How to Properly Light Artwork

By The Editors at HomePortfolio


Properly lighting a work of art allows it to be both enjoyed and preserved. A work can be spared premature deterioration by considering light sources, proper filtering, and fixture placement. Here are three primary ways to light art that depend on the object to be lit and the physical condition of a given space. (For treasured pieces, it may be a good idea to consult with a lighting professional.)

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Picture Lighting

Picture lights attach to a framed work or to the wall above or below. They can be secured to the wall and hardwired to a dedicated electrical box or be simply hung and plugged in. When using a picture light that plugs in, consider having your electrician install a "clock box," allowing the outlet to be placed behind the artwork and accommodate the cord.
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by Jessica Lagrange

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