Pitcture Lights

Picture lights on your art pieces can single-handedly change the mood and tone of each piece. Good lighting design can bring out the featured sections of your arts or pictures on the wall and can also bring plenty of warmth into your living space. At the same time, bad lighting design could mean that you might receive too much light or too little, impeding your quality of life. Thus, it is a good idea to pay a lot of attention to lighting design when you visualize your living space.

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What kind of art pieces are you displaying?

If you are going to hang decorative pictures on your feature wall, picture lights are helpful items you should consider. Not only will they add more light to the room, but they will also add a lot more emphasis on the pictures, drawing attention to the pieces. However, before buying picture lights, you must first understand the pieces you are displaying. The picture's size and alignment are two significant factors affecting the picture lights you will buy. 

For portrait pictures, you should aim for picture lights about half as wide as the picture. Portrait pictures have a very clear focal point, and the picture lights should illuminate as much as possible this focal point. For this reason, the picture lights should be much shorter than the width of the pieces. 

The picture lights can be slightly longer for landscape pictures, ideally about a third and a half of the picture's width. However, landscape pictures have an extensive point of view that covers a vast field of vision. Thus, a short picture light will not provide enough lighting to landscape art pieces, and you will need a longer one. 

Try using LED lights.

The operating cost of picture lights can soar up to sky-high levels if the lights are used continually, which is costly and damaging to the environment. One way to deal with this issue is to use LED light instead of a conventional light. LED lights are cheaper and do not produce too much heat, which means that their energy efficiency is consistently high. Therefore, when you use LED picture lights, they will not consume as much energy as before. As a result, you can expect much less expensive energy bills.

Some might be concerned that LED light cannot produce bright light, but this is not true. LED can also produce brighter light, and they last much longer as well, making them the perfect choice for picture lights. The general rule regarding the intensity of picture lights is simple: They should be at least three times brighter than the rest of the room. 

Pay attention to the position of the lights. 

You will not want to position the lights too close to the artwork, as the potential heat from the light might cause a lot of damage to the artwork itself. The lights should also be positioned at a tilt angle of 30-35 degrees not to cause glares to the visitors. That said, it will also depend on the nature of the art pieces you are displaying. 

What are the different picture light styles? 

Like most other furniture pieces, picture lights also come in different styles. Understanding the styles and what they can achieve is a pivotal step in the process, and it allows you to choose the right picture light for the artwork. 

Wall-mounted picture lights: One of the styles is wall-mounted picture lights. True to their name, these picture lights are fastened to the wall, and the lights will shine down on the art pieces below. Unfortunately, wall-mounted picture lights require a considerable space between the art pieces and the ceiling above. For this reason, they are not the optimal choices for rooms with a low ceiling.

Ceiling-mounted picture lights: These picture lights are fastened on the ceiling instead of the wall. These picture lights require a lot of work, and they are pretty expensive. However, they are the most excellent option out there, and they will not clutter your room as other options do.

Clamp-on picture lights: These are simple lights that don't require a lot of setups. You simply have to clamp the lights on the art pieces and then adjust their angle. The big downside of these lights is that you cannot use them with more expensive pieces. You might risk damaging the piece with the clamp itself.