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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lighting Tips To Draw In Customers

Whether you are a small business or a large one, lighting can affect your customers. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks when it comes to lighting your business.

Altogether, there are the four main types of lighting. Ambient lighting refers to the main source of lighting in your store, such as overhead lights. A more focused form of lighting is task lighting. It's often used to illuminate areas where more light is needed, like display cases.  Accent lighting is used to highlight a specific area in order to make a certain product stand out. Lastly, decorative lighting is exactly what it implies - to add a unique beauty to your store.

But there are specific ways of using these different kinds of lighting that will really help your store stand out above the rest. 

1. When buying LED’s buy them in bulk
  • Not all LED’s are made the same, so if you purchase different batches, the tone and temperature could be affected.

2. Watch for heat!
  • Incandescent lights can become very hot and burn your customers. When using bulbs that can get warm, make sure they are out of reach of any person who could get hurt.

3. Use mirrors to reflect your amazing lighting and also help brighten up the room.

4. Do ambient lighting last
  • If you start with the other areas of lighting first, you can see where ambient lighting is needed most.

5. Make sure you nail decorative lighting:
  •  Location and type is important when it comes to decorative lighting. It needs to enhance the brand not

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