An essential component when putting your wall art lighting together is to create an illumination that appears as flattering as possible on the artwork. Poor lighting can put the art off focus or make the colours look dull. This is why it’s so important to have the right understanding of wall art lighting before putting your lighting design together.
Wall art lighting for homes:
Putting art on the walls of your home is something we have done for hundreds of years. With today’s modern technology we are able to find special ways of bringing our wall art to life, using lighting as a tool. The best way of illuminating the wall art in your home is to use track lighting. With the many flexibilities of this light fixture, you can create a very customized and professional looking illumination. Depending on the size of your artwork, you can create different lighting effects using wide or narrow beam angles on the light fittings. You can also move the fittings up and down the track to find a suitable position for the light source to hit the artwork the way you want it to. This also come in great use if you for example, would like to change the position of your artwork at some point.
The dimming on your track lights can in these cases not only be used as a mood setter but also to control the glare. Our LED track lights already have very good glare control to begin with and with the dimming you can reach perfect results. Your art might for example, be very light colours that reflect a lot of light, which means you can dim the light source down in order to control this and vice versa.
A rule of thumb is to install your track lights on a 1.5 -1.75 metres distance from the wall. Also keep in mind what height to install your lights on. If you e.g. would happen to have a very tall ceiling in your home (4-5 meters in height) best alternative is to suspend the tracks to get them down to a more suitable level. If you, however, are working with a lower ceiling, it’s perfectly fine to simply surface mount the lights, given that you have an even ceiling surface. In a residential space, you rarely need to use a higher light output that 15W on your track lights.
Wall art lighting in the Office:
Using professional wall art lighting in an office space can really ad some value to the application. Usually, office wall art lighting goes by the same principles as residential wall art lighting where LED track lighting creates the best results.
Depending on what ceiling type you have in your office space, you can either install suspended or fixed tracks. A lot of offices carry a t-bar ceiling that consists of loose panels resting on a metal frame. In these ceilings you’ll need to suspend your wall art lighting via suspension kits as this type of ceiling surface isn’t suitable to fix the tracks straight onto. The suspension kits can be adjusted in height after the design of your application.
If you have a large office space with lots of wall art that covers a wider area, you can form different configurations with the tracks by simply clicking them together, so that they align with the area of the artwork. The most common configuration in these cases is to install straight runs along the wall of the artwork. If the office space, however, have art on all four wall spaces you could use a square or rectangular track configuration to illuminate the entire space.
Never forget about the importance of dimming. This might be extra important in an office space as you can adjust the light levels according to the preference of the workers so that they don’t distract and interrupt their work.
High-End Wall Art:
If you’re dealing with some highly regarded wall art, you may want to use our high-end range of LED track lighting for the best possible results. These lights give you freedom to customize your wall art lighting more closely after the artwork. They come with 15-90 degree beam angles that let you create everything from narrow spotlighting to wide wall washing. They also come with onboard dimming as an alternative to wall dimming, which means you have the option to dim each light fitting individually by dimming them directly on top of the light fittings themselves. With these features, you can find a beam angle and light intensity perfectly made for each individual artwork.
Lighting Advice for Wall Art:
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