Whether you need to display your treasured artwork at high-street gallery or yard sale, you will always need a perfect lighting to showcase it to attract the people. To design your creation brilliantly, natural light is highly recommended. But you need to avoid direct sunlight once the artwork has been created, to avoid UV damage. Certain art galleries and museums prefer track lighting on walls because of versatility.
Here are the tips to choose the best lighting for your artwork.
• First of all, you need to choose from the different styles of art lighting. There are certain track lighting fixtures come in different sizes, styles and colors. They usually have bendable or fixed tracks. The size and number of artwork, size and room décor can also help you make a choice.
• Halogen bulbs may also be helpful. Lighting designers usually love using halogen art lighting fixtures because they release more realistic colors with their bright white light than incandescent and fluorescent light. Incandescent lighting release yellow hue that can affect the actual color display.
• Pick accent lights which are 3x brighter than room lighting. It will highlight the art in a way that the artwork will look neither too bright nor too dark. As a general rule, you should use the formula length x width x 1.5 to calculate the number of watts you need in lighting. Suppose you have the room sizes 10×10, it means you need 150 watts, at least, for ambient lighting.
• Place the fixtures in a way that they can be positioned to 30 degree of angle from artwork. This way, you can highlight your artwork at its best with fewer shadows and glare. Adjust 5 degrees of angle in any direction to get the best display.
To Highlight Your Sculpture
Whether for gallery display, décor or photography, you need ample lighting to showcase your sculpture and make it stand out. Lighting can be affected according to environment conditions. You might have to use accent and general lighting in several angles. So, assess the effect of lighting on sculpture beforehand after each adjustment.
• Either by installing or putting on overhead lighting fixture, lighten up the entire room. You will get to reveal the simple sculpture in a very special way.
• The 3D form might be lost with just general sculpture. So, it is better to place directional spotlights to add shadow effects that can accentuate the form of sculpture. Make sure to keep the lights close to sculpture which must be bright enough to make it stand out.
• Put one up-light at floor level or around the sculpture to highlight it. Make sure uplight is not too bright and don’t cast unwanted glare and harsh shadows.