Lighting Your Art - Choosing A Lamp

August 4, 2017
Trevor Abram

Wait? Lamps matter?

Oh yes. Lamps, also known as light bulbs, can be tricky sometimes. You want one that does a great job of lighting without overdoing it. You may also be looking for a lamp with features such as dimming and great color temperatures.

Color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light bulb (lamp). It is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000. The industry standard Kelvin for art illumination is 3000K. This allows for the ambient feeling of a cozy, calm, and inviting atmosphere.

Now let's list some specific lamp types. 

The best lamp types for illuminating art are the MR16 or the AR111 lamps. Both are low voltage options that come with varying beam angles and lens that allow you to get the correct light on the art.

MR16's are relatively inexpensive, ranging from $7 - $40, and can be found at your local Home Depot. AR111's are a little more expensive, ranging from $14 - $40, and are particularly suitable for general lighting, where the light is on all the time, such as creative accent lighting applications in shops, restaurants, hotels, and especially for galleries, exhibitions and museums. Both come in halogen and LED, and allow dim settings.

Now that you have an idea of what type of lamp you need, you can move on to finding that great spot in your entry hallway or living room.

Think you may have the wrong light? Contact us to see how we can help. 

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