LED Lighting is an extremely energy efficient form of illumination that is used regularly in both residential and commercial lighting installations. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode; these diodes are small light sources that function like a computer chip. With recent technological developments, LED lighting shines brighter, runs cooler and most importantly illuminate higher quality light than ever before. Below is some terminology that will be helpful while purchasing LED Lighting of any type:
Wattage: The amount of energy a product consumes. it is not a measurement of brightness.
Lumens: The measurement of light output.
Approximate Incandescent Comparisons:
40 Watts = 440 Lumens
60 Watts = 650 Lumens
75 Watts = 1000 Lumens
100 Watts = 1200 Lumens
Color Temperature: Color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin and it indicates the actual color of the light produced. While most manufacturers measure the specific color temperature, some will provide a description of the light such as “cool white” or “warm white”.
2700K = Warm White – the color of a standard incandescent bulb
3000K = Warm White – slightly less yellow in color but still considered warm white
4000K = Neutral White – a color temperature commonly used in garages and commercial applications
5000K = Cool White – a color temperature used in commercial lighting
Additionally, research has shown that cooler color temperatures have made reading easier on aging eyes. For this reason, cooler color temperatures are being utilized in more applications than just commercial lighting.
Color Rendering Index (CRI): Color rendering refers to the measurement of the quality of light as compared to a halogen light source. It is measured on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the light quality of a halogen bulb. Any light source with a CRI above 80 is excellent.
LED Outdoor Lighting
Exterior LED Lighting is among the most practical lighting solutions you can add to your home. First and foremost, LED lights are extremely energy efficient. This alone enables home owners to use their exterior lights throughout the night and increase the security of their family and property without dramatically increasing the monthly energy bill. Additionally, LED lighting will typically last over 50,000 hours which will significantly reduce bulb replacement in hard-to-reach exterior fixtures.
Another great benefit of Exterior LED Lighting is the reduction in insects. In recent years, studies have proven that LED light sources attract significantly fewer insects than traditional light sources. This is the case for decorative, flood and security LED Exterior Lighting. The reason for this, in addition to the reduced heat output, is due to the minimal ultraviolet light produced in the LED light spectrum.
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