Lighting Guide


Hanging paintings correctly is very important.

A painting should hang away from the wall ( at the top ) by 1 - 2 inches. This is to ensure that dust in the air does not settle on the canvas.

On old paintings corks from wine bottles were glued to the back of the frame at the top.

This also reduces the reflection from windows and lights.

In the 18th and 19th century ( before picture lights ) frames were designed to reduce dust settlement and the ornate additions and angles were to help throw light across the canvas. Gilding enhanced this effect.

Battery Lights

Hogarth L.E.D. lights with our Battery option is the only viable product on the market today. Our Battery option emits the same standard of illumination as a 240v light.

Wiring for Lights

The best solution for lighting paintings is to have the electric available behind the painting/s in a recess box.

This is normally installed by an electrician. A plug can be fitted or hard wired into the box.

The switch for the lighting can be by the entrance door.

Light Source

Hogarths L.E.D. option is the ultimate fine art lighting solution. Giving a warm light with zero U.V. and HEAT

Incandescent and Halogen light emit some U.V. and in some cases heat - it is not advisable to use these types of bulbs for fine art.


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  • Mr. Robert Hogarth
  • Birchen Reeds
  • Charles Hill
  • Tilford
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Museum Certified All variations of our light are certified as meeting the stringent CIBSE (museum lighting guide) with zero heat and UV output onto the canvas. UK Patent No 0001477.9. US Patent No 09/764818