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Picking the right wall mounted picture lights
To bring out the best in your artwork be it pictures or any other form of wall embellishments, picking out the right wall mounted picture lights is very important. Picture lights are the best way to illuminate hanging artwork and much more. Sometimes all a picture or an artwork needs is good focus lighting to bring out the best in it. This focus lighting should be just right to do justice to the artwork. If you are looking for good quality picture lights for your wall decorative pieces, here are a few tips.
First measure the artwork in question. In case of a framed picture or a painting, the frame has to be included in the measurement. For the landscape designs, the ideal size of the lights should be between ½ to 1/3 rd of the size of the piece. As for portraits it should be almost half the width of the portrait. Here is a general size guide.
Artwork Width — Light Width
8” to 14” — Above 4 1/2”
12” to 18” — 6” or more
16” to 24” — 7″ to 9” and so on.
For artwork that is bigger, you can go for multiple light fixtures.
Wall mounted picture lights can be plug-in designs or hard-wired. In case of plug-ins, the cord hangs down the wall or has to be concealed behind the shelving or furniture while the hard no visible cords or wires and install directly into an electrical junction box. The look in both the cases is nevertheless classic.
The Franklite range of lights has a great range of LED picture lights. LED lights are bright energy efficient and last for years. The main advantage of LED lights is that the heat output is low and they do not emit UV light which can at times spoil the prints, photos or artwork. LED lights with a high Colour Rendering Index are best in case of artwork as they do not alter the colour appearance of your artwork. LED picture lights should always be bought keeping in mind the light output and not the amount of watts or energy used.
If you have any doubts while buying your picture light fixtures you can always contact us and we will help you select the right one according to your requirement.
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