Lighting is an intricate subject and it concerns everybody. Long before, there weren’t enough varieties are types to bother us. However, with electricity getting expensive and environment issues cropping up, lighting is receiving its due share of attention. The lighting manufacturing industry for its part has developed many different types of lighting products to meet the growing expectations of users. As a result you see different types of lighting for home use, commercial use, street use, photography, sports stadiums and for use in cars. The list is a never ending one.
If you are into managing a retail store, you will also be aware of the importance of commercial lighting. As an owner, you will expect it to be energy efficient, durable, provide enough brightness and be cost effective as well. As a home owner, you will expect your lighting to be brighter, cheap to buy, and be aesthetically appealing. As much as the lighting itself, you will also want a variety of fixtures, which too you must consider carefully.
When you shop for lighting, you will come across several terminologies. Understanding them is important to choosing the right lighting for your needs. Here are some common terminologies you must familiarize yourself with before you order lighting. It will also help you compare products from various manufacturing companies, and check if they meet your needs. It will also help you get value for money.
- Lumens – it is a measure of how much light the source throws out. Higher numbers means more light from the source.
- Lumens per watt – Watt is the energy required by lighting to operate, and when there are more lumens for every watt, it indicates your lighting is more efficient.
- Correlated Color Temperature – It is actually a measure of color emitted by the light source. Cool white is considered best for reading and other visual tasks whereas warm is considered best for living space.
- Color Rendering Index – It is used for measuring how well they reflect on an object’s color. Higher numbers indicate a truer appearance of the object’s color as against lower number.
There are many different types of lighting systems, and if durability is of prime concern to you, then, you should try induction lighting. The chief reason for their being durable is that they are electrode-less unlike other lamps. Typically induction lights will last 25,000 hours minimum and go up to 100,000 hours. They are ideal for industrial lighting where operating temperatures can be high and conditions harsher.
LED Commercial Lighting is ideal for use in stores because they are inexpensive and can be fitted in standard lamp holders. They are substantially longer lasting and easy to replace. When you shop for lighting, ensure that they are Energy Star Rated – It symbolic of efficiency and eco-friendliness.