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Two easy tips on getting the right colour in LED lighting

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Ambient Lighting project by Ezzolights at Alila Villas Soori, Bali - Indonesia

Ambient lighting is about creating mood and invoking certain feelings from the surroundings. These feelings maybe romance, or sensual or being functional means lighting for industrial and commercial use. The latter would mean work areas such as offices and warehouses.

This time I am going to write about understanding light ambience using LEDs to create romance and sense of sensuality in a hotel or restaurant environment. It shall be the first part of the series of blogs I write on creating ambience and how you can do it for your homes.

Ezzolights Ambient Lighting project by Ezzogenics at Alila Soori Villas, Bali - Indonesia.


Part 1 is about understanding two critical concepts being Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) and Colour Rendering Index (CRI). This is what the Lighting Research Center states of CCT and CRI:

"The correlated color temperature (CCT) is a specification of the color appearance of the light emitted by a lamp, relating its color to the color of light from a reference source when heated to a particular temperature, measured in degrees Kelvin (K)"

"CRI is a measure of a light source's ability to show object colors "realistically" or "naturally" compared to a familiar reference source, either incandescent light or daylight".



 Know the CCT

CCT is the color you see from your perspective. It is the same for both LED or traditional lighting. There are labels as to what is that colour such as cool white or warm white. Yet when a LED light that is labelled warm white, and is actually viewed in reality, it may NOT truly be warm white. Warm white in traditional lighting such as the incandescent bulb is 2700K CCT, but often many LED bulbs, even though the label states the colour as warm white, is never warm at all. Why the confusion eh?

This is the irony of the matter, and often confuses users of LED lighting. 

LED's CCT is always a range which is dependent on the quality of the LED itself. Typically LED's CCT especially for Warm White is in the range of 2800-3000K (it may even go to 3200K). It all depends on the digital accuracy of the LED's quality (to put it simplistically). You get for what you pay! 


Colour Rendering Index (CRI)

Colour Rendering Index

CRI is the accuracy of colour and that will truly affect how you as the human perceives the effect of the light on whatever it falls upon. This may mean food which looks off and unnatural. Or it may also to a certain extent affect the quality of work in the office and workshop.

Why is this so? LED is digital light media but we live in an analog world, surrounded by traditional light media. Example, the colour of a candle burning on a dinner table invokes romance and more beauty in the eyes of the beholder. That effect of colour accuracy perceived by the human eye is warm and romantic, albeit at times kindly dim. Apart from trying to read the menu or trying to differentiate between which is the vegetable or meat on your dinner plate. 

Why is this so? Simply, the CRI for true candle light would be 100 Ra.

CRI in many LEDs supplied from certain countries do not have a high CRI. Certain LED lights due to cost factors, will have a low CRI (which is typically CRI >70 Ra) as obviously the LED chip or bead comes with a lower cost. The CRI unit of measurement is termed as CIE Ra value.

Why is CRI so important? Low CRI invokes an artificial feeling which may degrade the atmosphere and ambience, the designer intend to create. A minimum of CRI > 80 Ra is important especially in creating a light feeling of warmth. 

CRI comparison

As a summary, one has to consider how does CRI and CCT affect the very basic selection of appropriate LED lighting colour. One should differentiate between areas of use, or location and application of the lighting.

To help you choosing the right ambient lighting, check out our LED collections at now. We offer 10% off your total purchase. Enter Code: EZZLBETAPROMO at Checkout. Our online store carries different types of LED lights with different CCTs as an option. 

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On my next post, I would highlight which CCT may used by yourself to create the romantic, and sensual mood for your home. 







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