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Why is CRI Important?

Colors are all around us and we often take them for granted. It’s no secret that colors look more vivid and bright under natural sunlight. Rather you’re actually outside or there’s light soaking in through your windows, sunlight has a way of making colors appear more beautiful than most indoor lights can. Luckily, with the help of technology, lighting experts have been about to utilize LED lights to get closer that sunlit look than ever before. LED lights improve something called the CRI and thanks to a brighter and more natural look, but what does that actually mean?

What is CRI?

CRI is the color rendering index. The color rendering index is a light ability to reveal the true colors of an object. Sunlight is used as the comparison point and the CRI scale goes from 1-100. 100 is equivalent to natural, bright sunlight which best reveals the colors of an object. For lighting to be considered good it should have a CRI of 80, but 90 or higher is ideal.

Why Does it Matter?

Lighting that offers a higher CRI rating allows you to see the depth and texture of something with more accuracy. This matters for a variety of reasons. First and simplest, it’s more visually appealing to look at an object with clarity and see the true colors. A better CRI can also help lower the risk of workplace accidents and improve the productivity of employees who are required to look at or inspect an object in production.

Which Lights Offer the Best CRI?

Traditional bulbs aren’t able to provide the best CRI. LED bulbs, however, can achieve a CRI that almost mimics actual sunlight. LED bulbs can come in warm or cool tones. The cool-toned bulbs offer a better CRI and more natural light feel. LED bulbs are also measured using lumens instead of watts. The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb.

Understanding why choosing lightbulbs with a good CRI rating is so important is easier once you see the difference for yourself. Replace just a couple of your old bulbs with high-quality LED’s and see how much more vivid and clear the objects around you become! Being surrounded by a better light source is also proven to improve productivity and lower the risk of depression. If you’re unsure what bulbs you need to achieve the best CRI possible, contact a lighting expert today!

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