LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and is a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light. They use approximately 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting (hello power bill savings!) and also have a much longer lifespan, roughly 25,000 – 50,000 hours depending on the globe. LED’s are also eco-friendly, they don’t contain any harmful mercury, they don’t emit any CO2 and they can be recycled without harming the environment.
Kelvin (K) is a measurement of light colour and is not a measurement of brightness, 3000k is a warm white, where as 4000k is a cool white. (The higher the number of Kelvin, the cooler the light) The colour temperature will impact a number of factors in a space and will also effect the ambience of a space dramatically.
Our lighting consultants lean more toward a 3k as it is not too warm/yellow toned and will therefore provide a clean white finish that is also still soft. However this can differ as some people may prefer a cooler white to others, for example homes that feature a monochromatic palette of whites and blacks will suit a 4k better - to bring out the whites and not create a yellow wash.
Lumens are a measurement of the total amount of visible light from a light source, this is the term used in place of wattage on the old scale. Typically, closer to 100-lumen per watt is very efficient – a standard downlight at 10.5W should be closer to 900lumen – this means it is performing at a higher level with less power.
CRI stands for Colour Rendering Index and it measures the ability of a light to accurately reproduce the colour of various objects. The closer to 100, the higher the quality of the light source.
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