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Out and About Precision Lighting Hampton Court Palace Surrey, UK


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Painting with Precision


When working with artworks that are precious pieces of history, as is the case in most museums and galleries, it can be extremely difficult to work out the appropriate action to take with regards to lighting. On the one hand, lighting poses a potential threat to artworks if used incorrectly, but equally it is essential that wonderful works of art can be fully appreciated. The answer lies in treading carefully and selecting the right products for the job. Fixtures from Precision Lighting have


proven to be the right solution for illuminating permanent and temporary exhibits at Hampton Court Palace. A total of 21 of Precision Lighting’s lockable Pico 1 LED spotlights have been used in an


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Precision Lighting helps to put art in perspective at Hampton Court Palace.


installation in the Palace’s Haunted Gallery. The fixture’s combination of size, output and flexibility meant that they were ideal for lighting the selection of world famous paintings on display in the gallery, including Cornelis Ketel’s Giant Porter, which dates from 1580. This follows a purchase of more than 100 single LED Pico 1 spotlights for various exhibitions including a recent display titled ‘The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned’.


Because the display is an opportunity to


see incredible works of art, it is important that the fixtures are unobtrusive so as not to prove distracting, whilst still providing a good illumination of the pieces. “The traditional problem with lighting paintings is glare, because the lighting is


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Precision Lighting T: +44 (0) 208 947 6616 www.precisionlighting.co.uk


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usually from above and bounces down,” says Mark Thomas, of exhibition supplier Protean. “The compact design of the Pico 1 enabled us to position the lighting upwards to solve this and fine-tune the installation to create the best possible viewing conditions. We chose Precision’s Pico 1 because we could easily change between narrow and wide spot even when they were already installed and because they could be locked in position once focused”.


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