Now is an ideal time to upgrade to LED lighting. Many utility companies are offering rebates for energy efficient upgrades and the price per lamp has come down while the technology continues to improve. Whether you’re purchasing for new construction or upgrading the lighting of an existing space there are many factors to consider. It’s not as simple as a bulb for bulb replacement anymore.
Lighting has a tremendous impact on a finished space. Does it feel warm and inviting? Do workers feel energized? For someone not familiar with lighting measurements it can seem overwhelming but let’s break down a few factors you should think about to achieve the correct feel for any given space.
The output of a bulb refers to how much light the fixture produces. When describing output, bulbs with higher output are typically considered brighter than bulbs with a lower output. LED’s usually have a higher output than the fluorescent or halogen bulbs they are replacing. While LED’s are generally brighter than older bulbs, the energy required to produce the same output is marginally less. If you simply wish to match the current lighting of your space with an upgrade, you could be over lighting by doing a bulb for bulb replacement. A bright space can be safer, keep workers alert and improve the overall mood. Too bright and it can cause headaches. Not bright enough and it could be hazardous for your staff or customers.
Another factor to keep in mind when planning your lighting is the color temperature. This isn’t how hot bulbs are to the touch but rather the look of the lights. Bulbs with a higher Kelvin temperature are considered “cool” and give off shades of blue/violet. Natural light itself emits a blue color, making cool lighting associated with the same productivity and alertness people feel in daylight. Lower Kelvin temperatures are considered “warm” and have orange and yellow shades. This type of lighting is associated with comfort, relaxation and calmness.
Before undertaking a large upgrade project, or when mapping out lighting for new construction, we recommend conducting a light study on the space. This is a professional assessment that will provide insight into what’s recommended based on the size and function of the project. Lighting doesn’t have a one size fits all solution. An assessment makes sure you get the correct bulbs – style and quantity – to light your space for the look and feel you want. Contact a Rumsey expert to ask about a light study for your lighting project today!