Illumination of paintings and pictures

Wide-area wall lighting

When illuminating pictures and paintings, the object and room lighting must first be coordinated. If the exhibition area is uniformly brightly illuminated, it has a particularly calm and neutral effect on the viewer. In addition, individual exhibition zones can be visually demarcated from one another, intuitively guiding the visitor through the spaces. Wide-area wall-washing creates optical spatial depth by lifting the foreground from the background. Wall lighting with a soft, arcing beam crafts arcades of light that frame any work of art.

Accent lighting for pictures

An exciting spatial situation is created when paintings are illuminated more brightly than their surroundings. The effect is noticeable from a brightness difference of 1:20 and can be further intensified by narrow beam angles. This is used, for example, for illuminating vernissages to bring selected objects into focus. For flexible, accentuated illumination of pictures and paintings, tracks with adaptable spotlights are the best choice as they can always be adjusted for new exhibition conditions. Rotating and swivelling downlights offer an unobtrusive and energy-efficient lighting solution for permanent exhibitions.

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Inspirations for the lighting of paintings and pictures

Ob für Museen, Galerien oder Ausstellungen, lassen Sie sich von den Lichtlösungen für die perfekte Darstellung historischer Gemälde oder moderner Exponate inspirieren.

Products for the lighting of paintings and pictures


basic recessed


colour tune / tunable white


wallwasher track



The right staging

A painting's effect can be influenced by the light beam's angle. Linear wall-washers craft a homogeneous overall appearance, while different beam angles create a sense of emphasis. Spotlights with wide flood optics (58°) cover an area of 4.5 m diameter at an illumination distance of 4 m – ideal for large works of art. Flood optics (~39°) stage medium-sized paintings and sculptures. Narrow-beam optics (from 24°) are recommended for larger illumination distances or for small exhibits. The combination of wide-beam optics with spotlights or superspots (between 12° and 6°) crafts a dynamic presentation that brings the viewer closer to individual details. Luminaires whose beam angle can be flexibly adjusted directly on the luminaire itself are ideal when focussing on individual pictures.

Precise and variable


PABLO is open to change. The spotlights can be mounted and moved along the busbars without tools. The spotlight head can be turned, swivelled, and fixed in the desired position almost entirely at will.

PABLO illuminates precisely and remains adjustable after installation. PABLO Focus's variable beam angle of between 17° and 47° tailors it to the object, correctly displaying historical and modern works of art. PABLO's Dim Poti has a manual dimming function directly on the spotlight head – for brightness that can be set on-site, optimally matched to the object, the ambient light, and the desired mood.

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Fresh colour for historical art

PABLO Colour Tune

PABLO Colour Tune was developed to revitalise historical art, which is particularly worthy of protection, while remaining faithful to the original. An increased, individually adjustable red-blue saturation compensates for time-related colour damage – purely through the illumination. To this end, experts calculate the extent of fading caused by bad lighting. Then the correct light setting can be easily controlled and adjusted via DALI or Zigbee. This fine-tuning gently revives the original colours of a work of art.

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