My wife just finished he first glass painting.
I have the responsibility of hanging it and give it proper lighting. I
wanted to know what is the best way to use the light. I wanted to light
it from behind as that gives the best effect.
Can anyone please tell me what my options are? (using fewer wires)
Thanks much for your time.
If you are going to light it from behind, then obviously the painting was
done with no overlaps and is not traditional painting or reverse painting on
glass. Therefore it is something like stained glass where each color is
separate. If you can not hang it in a window, then I would suggest making a
frame to hold it clear from the wall which will also hold a small halogen
light (MR50 for example) that will shine on the white wall behind the glass.
I need your knowledge in lighting traditional painting. I need insert some
leaded SG in boxes, to expose their in a little church (deconsecrated) but
very very dark.
Can you suggest me some ways to make a good work? overall regarding the
choice about electrical parts.
Best regards to you and DNA.
Filippo from Italy
You are right in the assumption that it is not a traditional painting.
(I am new to this so sorry for any confusing words). In fact, it is a
"painting" of separate glass pieces (the bulk of the skill and work
needed in cutting the glass in the exact shape and gluing the pieces
I am trying to find MR50 halogen light on the web. I am also inclined
towards some battery operated light (to be used whenever guests are
over etc :) ) cause I fear the wiring to the frame might affect the
I hope lamps like these will give a uniform light behind the painting
and the light is not concentrated at the source.
Can you please let me know where I can find such a light source or
Appreciate your time and help.
An MR50 is a small (2") reflector lamp that runs off of 12 VDC and usually
is run off a transformer. You have seen them in store displays. They come
as floods, narrow floods, spots, etc. Hardware stores may have them with
sockets, etc., or you may have to go to a lighting supply or store display
store. While in theory you can run them off batteries, they pull 35-65
watts, which is (about) 3 to 5 amps per bulb which will quickly drain
anything but an automobile style battery.
The lighting that will run off batteries is rather dim (think of a
flashlight bulb without the reflector) and will kill a set of batteries in
an evening. In your setting, it might work visually, at the cost of several
dollars worth of batteries a night. You should be able to buy sockets for
bulbs at a good hardware store or Radio Shack. You might also look at the
battery lighting setups for the village buildings like Department 56.
I think you would be better off planning neat wiring, perhaps using the
concealing tube sold for the purpose for paintings. You then might consider
low voltage lamps like those used for walkway and garden lighting, which run
The obvious answer is low voltage wiring, because the dimness of the
place. But in your first sentence you say painting and in the second leaded
SG. Are you lighting paintings (from the front) or Stained glass (from the
back) or a mix of both (? Paintings in stained glass frames ?)
That's true of incandescent lighting, but there are lots of new LED-based
products coming onto the market now that might be able to manage a longer
time from a set of batteries. I wouldn't buy such a thing ready-made,
though, so I can't provide any useful sources unless you want to buy bare
LEDs and build your own.
I make both: some are all painted and somes are painted and framed by
stained glass, but always leaded.
Don't look at my sentences nearby: I was not a good student in
One thing you can do to find more information is to search on Google for
"white LED backlight". I haven't done that search myself, though. if I
were making such a thing I'd buy a handful of white LEDs from someone like
Chi Wing (
) and do the wiringmyself for a result like the one Mike described, using a white wall for diffusion.
Another option for low cost and high brightness that can be run off of
batteries (but not for more than a few hours) would be CCFLs (Cold Cathode
Fluorescent Lamps) as are used by various computer case mod enthusiasts
and in LCD display backlights for laptops and such. Again, if I were
doing such a thing I'd probably just buy the components from an electronic
parts wholesaler and assemble my own, but I don't recommend that with
CCFLs (CCFL circuits require high voltages.)
I have found in the website you indicate me, more and more infos: there is
many pdf material to download. They have also a Magazine to download: 5
Manual instruction, data sheets.....
Best regards to all.
Try to see new backliting system for all translucent artworks, glass
painting included. It's called BAP (Backlit Art Picture) and can be
seen on my website
What is additional advantage of it is that it's flat, almost invisible
offers 15 user controlled backlite versions. I use it for my stained
creations successfuly (3 exhibitions in London last year).