LED lighting has come a long way – once used for commercial applications; it is now the standard for residential lighting as well. LEDs come in a wide variety of styles for a variety of applications. Understanding the terminology will help you select the best LEDs for your home.
What does LED stand for?
LED is an acronym for “Light Emitting Diode.” LEDs are engineered to be more energy efficient than their incandescent counterparts – and they last much longer. Using LEDs in your home lighting can save you money on your energy bill and replacement bulbs in the long run.
As opposed to fixtures with removable LED bulbs, integrated LEDs have the LEDs permanently integrated into the design of the light. This allows for a slimmer fixture, which is excellent for homeowners who are looking for sleek, minimalistic designs.
Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)
The color temperature of the LED lets you know how cool or warm the light is. This is measured on the Kelvin scale, with the higher numbers being the closest to natural light from the sun. If you are looking for warm, amber light, which is best for outdoor applications, consider 3000K LEDs. 4000K is a cool, white light that is great for kitchens and bathrooms.
Color Rendering Index (CRI)
The CRI tells you how accurately colors will be under the LED light on a scale of 0-100. The higher the number, the more accurate the colors will appear. For a natural effect, aim for a CRI of 90 or above.
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