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When it comes to dealing with different kinds of art light, you can choose among a lot of options. For instance, there are the halogen lights which cast the purest form of white light. This is the specific characteristic that makes them ideal for lighting up paintings. However, one of the drawbacks of halogen lights is that they generate a lot of heat and hence need to be placed at a distance for the light not to affect the painting. The standard incandescent lights lead to a warm color which highlights the reds and yellows, while accentuating the greens and blues.
Fluorescent art lights should be avoided as they tend to distort the color of the piece of art. Moreover, they generate a high amount of ultraviolet rays which damage the piece by creating accelerated fading effects. In short, it is best to avoid the fluorescents. It is not merely enough to look into the variety of art lighting as you need to take the fixture styles into consideration. The lights for pictures are made to hang directly above a painting, or are attached to a frame. Generally, these lights measure around 3 inches in diameter and complement traditional and classic artwork.
Traditional lights for pictures are larger than the slim lights which measure around an inch in diameter, and can be well adjusted with the more contemporary pieces. The lights for pictures are available in different finishes and styles which are available in varying lengths between 12 inches and 48 inches. The slim and traditional art lights make use of incandescent light bulbs and are often powered with battery. The spotlights and mantel lights are placed before the artwork and generally stand on a mantel or shelf. Their purpose is to light the work of art from the bottom. These lights are less noticeable than the picture lights.
Track light is a very flexible way of lighting art. The track can hold several lights. These are used for illuminating a wall with evenness from the ceiling to the floor, or for highlighting a single or more works of art. Recessed art light can be flushed with the ceiling and are extremely subtle, though their scope of movement is somewhat limited. This kind of lighting is commonly found in new homes and is installed when the home is being built.
The lights for your paintings should be positioned in a way so as to reflect its intensity. The first motto should be to reduce the glare. You should place the light at an angle of 30 degrees. The art lights work towards minimizing glare and to maximize the effect, you need to place it at an angle of 5 degrees more if it is a larger frame. This prevents it from casting a shadow.