Traditional / Classic Picture Lights

Traditional/Classic Picture Lights

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This 16” classic style picture light, the pin-up version of the DC, the C-style shade is has the same diameter as the Traditional style (T-style) lamps, but with a more symmetric profile (compare profiles of the shades in schematics below)

The stunning DC9-61 is a direct wired Classic Style with a 9” shade in a gleaming polished brass finish. Classic lights for small artwork should be about half the width of the painting, not including the frame or matting.

Traditional LED Art light looks exactly like a regular T style picture light, but you will never need to change the bulbs, for the LED array lasts for about 30,000 hours of use. Museum quality LED lighting at its finest. (Call us, we have a special offer on this particular TLED14-51 in Satin Brass, the offer is for 30% off the regular price, only one is available at the special price, ask for PHP-TLED Special).

BTLED14-1. This classic LED battery light for medium size art is hand made by artisans in Vermont, the lamp is hand cut, hand shaped and hand painted. It runs on batteries, but looks like it is built into your wall. Perfect for lighting medium sized art, the 14” shade will light paintings from 20” to 28” wide.

High quality classic picture lights for artwork add polish and finish to the art and photographs in your home. We carry many varieties of traditional picture lighting; House of Troy classic picture lighting styles include the Advent line, the Richardson Reflector line and Hyde Park lines. As well, obviously, the traditional picture lighting style that is known as the “T” style, or Traditional Style, is the foundation of the entire House of Troy classic picture lighting collection. Within this category you can find classic picture lights for artwork that are direct-wire or plug-in or battery operated.

Our traditional picture lights for wall art are available in a variety of finishes Gold, Bronze, Pewter, Satin Brass, Statuary Brass, Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Weathered Brass or Mahogany Bronze. Each lamp is assembled by hand using a 25-step process. Since the 1940's these lamps have been crafted in Vermont to the highest standards of quality, beauty and technical excellence. Precisely adjustable to provide light exactly as you wish it, the traditional lamp shades stand out from your picture on horizontal arms you can adjust from 5 to 7 inches. Each shade has a ball swivel joint so it can be set at the perfect angle.

Classic gold picture lights come in a variety of sizes to stretch across gold finished frames of any length - T14-1 (14" Classic Gold Picture Light), T14-51 (14" Classic Satin Brass Picture Light) are celebrated models in this category. Other high end styles, like T14-81, the Classic 14" Mahogany Bronze Picture Light are best sellers whose premium quality finishes can complement a wide variety of frames and room decor.

We have come to realize that the customer who desires a traditional home décor appreciates the differences afforded by the Hyde Park and Richardson Reflector variations on the Traditional style. Each lamp utilizes the same classic picture lights shade as the traditional picture lights, but the Hyde Park has an elegant swan neck mounting that extends higher above the frame and further out from the wall than traditional picture lights 'T' style. Additionally a classic antique style turn key with a unique chunky square head creates profile interest in the HP style, unlike any other of the picture lights in the classic picture lights collection.

For homes which require a picture light to come much farther from the wall than the T style allows, the Richardson Reflector style is the answer. Call our friendly customer service department 800-792-4457 to discuss how aspects of your paintings, such as frame height, frame depth, wall height and painting size and /or access to electricity affect your picture lighting choices.

When the evening light dims, traditional lighting casts warm mellow light on the art in the room.   Light can maximize your enjoyment of your favorite artwork; the colors are rendered most distinctly by art light fixtures that emit light rated at 2700K (Kelvin) and 90+ CRI.  

Traditional lighting that can be task lights often include technical features such as length extensions on the arms, and swivels at the shade joints.  Other lamps technical features can include updated and more compact drivers, higher quality LED arrays that have more functionality like dimmability, and shades that might have diffusers when there are no bulbs that need to be changed.

While the notion of traditional lighting sounds old fashioned, when you shop for lighting the traditional styles are just as modern and high tech as the most modern designs you can imagine.  Just because lamps fit into your classic style home does not mean that the latest technology isn’t on the shop list.  So the TLEDZ styles are the exact same on the outside as the Traditional T-Style lamp that has sold well for over eighty years in it’s original style.  Updated with a 2700K LEDZ array that is not only dimmable, but does NOT have a visible transformer anywhere, including the plug end.  No, the TLEDZ style looks the same in profile, materials, plug with 8 ft cord and hi/lo click switch.  It does have a frosted diffuser over the shade since you don’t need to change the bulbs on this lamp, ever.  This lamp is astonishing in satin nickel which is a plated finish.  

Light fixtures that are beautiful in design are prized by décor designers for the fine finishing touch they add to a home.   For a lamp that featured details from a historic era, check out The Steamer collection of lamps which includes mixed metal finishes as design elements.  These finishes and designs recall the Victorian steamer trunk with a rivet border on the shade ends.  

Most homes use lamps for layering light and staging an area to show off.  Staged settings usually includes art or memorabilia, framed and lit for drawing the eye to the display.  Most often these scenes are posed around an architectural feature like a corner or a mantel, shelves, or a window bay.  Often wainscotting, chair rails, or changes in wall texture or composition can be sites where staged lighting and décor can be the foundation for a mood or internal atmosphere.

When you shop for an art light it isn’t always for contemporary art, sometimes your attic vomits up some amazing stuff from an older era.  That’s when it comes time to find eclectic resources to build the tone for your new treasure.  Materials that are antique, like an heirloom quilt or an original velvet and satin lined coat of arms, should never be lit with anything other than the latest LEDZ technology which will protect the material while showing off it’s colors while eliminating UV rays and infrared rays.  These sort of dangers are not always thought about, but there are so many tragic cases of lost color, changed or faded photos that have not been properly treated with archival methods.  The last injury, light that is too harsh or too hot, can often be avoided with seemingly traditional lighting which is actually highly technical and contemporary in its lighting output.