Why choose the Revelite AL instead of other picture lights?
The Revelite AL excels for 4 main reasons:
- Even Light Distribution - Our patented technology allows much better control over the distribution of light over the artwork, leading to much more uniform brightness from top to bottom and side to side. This control also allows us to limit the amount of light spilled on the wall surrounding the artwork. Since their invention, picture lights have been plagued by the problem of making artwork appear too bright at the top and too dim at the bottom. The Revelite is the first product to overcome this flaw.
- Excellent Color Rendering - The light that the Revelite AL emits has very high color rendering properties, resulting in vibrant colors and brilliant whites.
- No UV - The lack of ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light makes the Revelite AL much safer for sensitive mediums by greatly reducing the risk of fading and cracking.
- Small Profile - The small size and multiple color options make the Revelite AL as visually unobtrusive as possible, while still allowing excellent performance.
How do I measure my painting?
We will need to know the dimensions of the canvas, not including the frame. Painting dimensions are specified with the height first and width second. For example, 18" H X 24" W.
Why does your website recommend a Revelite fixture that is smaller than the width of my canvas?
Due to the electronics used in our design, we build Revelite fixtures in width increments of roughly 2.5” inches. In order to best match a Revelite fixture to the size of your canvas, we round down the width dimension you enter to the next available size of Revelite that we offer. We have found that this system provides the most even illumination while preventing spillover of unwanted light onto the frame.
Does the Revelite AL get hot?
The fixture gets warm but is never too hot to touch.
Is the Revelite AL safe for sensitive works like water colors?
All light has a negative effect on artwork. However, ultraviolet (UV) light is the most damaging and has no benefit since humans can’t see it. The LEDs used in the Revelite AL emit virtually no UV radiation, making them much safer than other light sources for use on all types of art, including works on paper such as watercolors. The Revelite AL also emits very little infrared (IR) light, which is wasted energy in the form of heat. Infrared light causes the artwork to heat up which can lead to cracking. The ability to precisely control dimming also allows desired light exposure levels to be managed.
Does the fixture require a transformer?
The led driver is integral, however the fixture requires an included external 24VDC power supply which can be installed remotely, mounted to the back of the frame, hung on the wall behind the painting, or placed in a junction box. When ordering, specify the type of installation and we will supply the correct transformer. Aftermarket low voltage power supplies with the proper specifications may also be used to power and dim the Revelite. If you wish to use an aftermarket power supply, please contact us to check that it will be compatible with your Revelite fixtures.
What is two zone dimming and trajectory control?
For paintings over 16" tall, we recommend a Revelite AL2 fixture that has two rows of lights. One row illuminates the bottom half of the painting, while the other fills in the top. The brightness of each of these rows and the angle at which they project light can be independently adjusted on the fixture. We aim these rows to calibrate each light to the size of the canvas specified for each fixture. If a Revelite fixture is swapped onto another painting, the rows can be recalibrated following the guidelines available in our instructions.
Is the Revelite AL dimmable?
The fixture comes with a small on-off switch and dimmer housed in a small aluminum box. It usually mounts to the back of the artwork’s frame where it is hidden from sight. It is also possible to dim the fixture remotely using 0-10V dimming systems, such as the Lutron Diva NFTV. These systems require a set of low voltage wires and are commonly used to control dimming of fluorescent and LED fixtures. Wireless systems are also available for installations where proper wiring is not in place.
Will the Revelite AL work for artwork taller than 36”?
The Revelite AL is designed to provide excellent light uniformity for paintings up to 36” tall. The fixture will still outperform other frame mounted fixtures on tall pieces, however there will start to be some drop in light intensity at the bottom of these pieces. If excellent uniformity is desired on very tall artwork, a second fixture can be installed at the bottom of the piece.
What is Microwire?
The Revelite AL is an energy efficient, low voltage device. This means that the wire between the power supply and the fixture poses no risk of electric shock and can be very small. Our microwire is only 0.055 x 0.110 in. and can be ran along a wall without appearing obtrusive. Microwire is white and can be painted over.
Is an electrician required to install the Revelite AL?
The plug in version is simply plugged into an outlet and does not require an electrician. The hardwired version which allows the transformer to be hidden in a junction box in the wall does require an electrician.
What is Color Rendering?
Color rendering (CRI) is a measure of a light source’s ability to faithfully reproduce colors.
Is the fixture designed to be mounted to a junction box?
Currently the fixture is designed to be mounted to the back of the frame or to the wall. We don't have a standard junction box mount at this time. We hope to add one in the near future so please let us know if you require this. If you wish to do an installation that will require a custom mounting solution, please feel free contact us with as much information as possible.
How do I wire the Revelite if I live outside of the United States?
The Revelite AL is a low voltage fixture and uses an external transformer. We will supply you with a transformer with the appropriate voltage input and plug style. If the lights you order are being shipped outisde of the US, please be sure to note which country the lights will be sent to in the comments section.