As some novices to the world of outdoor lighting would argue, a light is a light. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is here to tell you nothing could be farther from the truth. Since outdoor lighting is all we do, we take the quality of the lighting itself very seriously. We’ve been designing and installing outdoor lighting in Nashville for over 20 years. During that time we have marveled at the advances in outdoor lighting technologies, especially when it comes to LED outdoor lighting. LED outdoor lighting has become one of the most sought after outdoor lighting genres in the business and accounts for over half of the commercial and residential installations we do. Keep in mind, that just because an LED says LED, doesn’t mean all LED’s are created equal. Unless you are a seasoned lighting professional, the lingo used to explain the different quality of LED light, and what the various “colors” associated with LED lighting mean can be overwhelming. We are here to explain the differences in LED lighting in terms everyone can understand.
The quality of LED lighting is measured by color temperature. Color Temperature is a measurement that indicates the degree of color being emitted from a light source in degrees Kelvin. Much to the surprise of what the term implies, it is not a measure of temperature at all but rather a way to gauge the varying degrees of the visible color spectrum that emanates from a light source. The method behind the measurement of light began in the late 1800s, when William Kelvin experimented with heat and a block of carbon. As the he heated the carbon he noticed that it produced an array of colors as the temperature was increased. The heated carbon block first produced a dim red light and eventually a bright blue-white glow as higher temperatures were achieved. He noticed that with lower temperatures, most of the energy was converted to heat. This same principle is at work when you look into a fire as it turns from gold to blue as the heat increases.
The optimum temperature range for outdoor LED lighting is between 2800-3000 degrees Kelvin. For the LED light, there are mainly 3 kinds of white colors – warm white, natural white and cool white. These three LED’s chart the difference between a softer, warmer form of illumination (warm white light) and a sharper, colder effect (cool white). Kelvin scale measures the “color” range of LEDs. As the Kelvin goes up the light will appear more orange, whereas an increased Kelvin will make the illumination from the LED appear bluer. It is really a simple rule within a range of measurement. The most opportune aspect of good LED outdoor lighting will ensure the object you are illuminating is as close to the appearance of natural light as possible.
Ironically, the differences in colors perfectly match the different atmospheres and how they pertain to our needs. Usually, warm white is good for indoors, as it keeps the room you are illuminating cozy and inviting. Cool white is a good choice for outdoor lighting or anywhere where you might want sharper definition and illumination, but not too cool as this will give the space a utilitarian feel.
This quest for the perfect color of LED outdoor lighting is what Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has been able to achieve with our LED outdoor lighting designs. What sets our LED’s apart from the rest is our exclusive high quality fixtures made just for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives locations, and the use of Cree LED lighting technologies. Cree has revolutionized the lighting industry with high-quality, energy-efficient LED lighting. The Cree advantage begins with mixing the light from red and Cree unsaturated yellow LEDs – among the highest-performing LEDs on the market. Every Cree fixture is then color tuned as a complete system for the utmost consistency in performance. The result is beautiful white light with superior color accuracy and consistency, Cree LED’s also use significantly less energy than traditional lighting.
If you are ready to see our LED outdoor lighting designs in action, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more. We can ensure your residential or commercial location will benefit from our LED outdoor lighting. (615) 373 – 0638