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Art Lighting: Getting Started

When done right, art lighting draws attention to your favorite pieces of original artwork, paintings, prints, photos, and even architectural room details. Before purchasing new picture lights, assess the size of your artwork and proximity to electricity to determine the best designs for your needs. Whether you need to light a single piece of artwork or you’re looking for gallery lighting, we offer plug-in, hardwire and battery-powered fixtures and more in a range of finishes, from traditional bronze and gold to sleek brushed metal. Our best-selling designs ship for free, including modern LED designs and our ever popular House of Troy lights.

Here are a few quick tips for artwork lighting:

  • Avoid high wattage halogen bulbs (150 watts or higher) which could fade or discolor original paintings or artwork.
  • Wall art should be brighter than background lighting to make it "pop" from the wall.
  • If you're mounting lighting for artwork on your ceilings, the best picture light placement is approximately 24 to 30 inches from the wall to ensure proper lighting.

Want to build an entire room around your art? Check out our framed wall art, featuring framed prints of original paintings. Find something you like and then accessorize your artwork with furniture and decor accents. For more design inspiration, check out our Shop by Trend pages, featuring the latest living room trends. For personal assistance with picture lights or replacement bulbs, please call one of our friendly, trained lighting associates 7 days a week. We're here to help!

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