By Dorothy from Portland, Oregon on December 16, 2012
We are considering this fixture to spotlight a recently purchased forest landscape painting with an outside frame size of 50 1/2 (horizontal) X 40 1/2 inches (vertical). The oil painting itself measures 39 1/2 X 29 1/2 inches. What would be your recommendation for the type of lighting that would be most ideal for illuminating this size and style of oil painting? While on display the painting had a track light directed mostly at the sky area, but nicely picked up the golds/yellows that were on the ground. The lighting sold the painting. This oil will be displayed above a dining room buffet that is still on order. It will be the centerpiece of the dining room area which is somewhat small. We have read several of your online articles pertaining to lighting of artwork.
By Jacob from Pegasus Lighting on December 17, 2012
Answer:These lights would be great for illuminating this beautiful picture. I would recommend using 2 fixtures since it's especially large (see the second image we show on the product page).
By Mike Reiff from Houston, Texas on September 8, 2012
I need the plug/socket cord that goes from the bulb into the box, does this piece exist to order ? I need 7 of them.
By Jacob from Pegasus Lighting on September 10, 2012
Answer:Mike, I'm sorry, we do not carry the socket
By Raul from Texas on December 31, 2012
Hello, I am considering using a pair of these lights to provide accent lighting for a pair of oil paintings in my house. I was considering them primarily for their adjustability in directing the light, but other than this would you say there is any other difference in accent lighting quality over a line voltage eyeball light? I would be using a dimmer switch either way and the lights would be a new construction addition in my ceiling, there are no present lights there. Also would you say 50W bulbs would be sufficient or if there is a better brand/style of mr16 bulb for my purpose?
By Chris from Pegasus Lighting on December 31, 2012
I use these very lights in my house in the exact same manner you want to. I use them as accent lighting to light artwork on my wall. Our company president also uses these fixtures in this manner. They are awesome for this kind of situation.
You could also use a line voltage eyeball light. Using an eyeball over this adjustable elbow is more an aesthetic choice than anything else. Both would serve your purpose. Halogen lighting in general provides a crisp, white light. I don't think that there is any real difference in light quality between the two fixtures.
I use 50W lamps in my adjustable trims and I feel they are quite sufficient. Again, using these fixtures to light artwork on the wall is a great use. I love mine!
By Raul from Texas on December 31, 2012
Thank you for your answers, I have a follow up regarding the mr-16 bulbs since you guys have personal experiences with these lights. I've used SoLux bulbs before and was interested if you have any recommendation of what type of spread would be best for accent lighting, a narrow flood, flood, etc. Also do you any particular color temperature preference? Thanks again!
By Jacob from Pegasus Lighting on January 1, 2013
Of the SoLux MR16 light bulbs, I would recommend the 3500K, which is a neutral white. For the beam spread, I would recommend a flood light bulb if you are accenting a relatively large piece of artwork.
By Mrs. Jackie Brosnihan from Grafton, Massachusetts on April 13, 2013
What is the size necessary in the ceiling to house this unit? We are redoing our entire living room and I have a large old oil painting that will go in an alcove. I am fairly sure we will need 2 of them due to the painting size. How far away from the painting should they be and how far apart should they be? Thanks for your help. This is a great website to assist we artwork lighting.
By Jacob from Pegasus Lighting on April 15, 2013
Answer:The ideal distance apart and the distance from the painting will depend upon the light bulb beam spread and wattage you intend to use as well as the lighting effect you desire. I would strongly suggest testing out the lights in the space before you complete the install.
There are several different housings to choose from, so the space needed will depend upon the housing you select.
If I assume that you will use the remodel housing, then these dimensions should give you an idea of the space required. View more detailed info on the housing page.
5.75in high x 4-7/8in wide x 14.5in long
By Peter from Seattle, Washington on January 23, 2013
Does it matter whether or not the lamps (MR16 light bulbs) are open or if they have protective glass? I'm changing a bulb in one of my fixtures for the first time and the existing bulb is open.
By Bob from New Mexico on January 23, 2013
Answer:If the lamp has a protective glass front (most MR16 do), the instructions are to NOT put the supplied glass in the assembly. Use the supplied glass only if the bulb's halogen element is not protected.
This is a very well designed and well made lamp housing. Much better than most I have seen. Tilts and rotates very easily, yet stays in place once set.
By Greg from Ocean City, New Jersey on February 6, 2013
We want to illuminate a space 63" x 40" above the fireplace. There also is a 5" crown molding above this space to the ceiling. We tried a recessed lighting fixture in the ceiling at 21" from the wall, but the flood light caused a "hot spot" and didn't fill the space. When we moved the fixture to 60" from the wall, the top of the lighting beam illuminated just the lower half of the 63" x 40" space. The beam was wide enough, but not high enough, and I suspect that the recessed light, turned up at an angle into the housing, is a large part of the problem. Would an eyeball fixture solve this problem? Any other suggestions?
By Jacob from Pegasus Lighting on February 7, 2013
Answer:Yes, the eyeball adjustable trims are great for accenting items - see the application image on the page for a situation similar to yours. You can adjust the eyeballs to light the exact area you are wanting illuminated.