Taking It Light
Don't get stressed about spending tons of extra cash
on your lighting.  Happily for all of us, there are great
options for lighting the art in our homes without breaking
the bank.  Chances are you home is equipped w i t h
incandescent lighting. Incandescent bulbs put out light
in a fairly open and wide angle. Many times people will find
this to be a weak light for the colors of their art and then go
purchase halogen lights.
Halogen lighting is much stronger than incandescent
lighting but beginners have the tendency to over do it
and buy halogen floodlights. You will find by using high-
powered floodlights your artwork will start to take on a
whitish or grayish cast. If the wattage on the bulb is too
high for the artwork you'll see a bleached out or faded
Galleries who pay attention to their lighting will be
very specific about how their lights are set and will make
sure the lighting effect is one economically and
readily duplicated in the home environment.  Most
galleries will use halogen spotlights, with bulbs listed as
9-degree or 12-degree spots, no more than this. They
will also never use bulbs past 50 watts and w i l l
normally use 35-watt bulbs, which yield a warm golden
In most cases one halogen spot is enough to
illuminate a painting, if the piece exceeds 50 inches in length
you may want to use 2 bulbs.  Good lighting is not
expensive, the bulbs you want are par 30, this is the size
of the bulb, halogen spot which is the type of bulb, 9
degree or 12 degree being the narrowness of the spot,
and of course 50 watt being the intensity of the bulb.