My clients include Architects, Interior Designers, IALD Lighting Designers and individuals seeking expert guidance to light their cherished artwork or to give assistance on a project that they are designing.
I realized tonight that I must be the "Real Art Lighting Expert" because other art lighting web sites (some that sell different picture lights), claim that I am the "Art Lighting Expert".
www.COCOWEB.COM - 5 Art Lighting Tips from Expert David Munson
Sorry but they took a real interview and change the truth a bit as I never talked to them or gave them permission to use my name, besides that... They sell terrible lights.
I think they stole the article from a "real" art site www.Saachairt.com that interviewed me.
5 Tips from Art Lighting Expert, David Munson
"David Munson is one of the foremost authorities on fine art lighting. After inventing and founding Fine Art Light™ in 1998, Munson has lit treasured original artworks in private collections, museums, galleries and public spaces like Carnegie Hall. His patented painting-specific lights use special UV filters, heat diffusion and carefully calibrated beams to illuminate oil paintings, pastels and even photographs safely, while providing even light from top to bottom."
Sorry, I got off track.....Here is a small example of the difference in architecture and Art Lighting.
A few years back I got a request for a "US10B Satin Bronze" art light for a Microsoft residence.
I asked "What color is the frame of the painting?"
The answer was "24K Gold Guilt" I told him "If you put a US10B Bronze light, on a gold frame, it will look like a tootsie roll or a turd. "I then asked "Are you trying to match the door hardware?" The architect then said "but that's our metal finish!"
I then asked "If my light was made or paper machete, What color would you want me to paint it? "
Long pause on the phone call. I then told him "I paint the housings the same color of the frame so they blend in and not stand out."
I also get a lot of requests where they want all of the lights to match. I then ask "Do all of the frames match?" The reply is always "Of course not". I then sometimes give them a smart ass question back, "have you considered re-framing them all to match?" They then understand that the light should match the frame color.
Over the past 49 years, I have designed hundreds Architectural Art Lighting solutions for public and private museums, commercial and residential projects that did not use my "Fine Art Light".
I have lots of experience with recessed solutions, such as accent lights, wall washers, and various framing projectors. I also very well versed in selecting track lighting heads that actually work for art with the proper filters and have even designed architectural beams and coves to hide track systems.
I have also seen hundred of projects that were disasters and could have been prevented if someone would have asked the right questions.
I can also advise you on lots of subjects other than lighting also. Such as "Hanging Hardware", "Non Glare Glass", "UV Glass", "Window Tinting" and many other non lighting questions. I have many friends in the art business that can answer the questions that I can't answer.
Even if you are not going to use my products call me. I will give a free 5 minute review on any art related questions you have.
Call me and say the following words...."I'm calling for your 5 minute review"
Or ..... I have the following Question...
How do I light my paintings in very tall ceilings?
How do I light my very tall artwork?
What do you know about Non Glare Glass for my watercolors?
How do I protect my paintings from daylight?
What about window tinting to prevent fading from the sun?
What is "Blue Light Hazard" ?
How do I light my brass wall awards to prevent reflections?
I have a mirror with a beautiful frame, Can you light that and not have reflections?
How do I light a tapestry? Quilt? Flags?
What color should I paint my walls to make my art stand out?