How to make lighting flattering with led

- Apr 30, 2019-

Whether someone or something is “flattering” will always be a subjective determination. Yet architects, designers, and public relations experts have arrived at a few methods that most people agree will flatter a person or thing. The top method is to remove harsh overhead lighting that casts cold, bright light and creates undesirable shadows and dark areas. Modern LED lighting meets this goal by facilitating accurate controls over a light source’s color coordinated temperature (“CCT”) and color rendering index (“CRI”).

Lighting sources with high CCT’s will appear bright and harsh, and will be less likely to flatter a subject that is within the area of that light source. Bright fluorescent lights, for example, can have CCT ratings in the 5000K’s. This may be ideal for offices and other environments that benefit from very bright lighting, but it does little to flatter a person’s appearance.

New LED lights are available in dim-to-warm configurations that reduce CCT to lower, warmer ratings, generally in a range of 2200K to 2700K, to cast a more flattering light on a subject. More complex full color tunable LED lights allow adjustments of both CCT and CRI to create lighting conditions that are closest to very flattering natural light. Natural light has also been connected to mood improvements , and at least anecdotally, individuals who are in a better mood tend to view themselves and their environments more positively.

Benefits of LED Lighting Technology

Both people and objects will benefit from flattering LED lighting. Fashion designers and retailers devote significant resources to creating the most flattering lighting for clothing displays. LED lighting in the fashion industry allows designers and retailers to blend warmer lighting characteristics with higher CRI-rated light that brings out fine details in clothing designs. Without the ability to blend these two lighting characteristics, designers and retailers previously had to elect a tradeoff between flattering warm light that obscured features of their designs, and harsh light that highlighted those features but that also made for a less flattering environment.

LED lighting can also flatter a designer’s budget. Advanced led lighting systems may impose a higher upfront cost, but they are substantially less costly to operate and maintain. Excess initial costs associated with LED lights are typically recovered in utility cost savings within eighteen months to two years after installation. As LED technology becomes more prevalent, initial costs are also coming down, leading to an even quicker recovery of upfront costs.