The best art deserves to be shown in the best possible light! Lighting your artwork may present a challenge because there are so many art lighting fixtures and lamps for you to choose from that it can be very hard to determine which models will provide the truly best art lighting for your collection. However, a basic understanding of the elements essential to high-end artwork and picture lighting will help you quickly narrow your choices to a select few fixtures that embody several, or even all, of the elements that characterize the best lighting for art.
The Light Must Strike The Art at Exactly The Right Angle.
To understand how important angles are to lighting art, try this experiment. Stand in front of any mirror in your home with a small flashlight and shine the flashlight directly into the mirror. You will more than likely be shocked by the intensity of the direct reflection, as the mirror actually magnifies the beam by scattering the photons when it reflects them back into your eyes.
Now, try standing at different angles, moving the flashlight each time you move. When you can clearly see your own form without being blinding by the reflection of the flashlight, you have found be best angle for lighting yourself in the mirror.
These same accent lighting tools are used by lighting designers to position fixtures at the best angles for lighting art. Any surface will reflect light to some degree, and even though it may not be as intense as a reflection in a mirror, it will nonetheless cause discomfort to viewers. This is especially true when lighting high-end photography. Photographs have very glossy surfaces and are often enclosed in glass frames. The best lighting angle for these forms of art is generally from a recessed picture light or a track lighting installation near the ceiling. This causes the majority of reflected light to angle downward to the floor.
Invest in Low Voltage Equipment.
Low voltage fixtures generally provide the best lighting for artwork in museums and galleries. This is due to several reasons. The first is cost. Low voltage lights such as recessed fixtures and art lighting projectors use less electricity and can be left on for longer periods of time without exorbitant power costs. Low voltage artwork lighting also produces a less glaring light that is more radiant and ambient. It very difficult to achieve soft lighting or lighted from within special effects with line voltage equipment simply because there is too much luminance output striking the piece.
Finally, low-voltage lights operate at lower wattages therefore produce much lower operating temperatures than line voltage lights. This is another reason low-voltage fixtures tend typically produce the best museum lighting for art because they emit little if any forward throw heat that can dry out paints and cause them to crack over time.
Dimmable Fixtures Give You Greater Lighting Control.
Dimmable art lights are generally the best fixtures to use in art displays and exhibitions. Each work of art is unique and conveys its own message through a subtle interplay of colors and the contrast between light and shadow. A fixed, bright lighting level will either overemphasize light or dark elements or certain colors, or, even worse, throw reflected light back into the eyes. Dimmable picture lighting fixtures give you ultimate control over luminance levels so you can achieve the best results when lighting your art. Dimmer controls should always be easy to operate and allow you to make quick adjustments.
Honeycomb grid (light modifier)
The honeycomb grid is a tight structure of a similar shape to the honeycomb made by honey bees. It’s affixed to the front of a studio strobe. Or it can be fixed to an off–camera flash. The light shines through the grid and creates a tight beam of light. The aim is to create a focused beam with little diffusion. It is effective in creating such a beam, but it is not as intense or focused as a snoot.
Dothelight led focusable spotlight feature all the attributes that characterize the world’s best lights for art. They are low voltage devices that conserve power, are extremely cost effective, and easy to angle and adjust. A Contour Projector housed near the ceiling can be adjusted to fit the dimensions of a painting, photograph, or lighting sculptures that produce illumination that appears to be more like an “aura” around the piece than a beam of light shooting toward it.
-This 18w led track spotlight is designed for lighting for art gallery,which uses 1pc Sharp COB for the most efficient and best output.
-With 0-10v dimming function,cost effective solution.
-Focusable function,adjust the beam angle from 23 to 49° according to different objects,focusable smoothly.
-With silver or black,modern style with high class anodizing surface treatment.
-With good cooling design, efficient heat dissipation.
-Using honeycomb grid in front of a reflector dish,makes the light much more uniformity and soft.