For larger pieces of artwork we recommend the use of plug-in art lights. Please see our Plug-in Art Lighting options by clicking: here
At Situ we obsess over art lighting, it’s what we do.
We’re a company built on innovation and leveraging the best of modern technologies to bring you closer to your artwork. That’s smaller fixtures with better performance; made of fine materials in Sarasota, FL USA.
There’s more to art lighting than making one product in different lengths.
We offer much more than the same light cut to different lengths you see elsewhere. Our product lines combine different technologies that make for specialized devices for different applications while prioritizing the smallest form factor possible. Let your artwork stay the center of attention. We review pictures and dimensions of client artwork daily to make recommendations so never hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-561-0492 or email us at [email protected]
Quality of Light.
Color Rendition Index (CRI).
The Color Rendition Index is a numerical measure of a light’s ability to display all colors as they would under natural sunlight (a maximum of 100).
Lower CRI (below 90) lighting provides muted or dull representation of color, most apparent in the orange and red wavelengths of visible light.
Put another way, CRI is a measure of a light’s ability to display colors accurately and vividly. A high CRI value (90+) will provide for vibrant, and crisp colors across the full visible spectrum. Your artwork deserves to be on display. All of our lights feature 93 – 95+ CRI values.
A quick note on claims of high CRI values on picture lights with tunable color.
Some art lighting manufacturers will make a 90+ CRI value claim on a product that also allows the user to select the color temperature. We would recommend asking the manufacturer at what color temperature you can expect the claimed CRI value and whether that CRI value will be consistent across the full beam of the art light. Often companies making these claims can do so on a technicality by cherry picking results across the color range and beam. We’ll let you talk to them about that!
All of our picture lights use 3,000k (CCT) LEDs with 93-95+ CRI values and are selected from the tightest LED bins available.
Legacy systems used 2,500 – 2,700k (CCT) temperatures to produce light with high color accuracy (CRI). The result is a very yellow or amber light unsuitable to many styles of artwork.
A correlated color temperature (CCT) of 3,000k is a more neutral light that when done properly (93-95+ CRI) provides crisp lighting perfect for artwork of various styles and color tones. LEDs are sometimes given a bad reputation for being too cool (blue) or too warm (yellow). We work closely with our suppliers to source LEDs fit to light your artwork.
Why Use LEDs for Art and Picture Lighting?
LEDs are better for your artwork.
Our LED picture lighting systems are UV safe, infrared safe, and transmit virtually no heat to your artwork.
Heat, UV and infrared light are often byproducts of legacy incandescent and halogen art lights. These three factors all greatly accelerate the decomposition of pigments (fading, cracking, and color shifts) and will even stain and age artwork substrates.
Pictured above is a painting with pigments beginning to break down and fade from exposure to heat and UV light
Energy efficient: Our LED art lights use a fraction of the energy required of incandescent and halogen picture lights.
Small form factor: LEDs are the heart of our designs and products. Our optical and physical designs wouldn’t be possible without the small size and controllability of LEDs.
Longer lasting than incandescent or halogen lights: All of our LEDs are rated for 50,000 hours of use. That’s 27+ years of use at 5 hours a day.