Lighting Essentials for Metal Artwork

Lighting Your Metal Artwork

Lighting is "key" with metal artwork. All of our metal wall art and sculptures are photographed under vibrant track lighting, with the correct color temperature for the desired look or mood.

Depending on the type of lighting that you use, you can achieve a more intense look like the photos in our listings. 

We favor LED bulbs, and prefer a high-kelvin bulb that gives the artwork a bright and contemporary feel, in the 5000k range. Read on to learn more!

Lumens & Watts

The amount of light the bulb gives off is measured in lumens and the power is rated in watts.

  • Incandescent bulbs provide 17 to 20 lumens per watt, but fluorescent bulbs provide as much as 90 lumens per watt.
  • The color produced by bulbs is measured by the color-rendering index (CRI). The scale runs from 1 to 100, with 100 being the equivalent of natural sunlight. Bulbs with CRI of 70 give off the best quality of light.
  • The quality and tone of the color is measured in a temperature reading known as Kelvin. High Kelvin temperatures produce cooler shades of light. See the chart below.
Kelvin Chart for Lighting

Lighting Recommendations

Below are links to lighting and accessories that we either use in the gallery or have been recommended by collectors.

While we do our best to guide our collectors towards the best lighting solutions possible, every situation is different and these might not work for your purposes. If you have any questions about the products below, please contact the manufacturer.

 

 Lithonia Lighting LTKSTBF BR20 MW M4 Adjustable Decorative LED Lamp, 500 Lumens/Head, 120 Volts, 8 Watts, Dry Listed, White

This is the track lighting we use in our Studio. We have found them to be affordable and reliable. The light fixture can be adjusted to highlight the artwork perfectly.

 

AmazonBasics 65 Watt Equivalent, Daylight, Dimmable, BR30 LED Light Bulb | 6-Pack

These daylight bulbs offer the recommended 5000 K lighting that gives the artwork a bright and contemporary feel at the right price.

   

Smart WiFi LED Strip Lights - Lumary Color Changing Rope Lights Compatible with Alexa Google Home RGB Music Sync Phone Control for TV Bedroom Party Home Decoration (RGB 16.4ft Led Strip)

Several customers have recommended these LED light strips for placement behind panel artwork for back-lighting. They offer a unique, colorful pop of color paired with SMART technology.

 

 Brilliant Evolution Wireless LED Puck Light 6 Pack with Remote Control | LED Under Cabinet Lighting | Closet Light | Battery Powered Lights | Under Counter Lighting | Stick On Lights

Puck lights are another option for back-lighting your wall art!

 

 LEONLITE LED Picture Light, Full Metal Artwork Lamp with Swivel Lamp Head, 8W (40W Eqv.), Plug-n-Play & Hardwire, UL-Listed Power Cord, 3000K Warm White, CRI90+, Arc Arm, 560Lm, Satin Nickel Finish

 

These are an alternative to track lighting and provide a warm light over the art. 

 

 

MELPO 15W LED Flood Light Outdoor, Color Changing RGB Floodlight with Remote, 120 RGB Colors, Warm White to Daylight Tunable, IP66 Waterproof, US 3-Plug (2 Pack)

These provide a huge burst of light and are best for highlighting your garden sculptures or outdoor-friendly wall art. These require a power-source so consider keeping them close to an outlet.

 

Nekteck Solar Lights Outdoor, 2 in 1 Outdoor Solar Spotlights with Activated Auto On/Off for Pathway, Walkway, Garden, Patio, Driveway, Ground, Yard,

These solar lights do not require a power source so they are excellent for uplighting garden sculptures. 

 

Pro Track Brushed Nickel 8" High Accent Uplight - Pro Track

Uplights are excellent for highlighting sculptures in those dark corners. 

Marketing Holders Display Cube Pedestal Acrylic Clear Column Art Sculpture Lucite Stand 12" w x 12" d x 32" h

These pedestals are suitable for accent & flat-base  sculptures. It gives them an extra boost of height for display.

Marketing Holders 12"W x 12"D x 32”H Black Platform Display Box Art Sculpture Pedestal Collectible Cube Cover Trophy Trinket Acrylic Showcase Stand Expo Event Wedding Reception 5 Sided

These pedestals are suitable for accent & flat-base  sculptures. It gives them an extra boost of height for display.

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