Art Lighting Techniques
Art lighting fixtures fall into two general installation types, recessed or exposed. Regardless of installation type, properly lighting artwork requires an understanding of the art to be illuminated, the space where art is being viewed, and the desired effect.
UNDERSTANDING THE ART
- If the art is sensitive to ultraviolet light, a UV blocking filter should be used.
- If the art is behind glass, positioning the art light to not be seen on the glass should be considered when art is positioned above eye level.
- If the artist used paint that has a sheen, positioning the art light to not cause glare on the art must be considered when art is positioned above eye level.
- Is the art light or dark hued?
UNDERSTANDING THE SPACE
- Does the space where art will be viewed have a high or low ambient light level? The amount of light required for contrast, to make art pop, will depend upon the relationship between the ambient light relative to the art hue.
- If art above eye level is behind glass or has a sheen, the art light(s) can be positioned to manipulate reflection away from normal viewing angles.
- If the desired art lighting effect is “maximum art impact”, consider using a Sharp Focus Framing Projector that delivers light precisely shaped to follow the contour of art.
- If the desired art lighting effect is “blend art with architecture” or “blend art with frame”, consider using a Fade In Projector that delivers a feathered light border loosely shaped to follow the contour of art.
- If the desired art lighting effect is “let’s keep it simple”, consider using a low voltage art light, an art accent light, suitable for paintings and sculpture alike.