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What does CRI mean and why is it important?

Unless you are a seasoned artist, you might not truly understand or appreciate the art of lighting a room. Choosing lights for your space can be quite technical. If you have a certain look you are trying to achieve in a room, restaurant, business, art gallery, etc., it is important to understand the different aspects there are to lights, such as the color rendering index (CRI), and why it’s so important to achieving your goal for the space.   For some, lighting can be an afterthought, or just simply misunderstood. If you are opening a restaurant, for example, you might want dim lighting which might work great for your space—but it might also create a different environment from what you intended. Or, if you are an artist and are hanging your work in a gallery, the lighting will affect the way your painting is seen by customers and visitors. These risks can easily be solved by understand CRI—here are some key things to know.   CRI essentially refers to how different types of illumination, or light, affected the color of objects as they are perceived when the light hit them. The index provides lighting manufacturers to create different lights with CRIs that are best for different situations, i.e. a restaurant and an art gallery. To do this, they manufacture lights on a scale of 1-100:   High pressure sodium light sources have a CRI around 24 Mercury vapor light sources have a CRI around 49 Fluorescent light sources have a CRI range between 50 and 85 depending on the phosphate coating of the bulb Metal halide light sources have a CRI range between 75 and 95 Modern LEDs have a braod range of CRI up [...]

By |April 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls aren’t just for art studios, but they are a great way to decorate your home with paintings and photos you love. That said, there’s more to making a gallery wall than just hanging up a bunch of pictures. Knowing how to design a gallery wall is important so that your wall doesn’t look messy and cluttered. Don’t worry, though, once you understand the steps your wall will look great. First, decide on a style for your wall. Do you want it to be symmetrical and in a grid, or would you prefer the photos and pictures to be more random? Second, decide what photos and/or paintings you want to include in the gallery wall. Think about their sizes and frames and how they will fit together when determining the style you’d like. Second, do a first draft of your wall on the floor. Once you have all of the pictures and/or paintings in their frames and ready to go, lay them out on the floor in the shape and order you want them to appear on the wall. Move them around and see which design you like best and make changes to frames, spacing and position at this point.     Once you have your draft ready to go on the floor, make a second draft on the wall using kraft or tissue paper and cut it into the exact sized of all of your frames. Tape them on the wall and measure to ensure that everything is even, straight and spaced appropriately. This is also where you’ll want to make spacing and position changes, because once you start hanging you’ll get unnecessary holes in the wall. After all, making sure a painting [...]

By |April 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Light Artwork

How to Light Artwork When purchasing a piece of art, you probably have an idea of where it will go in your home, office or business. What you might not have thought of, however, is whether or not the lighting in that place was appropriate for the painting. You wouldn’t want to get home and hang your beautiful new painting, only to see it a little differently than you did in the art gallery because of the lighting in your house. Glare from natural light, shadows and poor quality room lighting can very negatively affect the way your painting looks, and even how the painting ages. These concerns can be easily fixed with the consideration of some key factors and a little planning. LEDs are the Way To Go Think of the lighting that already exists in the room, first. Incandescent and halogen light bulbs are not only less energy-efficient, they also give off a heat that can be dangerous and harmful to artwork. . And generally speaking florescent bulbs produce very poor quality light for viewing art.  LED lights – unlike incandescent, florescent and halogen lights – don’t give off infrared or ultraviolet rays which can actually damage your painting over time. Make sure that the light on the paintings is from an LED-type of bulb for the best results, but make sure it’s a good quality light. LED lights that are lower-quality will make you feel like you are looking at artwork in a dressing room or dentist’s office. Try to get LED lights with a minimum color-rendering index of 90+ this is close to the sun’s CRI, which is 100. The color temperature of the light is also important, lower color temperature [...]

By |March 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Light Your Art Studio

Studio lighting is one of the key factors when setting up your art studio. There are different kinds of light to choose from—including all artificial lighting to all natural lighting. Most of the time, you will need to find a way to light your studio with a mixture of both depending on your type painting and the art studio space itself. First, your art studio will not only be a place to work, but also a place to showcase the finished products. What looks good on your easel might not look as nice once it’s on the wall. This is also important if you are painting on commission—try to adjust your light in your studio to the light that is in the space where the painting will end up. If you choose to light your studio with natural light only, there is the famous North Light approach. This means that your studio will mainly be lit by North light, which requires a window and space with the perfect view. If using all natural light isn’t an option, and a lot of the time it is not, you will need to use artificial lighting. You will need to have adjustable lighting for different seasons and different times of the day, here are some things to think about when determining the ideal light for your space: A combination of natural and artificial lighting is best to quire the right color temperature. Different bulbs can give you different color temperatures, so you can balance the natural light and the artificial light to get exactly the right light for your painting. However, this can be costly and imprecise. The best solution is a light with an adjustable color temperature. [...]

By |March 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Method Lights: Redefining the Way We See Art

The Challenge for Artists There’s long been a void in art studio lighting, and the art lighting industry as a whole. For artists, the optimal scenario is usually natural light, but that can be problematic on cloudy days or when it’s dark outside. Artists will often find themselves working on a piece, and as the light changes, as do the colors. When the lighting isn’t optimal, it becomes difficult to mix colors correctly, and it can also simply make painting a less pleasant experience when the light isn’t what you want or need it to be. Regarding studio lighting, a simple incandescent bulb can have an adverse effect on colors and tones, but in the past, finding a studio lighting solution could also be incredibly expensive. Lighting Art For Display It’s not just in the studio where lighting options or lack thereof can be problematic. People tend to struggle when it comes to lighting their art in their homes or a display situation. Many of the options available either require costly hard wiring and installation, they’re bulky and hang directly on the piece of art, or they require unsightly cords, bringing the focus to the light fixture itself, rather than the art. The challenge for people as they light their art for display purposes is again, much like the studio issue, how to effectively light art in a way that’s aesthetically appealing, but also budget-friendly. The Solution: Method Lights Creating by a long-time art gallery owner, Method Lights is a line of studio and picture lights that specifically speak to the challenges above, and bring an exclusive set of features and capabilities not seen with other art lights. The current collection features the ML200 and [...]

By |February 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments