Plug-In Picture Lights

Plug In Picture Lights

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Most lighting for artwork is of this type - many times the plug and wire can be concealed behind the picture frame itself if there is a recessed outlet built into the wall. Alternatively people often paint or conceal the wire as it extends down from behind the frame to an outlet lower down on the wall. Frequently furniture or even conduit conceals the wire perfectly. The illumined art work being highlighted more often than not draws attention away from the wire regardless. See our video on electrification of picture lights for more information.

Accent lighting for pictures takes your artwork to a whole new level - you are formalizing your room with specialized lighting. Small picture lights for small pictures can make a big statement. From the striking Advent Gemini line (which uses halogen bulbs) to the traditional Advent or the Advent Profile halogen line, plug-in lighting for picture frames comes in all shapes, finishes and sizes.

Other plug-in lamps, like our Concept halogen picture lights, are remote controlled and have finely tunable dimmers. The museum quality halogen lighting provided by the Concept picture lights illuminates artwork up to 60 inches wide due to its unique spotlight shaped design and highly adjustable positioning system.

Our House of Troy Slim-Line lamps, a contemporary line, are available in both direct-wire versions and plug-in styles. The Hyde Park line, a more traditional style with arched and angled arms holding the shade out from the picture frame, is exclusively a plug-in.

When it comes to bulbs, the plug-in type of lamp supports many different kinds, LED, incandescent and halogen. Also there is a brand new technology, cold cathode fluorescent or CCFL, which is UV safe and heat free while it provides a perfectly color balanced museum quality light; these bulbs are used in Concept's Slimline remote control plug-in light. If you know you need a plug-in light you have many options when it comes to finding your best lighting for artwork.


Plug-in picture lights have a polarized plug and can be used with some smart plug technology.  While classic incandescent art light is still around, there are more and more styles that work with LED picture light bulbs (specialty replacements).  Naturally, an led light would not be considered a good candidate as an art light unless the light it produced was comparable in many technical ways to the incandescent bults they are replacing.  In the cast of the led picture lights made by House of Troy, their LED light is calibrated at 2700Kelvin, which is the warm color temperature that we are most comfortable with from regular incandescent light bulbs.  

If you can possibly get a plug or an outlet to the wall you want a light for, it is almost always worth the wiring for an art light.  Homes with art and art lighting or display light fixtures have so much more possibility for creativity and visual appeal.  Rooms with focal points like art centric features can be enhanced with track and pendant light as well as wall lighting or bookshelf display lights.    

Plug in picture light options can be used in multiple rooms, or they might be moved from artwork to artwork over time as your display collection changes and grows.  And just as you keep adding art you love to your home, so you will find need for more new art lighting fixtures.  

For illumination of artwork a plug-in light fixture is far superior to any battery-operated picture light, although battery options are always more handy when traveling, as for trade shows, and then a battery pack and battery led picture lighting can often save the day and help avoid trade show