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What Kelvin Temperature do you recommend?

By David Holl 4 years ago 1408 Views No comments

We get asked this question on a regular basis, and the answer is: "It depends!"

Kelvin Temperature is largely a matter of personal preference. Higher Kelvin temperature (e.g., 5000K) fixtures emit a 'cooler' blue light, while lower Kelvin temperatures (e.g., 2700K) emit a 'warmer' yellow light. Also, higher Kelvin temperatures appear brighter than lower Kelvin temperatures, due to the difference in scotopic and photopic light (or the S/P ratio of light and a topic for another blog post). A 4100K fluorescent bulb, for example, will appear to emit 1.62 times more light than what you would measure with a standard light meter, while a 5000K fluorescent will appear to emit 1.96 times more light. This is why the lumen rating on a warm white (2700K) bulb and daylight (5000k) bulb may be nearly identical, but the daylight bulb seems brighter.

Lower Kelvin temperatures (2700K - 3500K) are great for restaurant environments, living rooms and bedrooms, where a calm mood is desired. 3500K or 4100K are ideal for supermarket and retail applications, as they accentuate the colors (bright red apples, defined product logos) and the appeal of the products. 3500K is an excellent color for office space and kitchens. For bathrooms there is generally no agreement! Some people like the warm colors while others like daylight. Generally we recommend 5000K lamps for gymnasiums, factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The higher Kelvin temperature maximizes the perceived light in the environment without the 'blue hue' that is often characteristic of 6500K lamps. The higher Kelvin temperature is conducive to increased worker visual acuity, productivity, visual perception and even morale. For gymnasium applications where video equipment is utilized, Kelvin temperatures over 5800K should not be used as they can affect the quality of the recording.

​Bathroom Lighting

By David Holl 4 years ago 2057 Views No comments

The modern bathroom is not simply a functional space. It has become a place for relaxation and self-indulgence. Modern bathrooms require a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting to illuminate the area properly while creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Outdoor Lighting

By David Holl 4 years ago 1681 Views No comments

Lighting your outdoor space can be just as important as lighting the inside of your home. Not only can lights provide safety for you and your guests, they can be used to create the perfect ambiance for an outdoor retreat.

Lighting Controls

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Dimmers not only allow you to control the intensity of the lights in your home, they are also a great way to save energy. Lower intensity levels mean less energy is being used to generate light and your bulbs will last longer. Dimmers also allow you to vary the mood and ambiance of a room as well as adjust lighting needs to suit your activity.

​Different Types of Fixtures: Part 2

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There are many fixture options to consider when developing a lighting concept for the home. Once you have decided where you want to provide light and what type of light you want in a particular space, it is time to choose your fixtures. Here is a continuation of different types of lighting fixtures for your home.

​Different Types of Fixtures: Part 1

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Just like there are many different ways to light a room, there are many different fixtures available to create your lighting plan. Here we will take a look at some of the many fixtures available to create the lighting plan of your dreams.

​Understanding the Three Types of Lighting

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There are three main types of lighting that work together in your home to create your overall lighting plan: ambient, task and accent. The best lighting plans use a combination of all three types in each room to provide superior illumination and create the perfect ambiance.

Tips for Lighting Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is at the heart of family life. It is not just a place for food preparation anymore. In fact with more open room designs many homes have made the kitchen a focal point for gathering family and friends. With so many things going on in the modern kitchen, it is no wonder many different kinds of lighting may be necessary to light the space properly as well as provide design appeal. Here are some lighting techniques to consider when designing a lighting plan for your kitchen:

​How to Light Your Living Room

By David Holl 4 years ago 1571 Views No comments

Proper home lighting not only provides ambiance and a sense of comfort, it also allows you to see better and perform tasks more easily. Lighting can made a big difference in the feel of your home. One of the best ways to impact your home's aesthetic is though a good lighting plan including fixtures and lighting controls. When designing a lighting scheme for your living/family room, keep these types of lighting in mind:

​Saving Energy and Money with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

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Incandescent Vs. CFL:

Incandescent light bulbs are the original form of electric lighting and have been in use relatively unchanged for over 100 years. Incandescent bulbs are usually made up of a glass enclosure with a tungsten filament. An electric current passes through the filament and heats up to a point where light is produced. The inside of the glass bulb contains either a vacuum or inert gas to protect the filament from evaporating. In this process of heating the tungsten filament, about 90% of the energy used is lost as heat, meaning only 10% of that energy is used to create actual light, making the incandescent bulb highly inefficient.