How to select LED lighting

03 / 06 / 2013

LED lighting has been the buzzword in the world of lighting for a while now. However, in order to make the most of this energy efficient light source, there are a number of important considerations that need to be taken into account when choosing LED lighting as well as several new concepts that need to be understood.

In order to choose the right LED lighting you need to know what a good quality LED light looks like. There are three important indicators to look for:

Colour temperature or Kelvin of the LED

The colour temperature to look out for is 2700K as this is a warm white colour, ideal for use in the house and garden. Do beware as some manufacturers can name up to 3500K as warm white as there is no industry standard yet. All John Cullen fittings are 2700K.

A high CRI (Colour Rendition Index)

This gives an indication of how the light source will reproduce the colours in comparison to a natural light source. One of the best ways to test how good an LED light source would be in your home is to test it against something red. The truer the colour rendition of the red the better quality the light source will be. John Cullen fittings have an average CRI of over 95% based on the full 14 colours of the spectrum.

Colour consistency of LED lighting

This is crucial for a successful end result and avoiding a “stripey” scheme. Low quality and cheaper fittings will use LEDs that have huge colour variation from product to product and will affect the final look of your home. For complete consistency, each John Cullen LED product is now labelled with the exact bin and grouped accordingly when distributed. This allows for confident specification and consistency.

To see our full range of LED lighting, click here.

Alternatively, visit the showroom where you can see all the LED lighting products in situ.