Contents:

  1. Lighting Tracks: Introduction
  2. Lighting Tracks: How to Add Them to Your Art Display?
    • Plan Out Your Lighting Track System.
    • Determine the Lighting Needs for Each Area of Your Art Display
    • Determine Where to Place Lighting in Each Area
    • Purchase and Install the Lights: Types of Lighting for Art.
      • Ceiling mounted lights
      • Lighting tracks
      • Wall washers
    • Hang your Art and Enjoy!

3. Asking an Expert: Why is Light so Important in Art and Photography?

4. Conclusion

1. Lighting Tracks: introduction

 Lighting tracks when used correctly spotlight the pictures you love. Finding the right lighting tracks for an art gallery or even your photo display at home is a challenging task. The lighting system you choose must not only be aesthetically pleasing. It must also enhance your artwork while still being flexible and easy to maintain.

When light is added to a dark space such as an indoor art gallery with little natural light, lighting can have different effects. It could make your pictures look brighter or duller depending on the quality of your lighting. The light may be too bright for some pictures, but insufficient for others. When light is not controlled properly, artefacts in the paintings become visible due to light reflections from surrounding surfaces and even other paintings. The goal pursued when using light in galleries is to create an attractive environment. Your lighting should allow visitors to appreciate the artworks by accentuating their features rather than distracting attention away from them due to poor lighting that creates annoying results.

The Artiteq Combi Rail Pro Light - The Art Logic Gallery

2. Lighting Tracks: How to Add Them to Your Art Display?

Picture hanging systems are becoming more and more popular in homes. They give you the opportunity to display your favourite memories such as paintings or a collection of photos on the walls of your home. However, some parts of your home may have dark areas where it can be difficult to see what’s going on. Some people might refrain from using a picture hanging system because of this, but there is a simple solution: add lighting! Lighting tracks aren’t more difficult to install than standard lighting. You just need to pay more attention to where you place them.

Learn how easy it is to add lights with these four steps below.

I. Plan Out Your Lighting System

Planning the lighting for your art gallery can be tricky, but with our tips it doesn’t have to be.

Firstly, you should determine the position of light sources and review their placement before installing any fixtures or light fittings. In order to make sure that your pictures are lit from all angles, it’s best to place light sources on the same plane as the artwork itself, rather than above or below eye level. This way, no detail will go unnoticed!

II. Determine the Lighting Needs for Each Area of Your Art Display

When you are deciding on light fixtures for your art gallery, make sure to determine your lighting needs for each area. For example, a large space with high ceilings will need more light than a small room with low ceilings. In addition, consider how much light is necessary to best enhance different types of artwork (e.g. glass, paintings or sculptures). Consider these factors when choosing light fixtures and lighting sources and explore what will work best in your space.

III. Lighting tracks – Determine Where to Place Lights in Each Area

Always determine where you want lights placed based on how much light they produce.  Also, their cost effectiveness should be evaluated on an individual basis. In art galleries, there are typically two types of art: paintings and sculptures. A good way to determine where to place your lights is to first consider the type of art that will be on display. Paintings typically needs an ambient light so they can be seen in their entirety; however, sculptures need spotlights because they’re usually three dimensional.

IV. Purchase and Install the lights: Types of Lighting for Art.

Ceiling Mounted Lights

Ceiling mounted lights are the traditional solution for making your art—not the light source—the focus.

Spotlights that direct light onto individual artworks are a good way to illuminate them.

Can’t you just imagine your spectacular work of art enhanced by a spotlight that captures every nuance and detail? You could opt for recessed or surface-mounted ceiling fixtures that allow for directional light beams to be adjusted in any way.

The aptly named ‘Spotlight Ceiling Fixture’ can even illuminate an entire room with its long-range beam spreads. This is perfect if your intention is to set up some kind of glowing shrine dedicated solely to one of your masterpieces.

If you’re lighting up your art, there are many ways to do it.

As a rule of thumb, ceiling-mounted lights should be placed so that when the fixture is adjusted the light beam hits the centre of the artwork at a 30-degree angle.

If the forward tilt of the picture when hung on your wall is 10 degrees then the shadow the picture creates will be below the artwork.

Lighting tracks in art gallery
Combi rail pro light artiteq installed by Hang Logic
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Combi rail pro light artiteq hang logic

Lighting Tracks

Picture hanging systems with incorporated lighting are ideal for art lovers who want to showcase their art display in the very best possible way. They are also less expensive than most ceiling lights.

Such lighting tracks have come a long way since they were first introduced to the sophisticated world of art decades ago. They look more like modern accents in an art gallery or a museum when compared to the large, bulky lighting tracks that we’re used to seeing on the ceilings throughout home decor stores – never mind in our own homes! With lamps equipped for high brightness, these contemporary accent pieces perform just as well as their counterparts (ceiling-mounted fixtures). Their upper hand – they offer key advantages such as easy installation options and extreme flexibility. Their light fittings are movable. At any point in time, you can simply relocate or even remove a light arm from the picture hanging rails without disrupting other functionalities. Picture hanging systems with incorporated lighting such as Hang Logic’s ‘Combi Rail Pro Light’ make it a cinch to rearrange your lighting to optimally showcase your artwork.

