LED Color Finder


A major concern just a few years ago (and with some less sophisticated competitors today) was the nature of LED light.  The best way to describe it was harsh.  It was very intense, blueish/white and stark for lack of a better word.  It was hard to get the color of the light right until recently and now we've gone to the point where we can color tune to any Kelvin color.  Not to get too scientific but Kelvin is a measure of color's heat temperature.  It's what architects think in terms of when they're picking lighting colors.   We just received a video of the ability to switch LED light to the 256 primary colors and it's not just a mask but the light color itself that is quickly switching between colors.  This is an impressive ability we now have.  So how do we evaluate the color of LED light?


There are three main colors of light that are common on the market for different lighting uses.  There's first bright light which is more towards the stark side of things.  Think of street lights, hospital lights, or outdoor floods where a certain perceived brightness either conveys cleanliness, safety, or just light.  The next logical jumping off point is daylight.  This light feels more wide spectrum based.  Keep in mind that the nature of light is a function of it's wavelength.  The problem with old LED's is that they had a very limited range of spectrum that the light operated at.  If you show light in only a narrow band of light, it will appear thin or stark.  That was the issue originally.  Daylight is very different.  Light from the sun crosses the entire spectrum (and even on either side of the visual spectrum hence UV and Infra-Red).  This large band of spectrum makes sunlight or in the parlance of lighting, daylight very warm even it doesn't appear to have color.  It feels good because it's very familiar to us.  This works well in many settings such as offices, retail, residence...for that matter...almost any indoor or outdoor setting.  The LED version of it is still a bit "white" but that suits many needs ideally.  For a warmer light, look at "yellow" light which has a warm feel.  This was the holy grail of LED technology and was the last to get right.  It feels warmer than daylight and works well in residences, retail, and other situations where the light should be secondary to the actual space itself.  Yellow or warm light takes a backdoor to the architectural space and feels "good" to most people. 


Our recommendation is to go "warmer" than the name says.  Light with more of a "yellow" Kelvin reading will probably address daylight color better when translated by actual eyes.  The best approach is to order a sample light from us in the exact form factor you're looking to replace.  For example, 2 LED strips may adequately replace 4 fluorescents.  It's hard to tell until you see it in the actual space.  Below are different examples of lights but keep in mind that the monitor settings itself can affect how these are perceived.  You can request samples from us here



The 2700 Kelvin shows a "yellow light".  The 3500 Kelvin shows daylight and the 5500 Kelvin shows white light.  We can now color tune LED's to any frequency or Kelvin temparture required. 
Another Kelvin representation of light quality in an indoor setting.  Light can also be described as "Cool" (higher Kelvin temperature reflecting white or blue light to the eye) or "Warm" (lower Kelvin temperature reflecting yellowish hues of light).



Hopefully this helps but we're happy to send out purchased samples for your space and desired color tuning.  Keep in mind that this is a unique ability we have and our competitors likely do not offer the full flexibility that we.  Run your LED lighting quote and we can color tune any of the available LED lights and form factors to your needs. 
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