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Art Gallery Lighting


Lighting is one of the most crucial components of an art gallery. That is because lighting can have a dramatic impact on the appearance of the artwork.

It is also very important to make sure you choose the right installation for the kind of artwork you are displaying. Lights with a high CRI make all the difference – without these it is difficult to be sure that the colors in the artwork are accurately represented.

For gallery owners looking to illuminate their artworks in the best possible light, our product range offers maximum flexibility. We go the extra mile to ensure our customers get all the information they need about gallery lighting; that includes everything from mounting methods to the dimming options best suited to your gallery.

Products

(Art Gallery Track Lighting Systems) 

In order to do the artwork justice, it is necessary to choose the right kind of track lighting to complement each piece. There is actually a lot to consider when choosing lighting for your gallery.

You will need to take into account the effects of wall art lights on your paintings if you wish to optimize their appearance. The effects can vary, depending on the materials used to create the art; there will be variations due to the colors used, as well as the tone, shape and size of the paintings.

We have a selection of spotlights and will be happy to help you choose the right ones for your gallery. Our range starts with entry-level lights and extends to superior, high-end quality lighting – there is something for every gallery.

One thing we absolutely guarantee is premium quality. Every lighting system we have is designed to bring out the best in your artwork. That is why we are a leading supplier of lighting for a diverse range of galleries, catering for all styles of art.

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Le Art

Le Art is our flagship lighting product. It is truly versatile and combines several features that come together to illuminate galleries in the most flattering way:

An adjustable beam angle means that you can have a spotlight (giving narrow beams) and a wall wash (giving wide angle beams) together in the same fitting. It is very simple to pull the front lens forward when you want to change the beam.

Our Le Art light also boasts an onboard dimmer. This dimmer allows the user to dim individual lights between 0 and 100%, quickly and easily. Another benefit of this is that you can achieve the highest color-rendering index possible (95). The colors in your artworks will therefore be represented just as they should – in a natural and realistic light.

Another interesting feature is the detachable barn doors. These help you to project light so that the artwork appears in a square or rectangular disposition. It’s no wonder that galleries all around the world are choosing this impressive lighting system to showcase their works!

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Le Art II

Le Art is our flagship lighting product. It is truly versatile and combines several features that come together to illuminate galleries in the most flattering way:

An adjustable beam angle means that you can have a spotlight (giving narrow beams) and a wall wash (giving wide angle beams) together in the same fitting. It is very simple to pull the front lens forward when you want to change the beam.

Our Le Art light also boasts an onboard dimmer. This dimmer allows the user to dim individual lights between 0 and 100%, quickly and easily. Another benefit of this is that you can achieve the highest color-rendering index possible (95). The colors in your artworks will therefore be represented just as they should – in a natural and realistic light.

Another interesting feature is the detachable barn doors. These help you to project light so that the artwork appears in a square or rectangular disposition. It’s no wonder that galleries all around the world are choosing this impressive lighting system to showcase their works!

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Gallery Wall Wash

For those looking for an entry-level art gallery lighting system, the Gallery Wall Wash could be the one. This system is used by all kinds of galleries because of its high quality; it casts a very flattering light on the artwork.

The lights are best suited to single circuits and have a fixed beam angle, producing a perfectly even wall wash flood beam. Users can dim the lights via a dimmer a wall knob. With a strong CRI of 90, you can expect superior color-rendering from this system.

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Projects

Banno Lighting is dedicated to art gallery projects, providing the best lighting solutions for galleries of all sizes throughout Australia and all around the world. We are happy to share information on our previous projects, so feel free to check out the links on this page.

Craig Parry Gallery

Craig Parry, an environmental and marine photographer with a Byron Bay boutique gallery, approached us looking to source the best lighting system to showcase his work. We sat down with him and his team to discuss the project, ensuring that all involved knew what was needed to suit their particular design and installation. We are happy to say that we left behind both a satisfied customer and a warm and welcoming gallery.

Craig Parry Art Gallery - Outside View
Craig Parry Art Gallery - Track Lights
Craig Parry Art Gallery

Boom Gallery

Another project we worked on was with the Boom Gallery of Geelong in Australia, which is a wool mill conversion. The gallery was not happy with their previous lighting system, as it wasn’t fit for their requirements. We carefully reviewed their situation and offered them our Le Art II series and Gallery Wall Wash System, which was exactly what they needed

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Boom Gallery - Lighting For Art

One Space Gallery

We also worked with the One Space Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. Their schedule is always changing, so they needed solutions to accommodate beam angle adjustment for every light fitting. They came to us with an enquiry about ERCO lighting products, but we offered them a more economical solution, as we knew that our Le Art range was the perfect installation for them.

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Art Gallery Lighting Guidelines

Fortunately, art gallery lighting installation guidelines are not too complex. You simply need a track light or light fitting, a metre of track and a suspension kit for every metre of wall space to be lit. However, this does depend on the kind of ceiling you have, and its height.

