I'm building a display stand for a friend. She wants to use this stand for
a piece of blown glass. It will be approximately 12" X 12" x 44". The
construction will be wood, but the top will be glass. Here's my question.
She wants the art piece to be underlit. What would be an appropriate light
source to place in the stand (where there will be little to no venting). I
think a halogen would be way too hot. What about a Xenon puck light? Would
that be cool enough? Would a small flourescent (sp?) be a better choice?
Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any help
I don't envy you. Art and its presentation is 'different' to each
beholder! There is mood and all the other aspects that define the "_art_".
Do you have a view from your friend as what they are looking to see.
This is key. Different lighting means give different results and views
and might fit the piece or be way out. Changes are surprisingly
dramatic even to changing colour, hue and presentation.
I would be inclined to do a mock up even with cardboard and scraps of
glass to let them consider the various results. Take that input into
your design and deal with venting depending on that choice.
There is the temptation to let technology drive the construction and
overlook the appearance aspect in favour of dealing with cooling etc.
But, knowing the desired result, you can now design toward the end
result within that huge range of choices going from the lowly
incandescent through LED or to FibreOptic.
Incandescent lamps often do the job in homes in closed fixtures. I
think here you are likely looking at a low power need and that might
even be made to work as incandescent if the result matches. The art
effect is likely key.
I recently installed a switched outlet inside a kitchen
pantry, with a rope light plugged in and draped around the inside top
and sides of the door frame for lighting. For a full-height pantry
(not a "walk-in") that had no interior lighting, it's a huge
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