Furthermore, thanks to the lighting tracks, rotating artworks or even moving furniture around will no longer be a problem. All you need to do is slide the hanging wires along the picture rail and/or adjust the picture hooks’ height by simply sliding them along the hanging wires. This allows you to optimally (re-)position your artworks, without needing to put further nails or screws in your walls, and thereby possibly damaging them.

Lighting Tracks: The Combi Rail Pro by ArtiTeq

The Combi Rail Pro Light by Artiteq is a flexible picture hanging and lighting system that can be mounted anywhere, thanks to its movable fittings. Its sleek, neutral design means it will fit into any room seamlessly. Its high-quality light ensures an optimal viewing experience of your favourite pictures, paintings, photos and prints. In addition, installing this lighting track (3 steps) will not take up much time or require special tools – just plug it in!

  1. Mount the clips (Click&Connect) to the wall and click the rail into the clips, immediately installing the rail firmly in the right place.
  2. Install the power supply.
  3. Mount the lighting arms for the picture lighting; a quarter turn and they’re firmly and quickly installed in the right place on the rail.

How does ArtiTeq Combi Rail work?

The lighting arms are suitable both for LED and halogen lamps, and are available in lengths of 50 cm and 70 cm. Made from high-quality plastic and resistant to high temperatures, you can adjust the luminaire cover to the desired angle to perfectly illuminate your pictures. Because the light arms can be adjusted, move and removed you don’t have to worry that your lighting may be too bright in a certain area of your home.

All the components of the Combi Rail Pro Light have been tested and approved by a reputable, independent certification authority – TUV Rheinland. The hanging rail with picture lighting has a separate conductor for the lighting arms, so that these can be moved independently of the conductive parts.

Once your picture rails are installed, all you have to do is choose the right hanging wires and hooks. It’s easy to choose the right diameter, length and materials to hang your valuable artworks with Hang Logic’s Artiteq Combi Rail Pro Light.

Why is ArtiTeq Combi Rail an exceptional product?

Lights arms mounted on the picture hanging system enliven individual artworks and provide a sense of intimacy that invites viewers to step in for closer inspection. Picture light fixtures make it possible to display pictures in your home, office or building, creating a beautiful and immersive environment perfect for any art lover or art collector.

Picture lights not only add to the look of a room, but they can also illuminate furnishing and art pieces.

Bear in mind that you can’t remove a traditional recessed ceiling fixture without drywall surgery if you decide to relocate a painting. However, if you opt for a picture rail with integrated lighting you can easily move a light arm along the track or even take one off.

The Artiteq Combi Rail Pro Light - 50cm Arm
Artiteq Lighting tracks picture hanging system 50cm light arm twister hanging wire and Micro grip hooks - 40.11200

Wall Washer Lights

If you don’t want to optimise your lighting for every picture, you can always choose wall washer lights instead.

Wall washers come in many forms- including recessed, surface mounted or track mounted fixtures that can be placed on walls, ceilings and floors.  They provide equal light distribution that light up artwork more subtlety than the harsh type of lighting ceiling mounted lights would offer you.

Wall washer lights also offer future flexibility when adding, removing or relocating paintings since washing the wall evens out any brighter spots due to reflected light off nearby surfaces.

IV. Hang Your Art and Enjoy!

Hang that art show, hang those pictures and enjoy! Make sure the lightening is bright and even on all of your pictures so they can stand out in their full beauty. And don’t forget height. If you hang your pictures too high or too low people will just walk by without giving them a second glance. (we really suggest you to have a look to this article to know more about the Art of hanging Art).

3. Asking an Expert: Why is Light so Important in Art and Photography?

Asking a photographer or an artist how they approach the subject of light in their artwork is like asking a musician how they approach sound. It is hard to know where to start. Ansel Adams did a good job of splitting photography in half, by suggesting that ‘the negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance.’ He continues: “In the context of my own practice, this supports my feeling that the camera is the place where light is recorded — with precision and dutiful care — and the darkroom is where light is played, with a more intuitive and expressive approach.”

The application of digital imaging does not change this equation. While clearly more sophisticated, the tools of the digital darkroom mostly resemble those of its analogue predecessor — much of what I do in my work relies on the earliest photographic processes of dodging and burning (lightening and darkening) images.

It is helpful for me to consider light in the musical terms which masters, like Adams, have laid out. Alfred Stieglitz, before him, used the comparison to give photographs the capacity for abstraction — a quality at odds with the indexical nature of photography, but one which music embodies. In relation to my own practice, this means that my ‘performances’ in the darkroom can, in search of expression, stray further from the score.

Ansel Adams, Photographer, looking at camera

4. Conclusion – Lighting tracks

In conclusion, light alters the mood and effects the quality of your art display. The intensity of your light source and where you light source is coming from makes or breaks the pictures you showcase.

Once you understand and explore different types of lighting, you’ll possess the knowledge to optimally display your pictures. Good lighting inspires the viewer to perceive and appreciate the art. You need to manipulate and control light correctly to ensure you achieve the best colour vibrancy and luminosity.

In our view a lighting track in the form of a picture hanging systems with incorporated lighting provides the maximum amount of flexibility needed to professionally and successfully illuminate your art display.