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Picture lights, also known as art lights or gallery lights, are specialized lighting fixtures designed to illuminate artwork, photographs, or other framed pieces. They are typically installed above or around the artwork to provide focused illumination and enhance the visual impact of the piece. They also work well mounted over or on library bookcases.

Here are some common types of picture lights:

Wall-Mounted Picture Lights: Wall-mounted picture lights are the most common type. They are installed directly on the wall above or beside the artwork. These lights typically have a mounting plate that attaches to the wall, and the light fixture extends outward to illuminate the artwork.

Frame-Mounted Picture Lights: Frame-mounted picture lights are specifically designed to attach directly to the frame of the artwork. These lights usually have a bracket or clips that securely hold the fixture onto the frame. Frame-mounted picture lights are a good option when wall-mounted installation is not desired or possible, such as for artwork on freestanding easels or in cases where wall space is limited.
Track-Mounted Picture Lights: Track-mounted picture lights are designed to be installed on an existing track lighting system. They attach to the track and can be adjusted and positioned along the track to illuminate the artwork. This type of picture light is suitable if you already have a track lighting system in place or if you want to incorporate picture lighting into an existing track lighting setup.

Picture lights can be hung or installed in various locations to effectively illuminate artwork. Here are some common placements for picture lights:

Above the Artwork: Hanging the picture light directly above the artwork is a traditional and popular placement option. The light is positioned high on the wall, centered above the artwork, and aimed downward to evenly illuminate the piece. This placement helps to minimize shadows and provides a balanced lighting effect.

Beside the Artwork: Instead of positioning the picture light directly above the artwork, you can also hang it on one side or both sides of the artwork. This placement creates a more dramatic lighting effect by casting shadows and emphasizing texture. It works well for larger artworks or to create a sense of depth and dimension.

Installing a picture light typically involves the following steps:

Gather the necessary tools: Before you begin, gather the tools you'll need for installation. This may include a screwdriver, measuring tape, level, pencil, and appropriate hardware provided with the picture light.

Select the placement: Decide where you want to install the picture light. Common options include above the artwork, beside the artwork, or directly on the frame if it has sufficient space. Consider the size of the artwork, the desired lighting effect, and any existing wiring or mounting options.

Prepare the area: Clear the area where you plan to install the picture light. Remove any existing artwork or decorations and clean the wall or frame surface to ensure a clean and secure attachment.

Measure and mark: Use a measuring tape to determine the desired placement of the picture light. Measure the distance from the top of the artwork or the frame, or refer to the manufacturer's instructions for recommended placement. Mark the precise spot where the picture light will be installed using a pencil.

Mounting plate or bracket: If the picture light comes with a mounting plate or bracket, attach it to the wall or frame using screws or other provided hardware. Ensure that the plate or bracket is level and securely fastened.

Wiring (if applicable): If the picture light requires electrical wiring, follow the manufacturer's instructions or consult a professional electrician. Ensure that the power source is turned off before making any electrical connections. Securely connect the wiring according to the provided instructions and secure any exposed wires with wire connectors.

Attach the picture light: Carefully attach the picture light to the mounting plate or bracket. Align the fixture with the marked spot and secure it in place using the provided screws or clips. Ensure that the picture light is level and properly aligned.

Adjust and test: Once the picture light is securely attached, adjust the angle or direction of the light as desired. If the picture light has adjustable heads or swivel options, position them to achieve the desired lighting effect. Turn on the power source and test the light to ensure it is functioning properly.

Fine-tune and finish: Step back and assess the lighting effect on the artwork. Make any necessary adjustments to the angle or positioning of the picture light to achieve the desired illumination. Clean up any installation debris and reinstall the artwork or decorations if necessary.

It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety guidelines during installation. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with the installation process, it's recommended to seek the assistance of a professional electrician or a qualified installer to ensure proper and safe installation.

Before buying a picture light, consider the following factors to ensure you select the right one for your artwork:

Size and Dimensions: Assess the size and dimensions of your artwork. Picture lights come in various sizes, so choose a light that will adequately cover the width of the artwork without being too small or overwhelming. Consider the height and depth of the artwork as well to ensure proper illumination.

Lighting Effect: Determine the desired lighting effect you want to achieve. Do you prefer a focused beam of light or a broader wash of light? Picture lights with adjustable heads or swivel capabilities allow you to direct the light precisely where you want it, providing flexibility in creating the desired lighting effect.

Light Source: Consider the type of light source you want for your picture light. LED lights are a popular choice due to their energy efficiency, long lifespan, and low heat emission. They also offer various color temperatures to match the artwork's colors and ambiance. Alternatively, incandescent or fluorescent bulbs can be options to explore.

Power Source: Decide whether you prefer a hardwired picture light that connects to your home's electrical system or a cordless/battery-operated option. Hardwired lights offer a permanent installation and don't require frequent battery replacements.

Style and Design: Choose a picture light that complements your artwork and overall aesthetic. Consider the style, finish, and design elements of the light. Some picture lights have a sleek and minimalist design that blends seamlessly with the artwork, while others have more decorative elements to add a touch of elegance.

Dimming Capability: Determine if you want the picture light to have dimming capabilities. Dimmable lights allow you to adjust the brightness levels, creating different moods or adapting to changing lighting conditions. If dimming is important to you, ensure that the picture light is compatible with dimmer switches or has built-in dimming functionality.

Installation: Consider the installation process and requirements. Some picture lights may require professional installation, especially if they involve electrical wiring. Ensure you have the necessary tools and skills for installation or be prepared to seek professional assistance if needed.

Picture Lights

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