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Apr 13, 2008
Light can literally make or break a work of art. Optimal lighting of artwork requires both an eye for aesthetics and an awareness of the many affects light has on artwork. Some forms of light such as ultraviolet rays can degrade and even destroy paint and canvases. If the light is too bright it can overwhelm the piece, and if it is too dark the piece remains obscure. Further considerations such as viewing angle, color of paint, art style, material composition, age of artwork, and lighting equipment visibility all contribute to the overall outcome of a truly exquisite display. Choosing the best equipment to accommodate all of these many variables can seem a very difficult task, and may require expensive, multiple purchases to achieve the desired outcome. That's why Phantom Lighting invented the Phantom Contour Projector to protect, illuminate, and enhance any artwork with lighting effects found in no other source of illumination.

Artwork lighting with standard picture lights takes a clear understanding of how light can reflect and cast shadows on works of art. People will often go online or to some discount retail outlet and find one or more picture lights with attractive designs and sizes that fit the tops of their frames. When time comes to install these devices, however, individuals often find these cheaper models ether cast too much glare or leave too much shadow on the piece, affecting the visible quality of the art in a noticeable way. Furthermore, generic picture lights often protrude too much over the top of the frame, creating an unsightly distraction from both the light and the artwork itself. In such cases, a person then either has to hire an expert consultant to overcome these challenges or invest in a piece equipment that can automatically accommodate a variety of artwork styles and sizes. Phantom Contour Projectors prove ideal for this task by positioning the light on the artwork in a way that best complements its color and composition. Because Phantom Projectors reside above the normal line of sight (normally in the ceiling), they remain invisible to normal view while illuminating one or more pieces from key angles. With the right adjustment, a Phantom Projector will shine the light on artwork with just the right amount of brightness without the unsightliness of glare and uneven areas of shadow.

The technology that enables this level of accuracy is truly amazing. The Phantom Projector creates a uniform path of light that the end user can easily manipulate via filters and lenses to create an optimal path and level of illumination. The light itself appears only visible on the piece it illuminates, and only to the level required to bring out the style, color, and form of the artwork. Other forms of art work lighting often cast a slightly visible beam of light that can be seen from the side, distracting the viewer from the piece itself. The unique engineering and photometric of Phantom Contours eliminates these distraction and creates a clean, soft luminescence that in effect blends the light with the artwork itself. For three-dimensional artwork lighting, Phantom Projectors can combine light and shadow with such complexity as to make it appear that the piece is illuminated from within. For collectors of sculpture and fine statuary, this technology offers a level of artwork lighting found nowhere else but in museums. Phantom Lighting offers a number of projector models, each uniquely designed with different types of bulb housings, mounts, lenses and filters.
About the Author
Phantom Lighting is a manufacturer of high end lighting projectors and linear strip display lighting fixtures. Phantom operates throughout North, Central, and South America through a network of agent representatives. Visit http://www.phantomlighting.com/artwork_lighting.htm and http://www.phantomlighting.com for more details.
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