LED Options – Jan 2018

For many home and condo owners, one of the main concerns about living spaces is light. In my experience, many people always say to me: There isn’t  enough light to see well in  high task areas in my home like kitchens or office. How would I know if new lighting will be the right color and will suit the space? How much will brand new lighting cost me and how easy will it be to install?

I tell those persons I’ve seen several different customizations of light in the homes I’ve audited. A trip to the local hardware store will reveal that they are several options for LED which can be very confusing at times but EnerScope is here to shed some light. In terms of LED lighting, there are two important factors to consider when buying.

Temperature

The first technical term you will hear is color temperature, which really means the hue of the light regarding how yellow or how white the light is. This determines how suitable it is for tasks light reading or working on a computer. The closer the temperature (in kelvin) to 8000K then the closer to daylight and the whiter it is. Illustrated in figure 1.

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Output

The second technical term is the output of the light (in lumens) which affects how much wattage is consumed and how bright the light is. This also determines how suitable it is for tasks light reading or working on a computer. Illustrated in figure 2.

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As our lighting series continues in February and March, we talk more about energy conservation from lighting.

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