A Guide on Illuminating Art
Illuminating a painting—let alone an entire exhibit—presents several unique challenges. Obviously, you want to light art in a way that draws the attention of people to it. The right lighting also has a way of breathing life into an art piece. Here are some pointers you can experiment with when setting up lighting for art or exhibits.
Use Floor Lights Floor lights are small, sometimes portable light bulbs that cast their light upwards. All you need to do with these lights is position them under a painting or sculpture, adjusting them to your desired angle. For a more powerful light source without using too much electricity, replace the light bulbs—often halogens—with LED light bulbs. You can place plants next to the light or art work to prevent them from being stepped on.
Track Lights If you want light shining from above, track lights are perfect for the job. They can be mounted on the wall or ceiling and are angled and positioned to direct light on a specific area—in this case, your art. They’re also great for smaller spaces since they can illuminate multiple pieces. Like floor lights, track lights are inexpensive and are compatible ] different types of bulbs, like LEDs.
Recessed Lights The best solution for hiding lights, recessed light bulbs go directly into the ceiling, meshing well with practically any kind of interior design. However, since recessed lights go into the ceiling, you may need to spend more to cut holes in your ceiling for these fixtures. Moreover, maintenance can be more tedious due to their hidden nature.
Picture Lights These individual lights are perfect for accents. They are attached to the frame of the painting and help to compliment the available lights. To minimize clutter, you can get battery powered ones so you won’t have to deal with cords hanging around the art work.