It is likely that some more technical information will be needed if your set up is to be optimized. That is because the perfect lighting will be different for various types of artwork on display. This also applies to the kind of atmosphere you want to create.

The following aspects should be considered so you can make the right lighting choice:

Which artwork will you display? For example: illustrations, canvas, glass, or oils.

Which colours are present in the artwork? Is it mainly white, or black?

What size is the artwork you are displaying?

How high is your ceiling and is it open, closed or made of plaster?

Do you need individual controls for your dimming, or another kind?

It helps to have a think about these aspects before you contact us, so we can be ready with the right ideas for your gallery. We can then get straight to work on your project! We pride ourselves on surpassing our clients’ expectations, and always aim to bring galleries to life as quickly as possible.

Configuration Options

Depending on your ceiling height, you will have the choice of a few different mounting methods.aAs art galleries can vary so much in size and shape, it is necessary to examine these factors to determine the right lighting configuration. This decision is also affected by the location of your artwork in the room. For instances, there may be art on the walls as well as in the centre of the space.

One of the best things about track lighting is that it is so versatile. Users are able to create customized layouts for whichever kind of space they are working with. They can specify exactly how the light should be distributed, focusing it in various different directions.

You can opt for installation of suspension mounted tracks, or you might need surface mounted tracks. Gallery lighting works best when positioned at a height of 2.8 to 3 metres.

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Mounting Methods

Suspended Art Gallery Lighting

Suspension Mounted

If your ceiling height is between 2.8 and 3 metres, it is wisest to go for surface mounted tracks. The process is uncomplicated: the track will be screwed into whichever ceiling material is present, whether that is concrete, plasterboard or any of the other common materials.

Surface Mounted (Ceiling) Art Gallery Lighting

Surface Mounted

For ceilings that are 3 to 6 metres in height, a suspension mounted track is the best possible option. This allows you to hang the track from your ceiling. We recommend hanging it at a height of between 2.8 and 3 metres, so that the lighting will sit at the optimal distance from the artwork.

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

To give some perspective on CRI, natural daylight has a CRI of 100%. This means that colour is represented in its truest form. Obviously when lighting is artificial, the CRI can’t reach 100%. However, it is still possible to achieve a very high CRI when illuminating objects inside a gallery, thanks to high-quality products like those at Banno Lighting. Our lighting systems have the highest CRI you can find, so the colours in your artwork will be almost as true as they would be in natural daylight.

CRI 80

A CRI of 80 works well in establishments such as supermarkets and retail shops, but it does not allow for authentic vibrancy in colours. As this is all-important in an art gallery, we usually recommend that you opt for something higher.

CRI 95

As a CRI of 95 is so close to natural daylight, you can expect true vibrancy in your colours. Our technologies have been carefully designed to achieve this high CRI, which is why they bring artwork to life in a very real way.

Dimming Options

Another important aspect of a properly lit gallery is dimming. As there are plenty of dimming options available, you will need to decide on the correct technology for your space according to the following factors:

Your lighting configuration

The characteristics of your space

The way you intend to use your space

It is quite possible that you will need to frequently adapt your lighting to optimise the different displays in your gallery. Every piece of artwork is different, so it is necessary to ensure the lighting is both timely and static.

Below you can find the most common dimming methods:

WiFi Dimming

WiFi dimming is the newest and most advanced technology in lighting system control. It is very simple to set up, and your light fittings are connected to your central WiFi network. You will be able to control the lighting through a smartphone or tablet app, and it is a more economical option than other dimming methods.


Traditional manual wall dimming

Traditional manual wall dimming gives you control over your lighting levels via a wall dimmer.
With a single-circuit system, you are able to synchronize the dimming of all your lights. If you have a three-circuit system, you will be able to control more than three separate groups of lights.

DALI & C-Bus Dimming System

The DALI & C-Bus Dimming System is a flexible option that is often installed in bigger galleries; Australia’s national galleries installed it between 1988 and 2012. This operates through a centralised computer system and has an on and off function; you can control colour change between cool and warm whites of between 3.000k and 6.000k, as well as group control dimming.

Please bear in mind that this system is expensive to buy and install, plus it can take a lot of time to program the function of each light.


On-board dimming

​On-board dimming means that you can manually dim the lighting via a knob on the light fitting. It is possible to get a light fitting that has a small on-board dimmer.

Art Gallery Lighting Design

Banno Lighting are here to assist you with all of your gallery lighting needs. Perhaps you already have a gallery and it just needs updating. It might be that you are working with a totally new space… whatever your requirements, we are ready and waiting to offer our expert advice and high quality products and services.

We can tailor our design service to your specific needs, dependent on the individual characteristics of your gallery and the artwork you display. We consider your budget and vision to come up with the ideal solution for your business. Feel free to contact us through the below form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.