Direct Wire Picture Lights, Also Known as Hardwire Art Lighting

Hardwire Art Lighting

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DT36-61 This elegant 36” wide fixture is polished brass Hardwire Art Lighting at its finest. For large paintings up to 70” wide, the traditional shade is supported by three arms and a substantial rectangular backplate. Make sure to have your electrician install it on a dimmer switch for optimum control of your picture lighting.

 Distinctive hooping arms elevate the profile of this DXL36 curved arm direct wire art light.

Other options include the direct wire slim line picture lights. They have flatter, more angular arms than the XL style. This DSL36-51 features a 36” wide shade in satin brass finish. The DSL style modern direct wire picture lights come in many sizes and many beautiful House of Troy finishes. If you want it made in a finish it is not standardly produced in, just call us at 800-792-4457 to ask about custom finish options for the DSL style.

 DT24-81 A traditional style shade in mahogany bronze makes this direct wire traditional art lighting unforgettable in any formal setting.

DSLED14-71 another option is the 14” slim line mounted picture light in antique brass or 7 other fine House of Troy finishes. DSL or DSLED look like the same style, but DSL is incandescent, and DSLED features an LED array.

Remarkably well designed, our many styles of direct-wire picture lights are styled in a traditional as well as two stunning modern styles: contemporary and Slim-Line. Depending on the style, direct wire picture lights use either fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. Of course they are available in many fine finishes including Polished or Antique Brass, Oil Rubbed or Mahogany Bronze, Satin Nickel or Chrome.

When wired directly into the wall a picture light establishes a presence in the room that is undeniable and conveys a sense of permanence, assurance and confidence. Our House of Troy direct wired Traditional picture lamps mount to standard 2" x 4" or 4" x 4" octagonal electrical junction boxes. Best thing about a direct wire is there are no wires whatsoever in sight.

Many hotels, concert halls, museums and office buildings rely on direct wire picture lighting not only to illuminate their framed artwork, portraits, menus or signage, but also to unobtrusively light up hallways, corners and other areas. Another advantage to the permanence of direct wire lighting is its relative security, stability and immobility.

The House of Troy Direct Wire Contemporary style (such as our popular DC9-62 directwire contemporary 9" in chrome) has a sleek modern line that is more pronounced and rectilinear than the Slim-Line style. Seamless end caps are one sign of the flawless craftsmanship throughout. You can purchase this style in two different versions - one that supports fluorescent bulbs, or the one that uses incandescent.

House of Troy Slim-Line lighting is a category unto itself. One of our outstanding best selling Slim-Lines is DSL14-52 - the Direct Wire Slim-Line 14" Shade in Satin Nickel, with a 2 3/4" x 4 ?" backplate and 7 ? inch stationary horizontal arm extension. The stunningly slim light shade seems to float exactly in front of and above the frame, swiveling at a touch to direct the light. The slender 14" tube shade holds 2 specialized T4' -- 15-watt incandescent bulbs with candelabra base and clear finish. Other, longer, Direct Wire Slim-Line models use more bulbs depending on length of the shade (they can be up to 36 inches long and use six T4 bulbs).

The Direct Wire Traditional Lamp features 7-1/2" arms with smoothly operating swivel joints to allow incremental shade swiveling to target light precisely. The Switch is a small turn-knob located on the backplate. Backplates are proportionally designed depending on the length of the shade, so for example the DT36 style (Direct Wire Traditional with a 36-inch long shade) has a backplate that is 4 inches tall and 26 inches long, with 3 slender 7.5 inch arms securely anchoring the elegant 36 inch shade. Each shade also features a polished metal reflector and seamless end caps to create a sleek look. A long shade like this is mounted with five T10 bulbs, each up to 40 watts. So a picture up to 60 inches wide will be illuminated with 200 watts of incandescent light, plenty of light for a painting of such imposing size. Some of our direct wire models can be made to order in custom sizes, but the standard sizes run the gamut from 4" to 36".


  • Slim Line
  • Horizon
  • Halo
  • Mendon
  • Zenith
  • Guilford
  • Advent
  • Ultra Slim Line
  • Ultra Wide
  • XL
  • Hyde Park
  • Oxford
  • Steamer
  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Richardson
  • Advent
  • Mantle
  • Spot Light
  • Library / Bookcase

Power Source

  • Direct Wire
  • Plug In
  • Battery

Light Type

  • Incandescent
  • LED
  • Fluorescent


  • Black
  • Bronze
  • Nickel /Pewter
  • Chrome
  • Gold
  • Antique Brass
  • Satin Brass
  • Other Brass
  • White
  • Mixed Metals

Size of Shade

  • 4"-11"
  • 12"-21"
  • 22"-30"
  • 31"-49"
  • 50"

Bulbs & Brackets

  • Bulbs
  • Brackets