Displaying art to perfection with ERCO Eclipse contour spotlight

ERCO presents the best of framing or lighting with the use of contours, through its Eclipse contour spotlight for galleries and museums.

by ERCOPublished on : Aug 15, 2021

Rembrandt's Girl in the Window in the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, or the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris: art masterpieces have always sparked fascination and cast a spell over the observer. This effect is caused by the artistic achievement itself but is also credited to how the work of art is displayed, which can be created in any exhibition with the use of light. Light opens art up to experience. The ideal lighting in museums or galleries – adapted to the exhibition concept – is exacting and discerning, as it contributes to how visitors perceive what they see. It might even be said that lighting art is an art in itself. Mastering this requires suitable lighting tools and approach to lighting product design.

  • Leonardo da Vinci/1452-1519, exhibition in the Palazzo Reale, Milan / Italy | ERCO | Eclipse| STIRworld
    Leonardo da Vinci/1452-1519, exhibition in the Palazzo Reale, Milan / Italy Image: Dirk Vogel
  • Flexible as never before: flood today, framing tomorrow: Exhibition concepts change, and thus also the demands made on the lighting. Be prepared for this and transform your Eclipse luminaire into a framer in next to no time. Simply replace the optic and change the light distribution from e.g. uniform flooding to framing | ERCO | Eclipse | STIRworld
    Flexible as never before: flood today, framing tomorrow: Exhibition concepts change, and thus also the demands made on the lighting. Be prepared for this and transform your Eclipse luminaire into a framer in next to no time. Simply replace the optic and change the light distribution from e.g. uniform flooding to framing Image: ©ERCO GmbH, www.erco.com
  • Osti Art Gallery, Taipei / Taiwan | ERCO | Eclipse | STIRworld
    Osti Art Gallery, Taipei / Taiwan Image: Jackie Chan

Curators and lighting designers define framing, or lighting with the use of contours, as sharply defined beams of light that precisely illuminate exhibits in galleries and museums. The background, usually the wall, remains in the dark, thus creating a beguiling and magical impression. Conventional contour spotlights only fulfil this single lighting task and are inflexible in further applications. ERCO has developed a solution for this conundrum with its Eclipse contour spotlight. Professional spotlights for galleries and museums feature the flexibility of changing the light distribution without tools. This means that in no time at all, a luminaire with framing functionality is transformed into a spotlight with round light distribution – and vice versa.

  • Contour spotlights from small to large: Find the right framer for both small and large works of art. With Eclipse, choose from three sizes with LED modules from 3W (279lm) up to 37W (3920lm). Eclipse 48V offers you the additional option of creating exciting framing effects with a miniaturised low voltage system | ERCO | Eclipse | STIRworld
    Contour spotlights from small to large: Find the right framer for both small and large works of art. With Eclipse, choose from three sizes with LED modules from 3W (279lm) up to 37W (3920lm). Eclipse 48V offers you the additional option of creating exciting framing effects with a miniaturised low voltage system. Image: ©ERCO GmbH, www.erco.com
  • You stay flexible: framing as an accessory: With Eclipse, the framing attachment is available both with the spotlight itself and as a separate accessory. This gives you unprecedented flexibility because you can simply transform any ERCO Eclipse spotlight into a fully-fledged accessory | ERCO | Eclipse | STIRworld
    You stay flexible: framing as an accessory: With Eclipse, the framing attachment is available both with the spotlight itself and as a separate accessory. This gives you unprecedented flexibility because you can simply transform any ERCO Eclipse spotlight into a fully-fledged accessory Image: ©ERCO GmbH, www.erco.com
  • An important detail: Light-tight housing. Framing only has a magical effect when the light source remains almost invisible and the artwork has the appearance of radiating from within. ERCO Eclipse contour spotlights have a closed, light-tight housing. In this way you avoid disturbing light reflections on the ceiling and direct the visitors' gaze to the work of art | ERCO | Eclipse | STIRworld
    An important detail: Light-tight housing. Framing only has a magical effect when the light source remains almost invisible and the artwork has the appearance of radiating from within. ERCO Eclipse contour spotlights have a closed, light-tight housing. In this way you avoid disturbing light reflections on the ceiling and direct the visitors' gaze to the work of art. Image: ©ERCO GmbH,www.erco.com

Framing – more flexible than ever before

Those responsible in galleries and museums have always felt the need for flexible exhibition lighting. Contemporary lighting designers on the other hand need the greatest possible planning security. Eclipse contour spotlights bring together these requirements. The advantages for users: 

-        Future-proof owing to interchangeable light distributions
-        Special light distributions for short and long distances
-        Perfect rendering of colours due to a wide selection of light spectra
-        Flexible use with tunable white and RGBW
-        Sizes and lumen packages to match the exhibit
-        Simple handling

The framing attachment is available with the spotlight itself and as a separate accessory. This simply transforms the Eclipse spotlight into a fully-fledged framer. Exhibition organisers can use two different light distributions: wide framing to illuminate large pictures from a short distance, and narrow framing for small pictures from a long distance. The double projection lens of the wide framing distribution generates a very small focal distance and thus a projection image up to three times larger than other contour spotlights.

01 min watch Matthew Cobham, Global Cluster Manager for Culture at ERCO presents the easy functionality of the framing works of ERCO’s Eclipse contour spotlight. Its innovative design methodology creates light effects that exude a sharp yet focused illumination, ideal for museums and galleries | ERCO | Eclipse| STIRworld
Matthew Cobham, Global Cluster Manager for Culture at ERCO presents the easy functionality of the framing works of ERCO’s Eclipse contour spotlight. Its innovative design methodology creates light effects that exude a sharp yet focused illumination, ideal for museums and galleries Video: ©ERCO GmbH,www.erco.com

The right framer for every exhibit

Even large works of art can be illuminated with just one or a few spotlights. Eclipse is available in three sizes with LED modules from 3W and 279lm up to 37W and 3920lm. The 48V version enables exciting framing effects to also be created with a miniaturised low voltage system. The track that has already been installed can simply be reused, with a distance to the wall of about one-third of the room height.

  • Arario Museum Dongmun Motel, Jeju / South Korea | ERCO | Eclipse | STIRworld
    Arario Museum Dongmun Motel, Jeju / South Korea Image: Sebastian Mayer
  • MARQ Museo Arqueológico de Alicante, Alicante / Spain | ERCO | Eclipse| STIRworld
    MARQ Museo Arqueológico de Alicante, Alicante / Spain Image: Sebastian Mayer
  • Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul / South Korea | ERCO | Eclipse| STIRworld
    Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul / South Korea Image: Sebastian Mayer

Completely new possibilities for displaying exhibitions

Perfect framing has never been so easy even at close range. With the size 'M' Eclipse contour spotlight, a picture with a width of 1.40m is easily illuminated from a distance of 2m. A high illuminance is achieved, while at the same time, less wattage and luminaires are required.

With tunable white, designers and curators can adapt the light spectrum to the exhibit. With RGBW, scenographic lighting concepts with up to 16 million colours can be created – and simply controlled with a smartphone via Bluetooth. Operating the slide controls is intuitive and allows square or rectangular lighting areas to be set with precision. The framing attachment can be infinitely adjusted with just one hand. Disturbing light reflections are completely avoided by the closed, light-tight housing of the Eclipse Framer.

Learn more about the new possibilities for the perfect display of paintings and discover the Eclipse contour spotlights:www.erco.com/framing

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