Our lighting designers answer countless questions when it comes to helping their customers understand light color and quality. Lighting Design Manager, Tori Cole, is here to help simplify some of the complexity around design, color quality, and LED lighting. Follow along as she answers some of the most common questions.
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This is the second post in our series on choosing the right color characteristics for your lighting project. Last time we addressed color temperature, but maybe the most critical issue — which has surfaced with the popularity of LED lighting — is color consistency. How do you know that the color of your lighting will be consistent from one product to another? Let’s dive in.
If you're responsible for determining the right ambiance and light quality of your application, then you probably already know how important understanding Color Rendering Index (CRI) and Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) is.
Here's the problem: CRI and CCT are anything but easy to understand.
Our lighting designers are frequently asked about color temperature and CRI. How important are these measurements to your lighting product decisions?
With the emergence of LED lighting, the options have become almost limitless, so selecting the perfect color for your application can turn into an overwhelming endeavor.
LED gets a lot of airtime. That tends to happen when newer technology is making a splash on the open market.
Here, on the Lighting Insights blog, Regency authors have included “LED” in the headline of an article nearly 25 times to date and the acronym is included in almost every post.
But for all of the talk the technology gets – both here and elsewhere – how many people really know what LED is or how it works? What is LED?
For starters, LED stands for "light emitting diode."
We are wrapping up our series on selecting color temperature and color rendering index for your lighting. In this article, I’d like to give a little insight into how we think as lighting designers and what that means for you.
There’s no doubt that advancements in LED lighting over the past few years are staggering, as is the number of product options that have made their way to market. In fact, the very thing that makes LEDs so exciting to a lighting designer are also what makes things so difficult for us each time we specify a new product – so many options.
I get asked all the time what the right color temperature and color rendering index (CRI) should be for various applications. Although there are rules of thumb that typically provide a positive outcome, color can be so subjective. With LED, your options have become almost limitless. So selecting the right color for your application can be pretty overwhelming.
You don’t need to know about the melting of metallic salts in an HID lamp, the chemical balance in a fluorescent lamp, or why these lighting specialist people keep referring to light bulbs as lamps. You just need to know how to make lighting fit your needs.