Lighting Design with Color LED
- Jul 01, 2019-
The versatility and adaptability of next-generation colored LED is made possible by advancements in both CCT and color rendering index (“CRI”) controls for LED lights. Lighting engineers use CRI to compare how well a light source matches ideal natural lighting conditions. The CRI rating of natural light is 100. As a light source’s CRI goes down, the colors of an object that is illuminated by that light source will appear less natural, and an observer may have a harder time distinguishing subtle color variations. LED lights with lower CRI ratings are generally more efficient.
Architects and designers will balance all of these factors when selecting the optimum lighting solution for a specific setting. In residential settings, for example, architects and designers had traditionally preferred incandescent lighting as a light source that gave a warmer feel to a room, particularly when dimmed, yet that lighting is the least efficient of potential lighting options. They can now select dim-to-warm LED light systems to achieve the same warmth effect without sacrificing efficiency. Taking the design one step further, full color tunable LED’s will give them an opportunity to change the entire aspect of a room with different color lighting adjustments.