Tempe, AZ, June 09, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Arizona business, Inspired LED, announced this week they have officially upgraded their stock of easy-to-use flexible LED strips and panels to feature a new light emitting diode. This new component will increase color quality from an average of 80 on the color rendering index (CRI), up to 90 and above. The change comes as part of the company’s ongoing effort to provide customers with a superior lighting product.
The term “CRI”, or color-rendering-index, refers to the ability of a light source to preserve the natural colors of its environment. Lights with low CRI tend to tint their surroundings with greenish or purple hues which can be off-putting, while lights with high CRI show truer shades.
When LEDs made their way onto the market several years ago, 80 CRI quickly became the standard. Anything over 90 was designated “high CRI”, and typically came with a significant price increase.
“Originally it was something that mattered most for commercial applications—those vendors using LEDs to display food, clothing, or other merchandise,” Jim Levante, Inspired LED owner explains. “But as LEDs became more common for domestic use, we felt it was important to provide that same color quality for all of our customers.”
Prior to the introduction of energy-efficient lighting, CRI was a measurement primarily limited to the realm of photography. It was only after the emergence of CFL bulbs, with notoriously low CRI values, that average consumers began to consider this factor in their lighting purchases. Then back in February of 2016, the California Energy Commission approved the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations which raised the minimum CRI in residential environments from 72 to 82.
The Inspired LED team took the opportunity to raise the bar even higher. Their Research and Development department began by evaluating a wide range of components, comparing prospective diodes to the standard stock. “We were impressed right away by the difference between 80 and 90 CRI,” says Quality Manager, Garrett Introcaso. “Normally it can be difficult to detect a shift in light quality with the human eye, but in this case the contrast was clear.”
Once new components had been selected and prototypes built, internal spectrometer testing confirmed results well over 90, with trends pointing toward Pure White as the most highly rated. “This more or less matched our predictions, as this mid-range color temperature of 4200K lacks the yellow undertones of 3000K warm white, or blue tones of the 6000K cool white,” Introcaso said.
Inspired LED began the transition of stock back in December of 2016, gradually upgrading their most popular products to higher quality diodes. As of this week, all 12V LED flexible strips and panels are now manufactured to 90 CRI specifications. Data on lumen output, color temperature, and CRI is available through the Inspired LED website. Customers with specific questions are encouraged to contact the Inspired LED Sales or Design Teams for more information.