Lighting Artwork to Best Effect
Artwork, when overlooked in a lighting scheme, can fade into obscurity as night falls. Properly illuminated, however, it introduces a new dimension to a space and, on occasion, may serve as the sole source of light, creating a tranquil and atmospheric ambiance. When art is illuminated thoughtfully, its colors and contrasts come to life in response to the light source.
This underscores the importance of prioritizing effective lighting for artwork as the starting point in the design of a room's lighting. This serves as the foundation, and additional light sources are then incorporated to achieve uniformity and provide flexibility for the diverse activities associated with domestic living.
A preferred method for illuminating artwork involves ceiling-mounted or recessed lights positioned from above, offering flexibility for directing light towards the subject. The latest innovation in this realm is the deep swivel LED downlight, featuring advanced functionalities such as color control, dimming, and swivel and tilt capabilities of up to 90 degrees. These low-profile downlights seamlessly integrate into the ceiling, causing minimal interference with insulation, and adhere to current building regulations with their fire-rated design.
For those who prefer a more traditional approach, cantelever wall-mounted picture lights are available, adding a classic touch to the setting. Additionally, LED perimeter lighting presents another option, particularly suitable when a piece of artwork is situated in a recess.