What Is The Best Lighting To Accent Stained Glass?

How to use lighting techniques to show off your adored artwork. Stain glasses can be displayed properly with the best lighting choices.

Stained glass is a very beautiful art form that has been cherished for centuries. Lots of people today are fortunate enough to own a section of this truly lovely artwork. If you are lucky enough to be one of them you'll want to show off your personal treasure to best advantage.

Stained glass is commonly sold in several forms. One of the most common is a small decorative square with a stand or hanging chain. This is often intended for display on a mantelpiece or in a curio cabinet. If you decide to place your artwork in a curio cabinet lighting is easy. Some cabinets have built in lighting. If you have that kind of unit you can simply position the piece behind one of the lights. Switch it on and the artwork is beautifully illuminated. If this is not the kind of unit you have you can add your own lighting. If the unit is inexpensive you can drill a small hole in the back of it and string a spotlight inside. You can also purchase lights that hang directly inside and are powered by batteries.

If the piece of stained glass you have is too big to fit inside a display case or you'd rather just exhibit it in the living room you have several options. Ideally stained glass is best placed in a room with lots of natural light. Natural light refers to the kind of light generated by sunlight. A good place for stained glass is on top of a window. A room with many windows will be a room with lots of natural light. If you don't want to waste window space or you don't have a window that gets good natural light you should use artificial light instead.



There are many different kinds of artificial lights. You can purchase an overhead light with several florescent bulbs. This kind of lighting is best avoided as a primary source of lighting for stained glass because it is very harsh on the eyes and will not show off the intricate detail of the artwork very well.

Task lighting generally refers to the kind of light that is used by individuals for individual everyday jobs. A good example of task lighting is track lighting. Track lights can be purchased separately but they most often come in a row with other lights. The kind of specific task lighting you'll want to use depends on the placement of the stained glass in the room. Track lighting is an excellent choice for use with stained glass because it confines the brightness to one area. If you change your mind about where to place the piece you can reposition the light and the artwork.

If you chose to hang the piece on the wall it is a good idea to use lighting that can be directly placed behind the artwork. A single spotlight can be placed adjacent to it. The front of the piece can be highlighted in several ways. Position a track light right in front or to the side to show off the pretty colors in the glass. Downlights are light fixtures that cast a pool of light downward in a small area. This kind of lighting is very popular. Bring the piece right next to lighting already in place like a recessed light fixture. You can also use uplights. Uplights, as the name implies, are lights placed on the floor that cast light upwards. A good use for an uplight is in the corner of the room where it will shine light on the ceiling. Place an uplight near the stained glass to highlight it. Another good kind of uplight for stained glass is a table lamp. Place the table lamp on table right next the glass.

Artificial light can be manipulated. Consider using a dimmer switch on the lamp next to the stained glass to create various pleasant effects. Alternatively experiment with different watt bulbs. Using the most effective lighting will allow your artwork to be successfully admired for years to come.

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