green, blue and violet, and everything in between. Modern technology equips low-watt halogen bulbs with the capability to deflect ultraviolet and infrared rays that could damage a painting.

Collectors who want to illuminate an entire wall of paintings of various sizes and mediums can add in some incandescent lamps to achieve the optimal effect. Unfortunately, this practice can become quite expensive as it may take an expanse of recessed lamps to generate the most favorable illumination possible.


By far the most advanced artistic lighting solution available on the market today is the Phantom line of Contour Projectors
. These fixtures generate illumination of highest quality, unique in their capability to render crisp outlines for both picture frames and three-dimensional works alike.

Featuring exceptional parabolic aluminized reflector MR-16 75-watt halogen lamps that were originally designed for the fiber optic industry, Phantom Contour Projectors portray objects in immaculate detail and produce the sought-after lighted-from-within effect. The fixtures are stunningly unobtrusive and can be installed with minimum disturbance of walls and ceilings.

Phantom Contour Projectors are available various models, including Float Finish Housing, New Construction Housing, Remodel Housing, Top Access Housing and Surface Mount. Highly customizable, this artistic lighting solution remains unrivaled in quality and flexibility.

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