A New Generation of Picture Lighting
Top Tips for Lighting Artwork
The trend for creating gallery spaces within our homes continues apace.
Clients are buying artworks not only for their own personal enjoyment but as potential investments as well.
The key considerations are: where to hang them, how to hang them and how to light them to set them of to their best advntage.
Pictures that are well lit create dramatic focal points. Whether it is a grand collection in a public gallery or a picture that forms a focal point to your sitting room. Considerations should include the style of the painting and its surface texture, as well as the depth and finish of the frame. (ornate frames can cast heavy shadows).
It is important to remember that the more discrete the fitting, the greater the impact of illumination.
First of all do not position pictures near windows. Although natural light is a good way to view and enjoy artwork, it will deteriorate the quality of the artwork due to UV.
The choice of bulb is critical. It’s type and beam width- will determine not only whether the colours of the picture come true, but also the extent of the area illuminated.
Fluorescent lights are often harsh and rarely flatter your art work. They also emit high levels of untra-violet rays which may lead to the deterioration of your artwork.
Incandescent and halogen lighting must never be placed in near proximity to your artwork, as they omit heat. It must be noted also that these lamp options do not comply with new lighting energy efficiency regulations either.
This is why “next generation” energy efficient LED lighting is the way forward. Most of us think of LED lighting as horribly blue and cold. This is not the case anymore if you choose the right “new generation” LED lights. The game has changed. Innovative manufacturers, such as TM Lighting, have developed LED picture lights that use the full colour spectrum and result in unrivalled colour rendition and light distribution. Skin tones look warm and your eye perceives a richness of detail that you would have had to strain to see with traditional lighting. TM Lighting specialise in LEDs that wash the entire picture with light, up to four metres high, rather than create a blob like the old incandescent bulbs do.
In terms of conservation next generation LEDS are beneficial too, as they give off no heat, infrared or ultraviolet. Additionally they are 10 times more efficient than the old types of lamps and with lamp life in excess of 25,000
many of them will outlast us! Just as great art work should.