Jewelry case lights must offer more than just standard illumination, they must elevate the look of each piece and make them stand out from behind the glass. Basic incandescent lamps are not enough for these sophisticated subjects, and relying on direct illumination mounted on the ceiling is a bad idea. In fact, most stores try to minimize the radiance coming from the ceiling to keep glare from bouncing off the glass. This means the fixtures must be placed inside the case, which can be difficult to do with bulky incandescent or fluorescent lamps. Instead, store owners should consider LED fixtures in their display cases. LED technology surpasses other forms of illumination in many ways and is perfect for delicate subjects that must look their best.
Gemstones come in a huge variety of colors and shapes. For this reason, store owners can’t rely on a single fixture to provide all of their needs. Diamonds are rather unique in that they are best displayed using cooler color temperatures. Anything above 4500K is common, though some store owners will go as high as 5000K to really help their diamonds stand out. These jewelry case lights are not ideal for gemstones, though, which are best displayed under neutral white tones in the 4000K to 4200K range. White tones are best for bringing out the natural colors inside the stone and help the piece make the best impression possible. Pieces that are mostly gold, though, are usually placed under fixtures around 3500K in color temperature. Their slightly yellow hue gives the gold a more lustrous finish.
Integrating these fixtures into glass cabinets is usually a bigger challenge than finding the right fixtures in the first place. There is often little space available for a fixture, as maximum real estate needs to be devoted to the subjects. Fortunately, Phantom’s strip fixtures make perfect jewelry case lights because they are designed with an ultra-low profile. Phantom’s LED fixtures are available in two options, both of which are highly customizable. The primary difference between the two is the amount of radiance they produce. The Elite series creates about 67 lumens per linear foot while the Ultra produces about 240 lumens per linear foot. In some installations, brighter is better, while a more subtle look is appropriate for other settings. Phantom can help a store owner find the right fixture for their pieces so no guesses have to be made before placing the fixtures.
Phantom’s LED strips can be customized to produce a range of color temperatures, from the warm tones normally reserved for incandescent bulbs to neutral tones. They can also be hooked up to dimmer switches that afford precise control over the level of brightness. This is particularly helpful in stores that have unreliable ceiling fixtures, as the LED strips can be calibrated to balance off of any ambient illumination. Finally, Phantom’s LED fixtures are highly efficient and produce nearly zero heat, which preserves the quality of the precious items behind the glass.