Friday, July 29, 2016

Choosing the right color-turning method for LED lights

LED lighting in homes and businesses have become immensely popular, but it’s important to consider what color to use. Early LED lights were only available in one color, but that’s no longer the case.

Color shifts are recognizable and appealing, especially in restaurants, businesses, and homes. There are three color tuning methods for LED lighting that are beneficial to know when choosing your next light bulb.

  1. Dim-to-warm tuning

This method most closely resembles that of incandescent lighting. You can usually find this color tune in romantic restaurants or even pubs. When an incandescent source is on in full output, it glows white-hot. But with Dim-to-warm, dimming naturally cools the filament, moving back to yellow, then red the lower you dim the light. This light is favored in warm settings.

      2. White color tuning

This is the second-most predominant tuning color that helps adjust the color temperature from 2500K to 5000K. Tunable-white applications use LED drivers and light engines in a variety of ways to separately control color temperature and the intensity of a fixture. In the past, the choice of color temperature was fixed once the lamp/fixture was selected. White color tuning can be found in hospitals and classrooms.

     3. Full-color tuning

This type of color-tuning is different that the tunables, because it is not based only on white color temperature. It can produce color wherever within the visible color range. This is usually accomplished through the combination of numerous base-colored LEDs.
            This color tuning isn’t used only where saturated colors are wanted. It has the ability of matching the color appearance of the extensive range of fixture types, including warm dim and white color tuning. Other uses include tuning for the specific appearance of retail products. This is the most dynamic color-tuning option, for it involves superior controllers.

Color tuning is an emerging and important lighting trend in the industry. The evolution of LED technology has created enormous opportunities for designers to create unique and engaging environments.

Source: LEDs Magazine

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