How to Properly Illuminate Your Sean Schuster Artwork in your home

The right lighting can dramatically transform any artwork whether a painting, photograph or sculpture. But with a Sean Schuster Limited Edition artwork a little light in the right place can go a long way to creating a lasting impression!

This guide is here to help you understand the benefits of lighting your artwork effectively, however as we have a lot of experience in this area you can always reach out to us directly and we’ll be happy to help!

Importance of Proper Lighting:

Proper lighting not only enhances the visual appeal of your artwork but also plays a crucial role in its preservation. The right lighting can bring out colours, textures, and details, while incorrect lighting can distort perception and possibly even cause damage over time.

Here are some key reasons why proper lighting is essential for artwork:

 

  • Colour Accuracy: Lighting affects how colours are perceived. The wrong lighting can distort hues, making the artwork appear different from its true colours. Proper lighting ensures colour accuracy, allowing viewers to experience the artwork as intended. Artworks with reds & yellows tend to benefit from a warmer light, and artworks with greens & blues benefit from a cooler temperature light – it’s as easy as choosing the right light bulb!
  • Preservation: Exposure to harsh or improper lighting can cause irreversible damage to artwork. Ultraviolet (UV) light, in particular, can fade pigments and degrade materials. By using appropriate lighting techniques, you can help preserve your artwork for future generations to enjoy. Although all our artworks are face-mounted to museum grade UV resistant acrylic, it’s worth noting that avoiding day long direct sunlight is important to preserve your artwork for generations to come.
  • Visual Impact: Well-lit artwork commands attention and creates a focal point in any space. Strategic lighting can highlight specific elements of the artwork, drawing the viewer’s eye and enhancing its visual impact.

Tips for Properly Lighting your Artwork:

  • With recent advancements in LED technology, options for lighting have never been easier and more cost effective than today!
  • Choose the Right Lighting Fixture: Selecting the appropriate lighting fixture is the first step in properly illuminating artwork. Opt for fixtures with adjustable settings, such as track lighting or adjustable (gimbal) recessed lighting, to allow for flexibility in positioning and intensity. Most existing recessed lights are stationary and can’t be pointed, however they are easily replaceable with adjustable recessed lights and we’re happy to recommend some of our favourite designs!

     

  • Consider the Light Source: LED lights are often recommended for illuminating artwork due to their energy efficiency and minimal heat emission. Avoid fluorescent lights, as they can emit harmful UV rays.
  • Positioning Matters: The angle and distance of the light source relative to the artwork are critical factors in achieving optimal illumination. Aim for a 30 degree angle from the artwork to minimize glare and shadows. Experiment with different positions to find the most flattering lighting arrangement.

One of the most important factors to keep in mind when designing your lighting arrangement is the acrylic’s glossy nature. The number one consideration is the light source angle. The light source should be set up at such an angle that it does not reflect directly into the viewer’s eye and doesn’t create unnecessary glare.

Full coverage of the artwork:

  • Use Multiple Light Sources: For larger or more intricate artworks, using multiple light sources can ensure uniform illumination across the entire piece. This helps to prevent hot spots and ensures that every detail is showcased effectively. The illustration below will help you understand which beam angle is best based on the distance the light source is from the artwork. Best practice is to try to focus the light on the image and not the frame. 
  • Install Dimmers: Installing dimmer switches allows you to adjust the brightness of the lighting to suit different viewing conditions and preferences. Dimmers also help reduce energy consumption and prolong the lifespan of the light bulbs.

If you need further help thats ok, just email us some details and photos of your home and we’ll be happy to make some suggestions that may help! – art@seanschuster.com