Creating your art gallery lighting design takes a fair bit of knowledge and planning as the lighting will have a great impact on the overall look of your application. Poor or insufficient lighting will distract the visitors and lower the quality of their visual experience. It’s all about creating an aesthetically appealing environment and display the art in a way as attractive as possible. When seeking art gallery lighting design services, we can offer a range of different tools to help you achieve the desired outcome of your lighting project.
Floorplan and Layout:
The planning of your lighting project always starts at the floorplan and layout. In order to know where to place your light fittings, how many lights to use and how they will display, we always recommend having a lighting plan made. As a part of our art gallery lighting design services, we offer 2D and 3D lighting plans that will help you get a clearer picture of the final outcome of your project.
A standard 2D lighting plan will tell you the positioning of the light fittings as well as how many light fittings are required. This will help you and whoever is installing the lights to know where the light fittings should be placed.
For an additional cost, you can have a 3D plan made which is a very close representation of what the finished project is going to look like. It will show you things like how the light will display onto the objects in the room and where most of the light will hit etc.
Wall space, ceiling height and number of lights:
What distance from the wall you choose to install your light fittings will determine how the light is going to display the artwork. Recommended distance from the wall is in most cases to position the lights 1.5m – 1.75m from the wall, which will create a nice and even wall wash effect. Sufficient lighting is achieved by using one light fitting for every metre of wall space.
You also need to adapt your lighting design after the ceiling height of your application. How tall the ceiling is will determine what lumen output you will need for your light fittings. Generally, if the ceiling height is under three metres you will install 15W lighting. If the ceiling is above that you will usually need a stronger light output or suspend the lights down to achieve sufficient illumination.
Depending on look and height of the ceiling you’ll need to use different mounting methods.
Suspended – this mounting method is normally used in ceilings above three metres or in applications where the ceiling surface is very rough or uneven. The lighting systems are attached to the ceiling via suspension kits that come in 1.5 or 3 metres adjustable lengths.
Surface mount – In lower ceilings under three metres you can attach the tracks straight onto the ceiling surface. This is the cheapest and most simple mounting method to use.
Recessed – for a more subtle lighting design, you can recess the lighting systems in the ceiling. A hole is then cut into the ceiling surface where the light fitting is placed. This way, the tracks sit flush with the ceiling and only the light fittings will be visible.
Using track lighting in your art gallery allows you to create different configurations on your lighting design as you can simply click the tracks together. You can create everything from classic straight runs to U-shapes and circles. Most common design to use in art galleries is to run one or two straight lines along the longest wall spaces. Sometimes you might require illumination on all four wall spaces and can then use a square or rectangular configuration depending on the design of your application. U-shapes are sometimes used if you for example, want to keep the entrance darker while the back and sides of the room are evenly illuminated. You can also run straights across these configurations to create more illumination toward the center of the room if needed.
Wall washing vs spotlighting:
In an art gallery, It’s important to adapt the light source to the art displayed. Our art gallery lighting design services will help you work out what beam angles works best for your specific art gallery. The artwork might for example, be a range of different sizes, colours and shapes which mean they won’t all fit perfectly under the same illumination. Using different beam angles on your track lights will allow you to pinpoint individual objects and wall wash a wider area of the room. If you e.g. have a smaller object you can choose to use a narrow beam angle that will limit the lighting to stay on this object only. If you want to evenly illuminate a whole wall space or a large area, you’d instead use a wider beam angle that creates a more evenly spread light output.
Art Gallery Light Fittings:
When seeking art gallery lighting design services, it’s important to be aware of what range is available for you on the market. Whether you are looking for cheaper alternatives or a more high-end outcome, we will make sure you will find an alternative that can make you feel satisfied with your purchase.
Standard range – our standard range of art gallery lighting are the 15W LED track light that comes with 15 and 38 degree fixed beam angles. Wall dimming that allows for dimming of all the lights at the same time from the wall is included in this range as well as an 85 or 90 CRI option.
High-end Range – here, you have the option to use 15W and 30W light fittings with a CRI-level of 95+ which will display the colours of your artwork in best possible standards. Different dimming options are available where you can choose to use dimming on the fitting itself. This dimming option allows you to dim each light fitting individually, which means you can use different intensity of light onto different areas of the room. You also have the option to use adjustable beam angles from 10-90 degrees which allow for everything from narrow spotlighting to wide beam wall washing.
if your budget allows, a purchase of our high-end range are always well-invested money and will turn your art gallery into a top class visitor experience. The high-end range gives you more freedom to customize the lighting after every little corner of your gallery space which in turn will have a great impact on how the art will be displayed. Having adjustable beam angles is very important in order to get illuminate each individual artwork perfectly. Using a CRI as high as possible is also essential in order to display the artwork as truthful as possible and have them looking clear and vibrant rather than dull and washed out.
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Regardless if you want to give your existing art gallery an upgrade or you have a brand new gallery space, our art gallery lighting design services can help you figure out your layout, budget, lead time, design and type of light fitting that will work best for your specific application. To avoid common mistakes and delayed results, we highly advise you to always consult with an expert before taking on your lighting project. Call (02) 8091 2950 today for a 15-minute free consultation with one of our lighting designers or email us on [email protected]