How to Light Artwork in your Home

There’s nothing quite like getting your new favourite piece of artwork mounted on your wall. However, many homeowners struggle to find the right fixture to light their new art in a way that accentuates the piece without detracting from the décor of the rest of the room.

Ensuring that you get the right picture lighting for your home’s artwork comes down to fine planning on how you are going to get it looking as good on your wall as it did in the gallery.


The following guide is to help you get the basics right when it comes to ensuring the artwork on your wall is seen in the best light.


LED lighting

Most of the world’s most famous art galleries and other institutions are making the move over to LED lighting, which isn’t just incredibly effective and advanced, but also uses less energy and emits less heat than a normal bulb.

The wonderful thing about LED lighting is that it’s so modern and advanced that its features allow you to do almost exactly as you wish to the artwork and also adjust it for different situations. For example, you could set the light to adjust for the number of people that are in a room or to match the exact quality of natural light that should be coming in at a specific time of day.

LED lighting is innovative and exciting and if are serious about displaying your artwork in the best light, then LED is certainly the way to go.


Picture lights

If you really want your visitors to gravitate towards a piece of artwork in your home, then you should definitely consider investing in some high quality picture lights. The lights are mounted on the wall incredibly close to a painting and it tends to magnify the intimacy and magnificence of the artwork.

The great thing is that picture lights are also decorative fixtures, which means that while they illuminate and magnify the focus on your artwork, they themselves add to the general décor and ambience of your home.

Picture lights are also incredibly practical for people who are renting homes or apartments and are not allowed to put fittings onto the walls.


Keep the surface and type of light in mind

Firstly, remember that if you have framed your artwork and its located behind class, then it is going to react to light and flare in some spots. This means you will have to adjust your lights in such a way that it doesn’t create problems in the glass; another big pitfall to avoid with artwork behind glass is using natural light as your source.

Glass has an even bigger propensity to reflect and bounce light off from natural window light than artificial light.

It’s also imperative to remember that some lights can harm your artwork and you should position your lights with this in mind. If you leave a halogen light in one spot on your artwork, it is essentially going to burn it away over time and make it more faded than the rest of the artwork.

Remember to always adjust the angles of your lights and ensure that they are at a distance that is far enough away to prevent damage.

Whether you’re looking to light up a friend’s piece that you bought at their recent exhibition or you have spent hundreds of thousands on a particularly popular artwork at the gallery – all artwork deserves to be appreciated.

Contact us if you have any more questions on the best way to light artwork in your home.