Guide to Art Display Lighting Options
We think your piece deserves to be seen at any time of day. Every intentioned detail of it. How do we make that happen? Let us shed some light on the situation.
Our ambient-lit displays work by diffusing a light projected within the pedestal up through a frosted acrylic top, creating a soft glow that plays well with opaque and translucent pieces.
Our spotlight concentrates a beam of light coming up and out of a variable-diameter hole in the middle of the pedestal’s top surface, covered by a frosted acrylic disk. This feature fills and illuminates your glass or semi-opaque piece, ideal especially for pieces with color and nuance.
Although the standard light aperture is 2 ¾”, we offer an array of customization.
Corner swivel lights, sometimes referred to as eyeball lights, are small, round, and movable spotlights that create spectacular drama by highlighting the piece’s natural contours.
Depending on the height of your piece, you’ll want to make sure you provide enough top surface display space to achieve the proper angle. Check out the graphics and descriptions on this page to better understand what angles you might need. Again, we can help design and discover the custom option to best display your piece so don’t hesitate to call.
What could endow your piece with more reverence than a halo? These telescoping, stainless steel rods integrate seamless out of the pedestal top and cradle a rotating, 7.5 watts LED bulb that illuminates your piece from above for a heavenly glow. While the rods come in 36” or 60” lengths, they can be adjusted down to any height using the retractable, telescoping feature.
For customers who already have their pedestal at home, an overhead light kit can be ordered and easily retrofit into your existing display. Check out the instructional video for further installation instruction.
This is the ultimate light package to gift your piece — our showcase comes fully integrated with an acrylic dust cover and down-lighting installed in the overhead hood. For even more ambiance, we can customize your case with bottom lighting, including an ambient-lit base, corner lights and spotlights. This combination of top and bottom lighting creates an attractive balance and plays well with the translucent dust cover.
Sign White Lights
Capture anyone’s attention with the magnetizing glow of our Sign White Acrylic Lighted Pedestals. A vertical, low voltage LED system distributes light evenly across the surface of the pedestal. Controlled by a remote control, you can fine tune the coloring and brightness to whatever best fits the situation.
Sleeve with Ambient Light
For a particularly unique way to bring your piece to light, our translucent, acrylic sleeves with ambient light is an excellent choice. Think our ambient top pedestals sheathed in a translucent sleeve for an intriguing glow effect.
There’s more to this lighting thing than you probably want to know — but of particular importance is the bulb. It’s the heart of your lighted pedestal and can give off all the right feels — or all the wrong ones. There are three major decisions to keep in mind when choosing your bulb: type, power and warmth.
The default bulb that will come with your lighting system is a 4,100K neutral white CFL bulb. For safety purposes, DO NOT use incandescent bulbs. This could burn your house down! And it won’t be nearly as cool as David Byrne makes it sound.
Our standard ambient and spotlight pedestals come standard with CFL bulbs. Our corner, overhead and display case lights come standard with LED bulbs. This can be changed if you have a preference of one or the other non-standard options — just give us a call!
We recommend using LED bulbs in our lighted products. LEDs have an average lifespan of about 25,000 hours, 15,000 more hours than a typical CFL! If you are using CFL bulbs, we recommend 14-25 watts. DO NOT use bulbs more than 25 watts in strength! Again, this could burn your house down.
Bulbs can produce a range of temperatures and dramatically change the “feel” of your piece in the room. Many of our products come standard with either warm, cool, or neutral temperatures — if you have a preference of which, please give us a call and let us know!
Remotes, Foot Switches and Cords
We have three standard options for turning up the lights on your pedestal: remote, foot switch, or side switch.
Our non-adjustable CFL bulbs that come standard in ambient and spotlight pedestals are typically turned on and off using a footswitch, connected by a chord to your pedestal. Chords come standard in black, but we also offer clear, brown and white chords. Just let us know you’d like a different color when you order, each pedestal is built-to-order.
For something a bit more discrete and convenient, we can install a switch on the backside of your pedestal for $25. These come in white or black.
Some lighting options include a remote control — you can adjust the color, temperature, or brightness of your lighting within a 20-meter radius using the AAA battery-powered remote. Not all of our pedestals can be outfitted with adjustable bulbs, so if you have any doubts or need clarification, please call us!