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How to choose art lights make paintings look beautiful?

When you hang a painting in a room, the way you choose the lighting and the way the light illuminates the painting will greatly affect the impression of the painting.

The human eye is sensitive to the color of light.
A little creative lighting can create a space that brings out the best in your paintings.

What kind of lighting should I choose?
How should I light the paintings to make them look beautiful?

Are you concerned about these questions?
This article explains how to select and illuminate lighting that will bring out the best in your paintings.

☑ Article Flow

  • How to choose lighting – the difference between fluorescent, incandescent, and LED
  • How to light a painting – tips for lighting up
  • Viewing a painting in a room with sunlight

How to choose lighting for paintings?

Living room with a light bulb table lamp illuminating a painting

Fluorescent, incandescent, and LED are the most common types of lighting.

Depending on the type of lighting, there are various colors of light, from white light similar to sunlight, to warm orange light, to bluish light.

When choosing lighting, choose a color close to sunlight or a warm orange light if you want a relaxing place to view paintings in a good atmosphere.

Fluorescent light, incandescent light, and LED have different colors of light for each type of lighting, and each has its own unique characteristic.

The following is an explanation of how to use fluorescent lamps, incandescent bulbs, and LEDs when displaying paintings.

fluorescent light

When you illuminate a painting with fluorescent light, the color will be like that of clear, daytime sunlight.
The colors of the picture tend to look cooler, so cool or clear pictures are more likely to look beautiful.

Fluorescent lamps come in three types: daylight (D), which has a bluish light, daylight white (N), which is similar to the color of sunlight, and light bulb (EL), which has an orange tinge like an incandescent bulb.

To make a room interior picture look beautiful, we recommend daylight white and warm bulb color, which allow viewing in colors close to the original color of the picture.

Daylight color is the lighting you want to use if you want to work at a desk, as it is the color of light that makes it easier to concentrate, as in an office.

incandescent light bulbs

Incandescent bulbs look a bit retro nowadays.
The light has a warm orange color, so it brings out the warm, calm, and fuzzy pictures.

Incandescent bulbs are not too bright and have less blue light than fluorescent or LED bulbs, so they are easy on the eyes.

To get a good night’s sleep, we recommend that you view paintings under incandescent bulbs during the relaxing hours before bed.


LEDs have strong blue light, so the light tends to feel strong to the eyes.

If you choose a product that cuts out the blue light portion, you will be able to view the painting more easily with colors closer to natural light.

How to light a painting – Tips on how to light up a painting

A museum exhibit with spotlights shining on paintings from the ceiling.

Here are some tips on how to light a painting.
Once you understand how to light up a painting, you will be able to display it in a way that brings out the best in it.

Spotlighting from the ceiling

The most common method used in museums and galleries is to shine a spotlight from the ceiling.

The bright light shines on the painting, allowing the viewer to see the painting clearly regardless of the brightness of the room.
This method is especially recommended for living rooms, hallways, and entrance spaces with subdued brightness.

To ensure that light falls on the painting, a spotlight is installed on the ceiling.

To install a spotlight in the ceiling, a wiring fixture (ceiling) dedicated to the lighting fixture that can supply electricity must be installed. If not, electrical work will be required, so check carefully before purchasing spotlights.

Downlighting from the ceiling

Downlights embedded in the ceiling can be used to illuminate paintings and walls from the ceiling.

Downlights are commonly used lighting fixtures to illuminate paintings.
Since they are embedded in the ceiling, they create a clean interior.

Downlights must be installed in new construction.
If the house is already completed, electrical work is required to install them.

Living room with ceiling downlight illuminating a painting

Indirect lighting from the side

Indirect lighting is a method in which the light does not shine directly into the eyes, but gently illuminate from the wall or light fixture.

Since the light is not too strong, it is relaxing to look at it at night, and the light can be harmonized with the surroundings even in calmly lit areas.

We recommend that you use this method especially for bedrooms where you want to relax, and living rooms that are not too bright.

When installing lighting fixtures directly on the wall, electrical work is required if there is no outlet on the wall.
However, if the work is done after the house is completed, the electrical wiring will be visible in the room.

If you place a floor stand in a room that you can use without wall mounting, you can view a painting with indirect lighting without electrical work.

Viewing with room light

If the room has a certain amount of light, you can view the painting beautifully with only room light.

Perhaps the place where you want to display the painting has enough light without installing a new lighting fixture.
Take the painting to the place where you want to hang it and check the brightness of the room.

Viewing a painting in a room with sunlight

Hang art in a room with sunlight.

If you are in a room with natural sunlight, take advantage of the brightness of the sunlight.

When you look at a painting in a room with sunlight, the original color of the painting will stand out and look very beautiful.

Your favorite paintings should also be displayed as interior decorations.
We explains how to decorate paintings in different rooms in How to decorate your home with your favorite artwork. Please take a look.