Artwork creates lively, thought-provoking environments. It's really the finishing touch on your home and an extension of your interests and personality. Likewise, art lighting can only add to the mystique of your overall wall lighting. Picture lights will make your artwork pop by creating visual interest and focal points in your special nooks and areas. Adding depth, color and ambiance, picture lighting has the power to transform any space and create romantic or dreamy scenes. As you can imagine, art lighting often involves a few special features that lend style and convenience to functionality in surprising ways. By coupling features, you can really elevate the overall presence of your painting lights in exciting ways.
Picture Light Features
Whether you are looking to light an entire gallery or just illuminate one picture at a time, features like dimmable picture lights, remote control art lights, cordless picture lights and low profile picture frame lights will help you narrow your search. Dimmable picture lights give you the power to control the intensity of light cast on your art. This can help create ambiance and provide greater control on the lumen output to match your mood. Taking things a step further, wireless picture lights - also known as battery operated picture lights – are ideal for picture frames not near an outlet. Remote control picture lights provide ease of use anywhere in range. Or battery powered remote control picture lights bring the best of both worlds together in a flexible design that's easy to use. If you don't want your art lights to draw attention away from the artwork itself, look for slim profile picture lights featuring shapely contours and crisp, clean lines with curved edges for a seamless design that blends with the scene.
Art Lighting Ideas
Ideas for choosing the best picture lights for your unique style
With functionality squared away, you can turn your focus to style. This is the fun part! From contemporary picture lights to industrial options and everything in between, you'll want to look at style from a few different perspectives to make the best choice. First ask yourself, what art am I showcasing? From there, what style elements have I incorporated throughout the rest of my home? If you lean toward eclectic styles, think about how your picture lights will interact with other room elements and décor. Below is a quick visual aid to give you a general idea of the appearance of picture lights across different popular styles.
Transitional picture lighting boasts versatility, and can generally adapt to most styles. With a wide breadth of options including LED picture lights across antique brass, silver, black and rubbed bronze finishes, transitional style picture lights come in a vast array of options. Look to contemporary and modern picture lights for more current designs that feature generally slimmer profile picture lights, remote control options, sweeping silhouettes, and a finishes of distressed bronze, antique brass, or even nickel. Of course, traditional picture lights are always an option, with plug-in options featuring broader shades and more traditional finishes of bronze, brass, mahogany bronze, and gold.
Lighting Pictures: Tips & Tricks
Choosing the right size and brightness with picture lights
A common question is how bright should picture lights be? Also, should picture lights fully illuminate their subject without extending beyond the frame? To answer this question you should carefully examine wattage and lumens. Any picture light between 200 watts or greater has the potential for "washing out" your art and creating discoloration over time, so just keep that in mind. Also, the lumens (brightness) of your lights should be greater than overhead or lamp lighting in your room. Having more lumens in your picture light will help the art stand out from surrounding lighting with a dramatic spotlighting effect. Our selection offers a broad range from 240 lumens or less up to 1,999 lumens to match the output of your other light fixtures. Picture frame lights also come in 1-, 2- and 3-light (or more) options to give you more control on brightness and light diffusion.
A: First of all, the right picture light does its job without notice. It doesn't obstruct anyone's view of the art. But there are other factors to keep in mind. For size, you want a light that is just less than half of the frame's length. For color, you want the light to either match the frame or to complement the color scheme in the room. Finally, you need to choose the right style to fit your decor. The three common styles of picture lights are traditional, contemporary and slimline. Traditional has a forward sweeping shade that gives it an angled look. Contemporary features a rounded shade that's symmetrical and neat. Slimline is a form of contemporary. It has swooping thin arms that reach out over the picture and, like the names says, very slim features so as not to interfere with the image.
Q: What is the best way to hide the cord on my picture light?
A: The best way to hide cords is to have a licensed electrician wire the light with a recessed outlet behind the artwork. Barring that, use outlets near pictures and hide the cords with PVC cord cover which can be colored to match the wall or the room.
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