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How Smart Lighting can be Used in an Art Gallery Environment

How Smart Lighting can be Used in an Art Gallery Environment

How to Use Smart Lighting in Art Galleries

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Smart lighting is being embraced in homes and businesses as a way to make lighting control quick and easy. Here we’ll take a look at what smart lighting is, and the main considerations in lighting an art gallery.


What is Smart Lighting?

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Smart LED lighting offers a way to easily control the lighting in any space. Smart LED bulbs contain software that allow them to connect to an app on a smartphone or tablet or to a home assistant such as Google Nest, so they can be controlled independently of any wall switches or dimmers. 



What are the Benefits of Smart Lighting?

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Smart lighting systems give you greater control over your lighting set-up, and the ability to control lighting remotely. Lights can be automated to turn on, off, or dim on a set schedule. For example, you may want to keep lights on after the gallery closes if the location is on a street with evening footfall, but then set them to turn off after midnight when the street is quiet to save energy. 


Another benefit of smart lighting fixtures is that they can be used with other connected devices - for example a camera system or audio equipment. 



What are the Main Considerations When Lighting an Art Gallery?

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Lighting is absolutely key to displaying works within a gallery at their absolute best, as well as creating an ambiance that is welcoming and inviting for visitors. It’s also essential that gallery lighting is adaptable, as displays within a gallery space can constantly be changing. 


At Banno Lighting, we always recommend starting with the installation of a track lighting system. A track system comprises two parts - the track itself and the fixtures which attach to it. Track is supplied in meter lengths, and pieces can be attached end to end or at angles using accessories called track joiners. This allows for the creation of long straight runs, continuous circuits, or L-shape or T-shape formations. 


The simplest method of installation is to surface-mount track directly to the ceiling, whether standard or smart track lighting. However, if the ceilings are high, you may wish to suspend the track using adjustable suspension wires to bring the light closer to the required height. The suspension wires are fixed to the ceiling at one end and the track at the other. 


If a clean and minimal look is desired, it’s possible to recess track into the ceiling surface. However, this is a more complicated method of installation and doesn’t work with some ceiling materials, such as concrete. Whether you opt for surface-mounted, suspended, or smart recessed lighting, a well-considered track layout is the foundation of a versatile lighting system.


With the track installed, the next consideration is the choice of track lighting fixtures. You’ll need a combination of general, ambient lighting and fixtures, which will directly illuminate the artworks on display. A standard approach is to use one track fixture per meter of the track, though this isn’t a strict rule - but you will need to ensure that you don’t overload the track.


When selecting track fixtures, opting for lights with an adjustable beam angle will give you the greatest flexibility. Banno Lighting designed our own L’Art range, a collection of fixtures specifically designed with the needs of art galleries in mind. Our L’Art Zoom fitting has a dial directly on the back of the fixture, allowing you to adjust the beam angle between 10 and 90 degrees. The L’Art Multi comes with a range of lenses that can be clipped in and out to adjust the beam angle quickly and simply, and the L’Art Deluxe is also provided with 14 changeable lenses. 


The Color Rendering Index value, or CRI, of gallery lighting, is another key element in making sure that artworks are displayed at their best. When the light has a low CRI value, colors will appear washed out and faded. Lights with a high CRI value ensure that color is accurately rendered to the human eye, so they’re as vibrant and distant as the artist intended. All lights in the L’Art range have the maximum possible CRI value of 95.


Don’t forget how the space feels for your all-important visitors. You want to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that encourages them to linger and appreciate the art, and the color temperature of light makes a huge difference to the ambiance. A cool light (around 6000K) is great for a supermarket environment but wouldn’t suit a gallery space. However, a warm light (around 3000K) creates a more relaxed environment. You could consider installing a few decorative fixtures, such as pendants or smart wall lighting to bring some warmth to the space. 


Banno Lighting are experts in lighting for art galleries, so get in touch to see how we can help you design the perfect lighting solution. 


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Banno Lighting is located in Brooklyn, NYC. We are a small family owned business who specialize in Art Gallery Lighting.

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