Track lighting distance form walls


Old 12-02-05, 01:41 PM
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Track lighting distance form walls

I wanted to know if there was a formula or guide to the distance you put in track lighting from the wall you are light. I have a Gallery and want to ensure the artwork will not have glare off the glass.
Old 12-07-05, 08:27 PM
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I believe the Illlumination Engineering Society of North America(IES) may have some standards for your track lighting. I suggest visting their web site to see if you can find anything pertaining to your question. Visit the URL shown below.

There will be several factors to consider in your lighting design. Some are: distance, lumens/lamp, color temperature and color rendering index.

If you are displaying paintings in your gallery for extended periods of time, choose the type of lamp you use wisely since some lamps put out UV that can fade colors. Heat from lamps will also affect the art work as well. Art museums are very sensitive to this issue, so you may want to contact one to see what brand and type of lamp they are using. You may consider using low voltage lighting in this application using MR Halogen type lamps. They put out tons of great light, offer great lighting control on the object(s), don't put out nearly as much heat into the room to mention a few. But, they may have a higher first cost depending on brand and quality.

The second link below will provide information on gallery/museum lighting that goes into depth about color fading, etc. There are tons of other web sites that will provide the siminlar information.

Also, GE Lighting use to have an excellent web site devoted to lighting design.
I've provided a link to GE that may be of some help

Anyway, these are just suggestions since gallery lighting is not my expertise. Other lighting professionals may suggest different things that are better suited to your needs. At least it will be food for thought.

GE Lighting

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