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How Smart Lighting Technology is Changing Art

The digital age of smart lighting technology and the Internet of Things has revolutionized the creative canvas with bold new ways to experience art. Today, art and technology are as intertwined as ever, resulting in new, interactive mediums and innovative solutions.

Smart Lighting Transforms Art

French impressionist Edgar Degas once observed, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” In this mural by Milan-based art duo Carnovsky, red, green and blue (RGB) colored filters reveal each layer of the digitally created wallpaper.

RGB art display is one example of how smart lighting technology has changed how we experience art.

Smart Lighting Becomes Art

Another digital exhibit, Assemblance, is described by creator Umbrellium as “a fully immersive interactive augmented reality made ‘real’ by using light as a physical material …” The collaborative project explored the marriage of mind and body with three-dimensional laser light that people “sculpt” into structures with sweeping movements of their hands and body.

Smart Lighting Enhances Art

Intelligent lighting has not only changed how we create new art, but how we view the great works of the past. In 2013, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam integrated a new LED lighting system that closely mimics natural daylight, yet preserves artwork dating back to the Middle Ages. In another recent renovation, LED lights with adjustable color spectrums revealed the full radiance of the Sistine Chapel for the first time in history. Since then, many museums and art galleries have followed suit.

The Future of Technology in Art

The technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want. – George Lucas, creator of Star Wars

Contemporary artists have access to tools that break the barriers between imagination and reality. Wireless automation, total connectivity, programmable scenes, and color manipulation are just a taste of how smart lighting technology is redefining the way we create and experience art.


Renee Carlson

Renee specializes in digital marketing & content development for Pegasus Lighting. When she's not blogging about all-things-light, you’ll find her nestled in the ‘burbs of Raleigh with her husband & three active boys, getting lost in her Kindle, tackling a long list of home improvement projects, or cheering on the Carolina Panthers.