How do I use indoor spotlights for plants and artwork?

Because they're adjustable, indoor spotlights can function as a great way to highlight the plants and artwork in your home. There are two ways to hang them: on the wall or on the ceiling, depending on the item you want to illuminate. Choose the piece you want to feature, and then install the spotlight where it can be adjusted to shine at about a 30-degree angle.

Spotlights for plants

Using spotlights on your plants can create a lot of opportunities to create interesting shadow effects, so it’s best to use ceiling-mounted spotlights rather than wall-mounted ones. Adjust the spotlight to cast its light down and towards the plant — and if you can, position it to shine through its leaves and onto the wall behind it. This creates a unique look that will change as the plant grows, especially if you use smart color-capable smart spotlights or smart spotlight bulbs in a traditional fixture. 

Spotlights for artwork

Lighting artwork is a bit trickier, because light is an enemy of art — it can damage the materials and fade a piece’s colors. Since LED lights produce less heat than incandescent bulbs, they’re ideal for lighting artwork. When positioning your artwork on the wall, make sure your artwork is positioned away from any sunlight. Aim your spotlight at the artwork at a 30-degree angle, which is an easy way to ensure that the light washes consistently over the piece without creating any dark areas. 

*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and color ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness