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LED 101

All the basics on LED and the new laws going into effect.

Learn about color temperature, measuring lux and more.

How to plan lighting for each room and the great outdoors.

The Lumens Guide to LED

In July 2023, incandescent light bulbs will officially become relics of the past with the U.S. Department of Energy enacting new laws that curtail the sale of incandescent bulbs in favor of LED. Taking the lead toward this new energy-efficient landscape of the future, Lumens will carry exclusively LED products starting in 2023. 

All the basics on LED and the new laws going into effect.

Learn about color temperature, measuring lux and more.

How to plan lighting for each room and the great outdoors.

LED 101

In July of 2023 the U.S. Department of Energy will enact two new rules that set stricter energy efficiency for light bulbs, phasing out the sale of incandescent bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient LED bulbs. Here’s what you need to know. 

Converting Watts to Lumens

The definition of lumen is: “a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions.” In short, lumens equal brightness. And watts do not. Not that watts are bad, but they measure energy use, not light output. With new, energy-efficient LED technology, we can no longer rely upon wattage to indicate how bright a bulb is.

While LED lighting isn’t brand new, the technology is really booming for the home user, and now is a great time to make the transition. We often get questions about LED lighting, so we’ve included a set of frequently asked questions with answers to guide the decision-making process.

Getting Technical

The difference in color with 90+ CRI (left) and <60 CRI (right).

The type of light bulb you use in your home could have a profound effect on the way a room looks. This is often attributed to something known as the color rendering index. 

The Kelvin definition is “the SI base unit of thermodynamic temperature, equal in magnitude to the degree Celsius.” Scientific jargon aside, Kelvin is used in lighting to measure the color temperature of a particular light bulb. In short, the higher the Kelvin rating (expressed in K), the whiter the light will be. 

Designing with LED

Light pollution affects far more than our ability to see the Big Dipper and its glimmering companions, and while it’s standard practice to turn off interior lights upon exiting a room, the same cannot be said for outdoor lighting that keeps a city bright long into the night. 

Light can affect more than just your ability to see and set the mood, it also can have an impact on your health. We’ll walk through important health considerations while planning ideal lighting solutions.

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