Wednesday, February 16, 2022

What is CCT and CRI?


Did you know…?

  • Lights with a CRI measured greater than 80 are more than acceptable for most applications
  • Lights with a CRI that is measured greater than 90 are generally considered “High CRI” lights
  • High CRI LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy used in traditional lighting, while still rendering beautiful, vibrant colors
  • California’s Title 24 initiative provides financial incentives for the installation of efficient high CRI lighting

Also Consider CCT & Foot-Candle When Looking for High Quality LED Lighting


Along with CRI, there are two other measures of a high- or low-quality light you should be familiar with. CCT stands for Correlated Color Temperature (known as Color Temperature for many lights), and a Foot-Candle is a measurement that describes the total amount of light hitting your target area.

A foot-candle is a measurement that describes the amount of light reaching a specified surface area as opposed to the total amount of light coming from a source. From a user’s perspective, foot-candle is a much more important measurement, because a certain amount of light is always lost to light absorption, reflection, and/or dissipation.

Because lighting is so important for our ability to accomplish tasks in the workplace or at home, lighting suppliers use foot candles to measure the amount of light that is hitting a surface. This allows architects, contractors, and builders to understand the type of lights they’ll need to install in a certain type of space for a specific application.

Visit our website to learn more about how CRI affects lighting suppliers!

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At RP Lighting, we have quality products value-priced to meet your lighting upgrade needs. We also have knowledgeable associates who can assist you in choosing the appropriate products for your specific application. Check out our product catalog for more information!

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

What is CRI and How Does it Affect Lighting Suppliers?


Did you know all light isn’t created equal?

Some light renders color better than others. Color Rendering Index (CRI), is the measurement of how colors look under a light source compared with actual sunlight. The index is measured from 0-100, a perfect 100 indicating that colors under the light source appear the same as they would in natural light.

CRI is also an important measurement for lighting suppliers. It’s used to discern naturalness, hue discrimination, vividness, and color naming accuracy.

Along with CRI, there are two other measures of a high- or low-quality light you should be familiar with. CCT stands for Correlated Color Temperature (known as Color Temperature for many lights), and a Foot-Candle is a measurement that describes the total amount of light hitting your target area.

A foot-candle is a measurement that describes the amount of light reaching a specified surface area as opposed to the total amount of light coming from a source. From a user’s perspective, foot-candle is a much more important measurement, because a certain amount of light is always lost to light absorption, reflection, and/or dissipation.

Learn more about how lighting suppliers use CRI and foot-candles in their products on our website!

At RP Lighting, we have quality products value-priced to meet your lighting upgrade needs. We also have knowledgeable associates who can assist you in choosing the appropriate products for your specific application. Check out our catalog for more information! 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Switch to ENERGY STAR Lighting in 2022


Going green in 2022? There’s never been a better time to switch to ENERGY STAR products!

You may already know that ENERGY STAR certified LEDs will save you money and last over 20 years on average, but do you know the other reasons why you should make sure you look for the little blue label on products before you buy?

  • ENERGY STAR rated products meet rigorous standards: Set by the EPA, every ENERGY STAR certified lamp is evaluated against more than 20 attributes to make sure each product lives up to your expectations for efficiency.
  • Certified lamps must deliver the same level of light: The testing and evaluation process works to make sure the level of light from the lamp matches the brightness of traditional incandescent.
  • ENERGY STAR rated LEDs last longer than most things in your home: ENERGY STAR lamps undergo thousands of hours of testing to make sure the claims of 20+ year lifespans are actually true! ENERGY STAR LEDs also undergo stress tests to make sure they’ll work in all the spaces you need them to.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Light Up Your Space with Outdoor LED Lighting


Looking for ways to light up your home’s exterior? 

Get prepared for the end of daylight saving time this month by illuminating your walkways.

For a more decorative style for both general illumination and direct lighting around doors and entryways, choose a lantern style. We offer new styles with the ease of replaceable A19 LED lamps.

 Outdoor Wall-Mounted Illumination Areas

  • Building Façade – the walls and ground perimeter of a building can be illuminated with for safety and security purposes and for identifying a business at night
  • Pathways – illuminating a pathway along an outdoor wall or breezeway can direct people to the proper area
  • Doorway – the area around a doorway should be properly lit for safety and security purposes and for identification of the door. This can be either an outside doorway to the interior or a larger garage door

Read more about outdoor LED lights from the expert lighting wholesalers on our website!

RP Lighting + Fans is Your Go-To Lighting Wholesaler


Browse our selection of outdoor lighting to find the right size and style lantern, wall sconce, or wall mount for your home or business.

For more information on wall mounted lights, contact your local representative!
 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Outdoor Wall-Mounted LED Lighting for Doorway and Pathway Illumination


With available energy efficient LED lighting you can now choose from a variety of different lighting products for outdoor applications that are excellent for doorway and/or pathway illumination. There are several attributes that you must consider when choosing the proper LED lighting product for your application.

LED Lighting Benefits


  • Lamp Life – LED technology allows for up to 25 times long lamp life than past 2000-hour incandescent lamps.
  • Cold Weather – LED lamps work well with full illumination at start at below freezing temperatures
  • Visual Control – LED lighting products can be designed to shine the light where needed most for the application instead of simple general illumination
  • Brightness & Color – There are different color temperatures available with LED Lighting that allow for different brightness levels. Typically, 3000K lamp temperature is useful for residential applications while 4000K and 5000K are perceived to be brighter and useful for more commercial applications.

Learn more about outdoor LED lighting from the expert lighting wholesalers on our website! 

RP Lighting + Fans is Your Go-To Lighting Wholesaler


Browse our selection of outdoor lighting to find the right size and style lantern, wall sconce, or wall mount for your home or business. For more information on wall mounted lights, contact your local representative!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

LED Lighting Certifications and Testing: What They Mean


Are you a consumer in the market for LED lighting, or a business owner upgrading your office, warehouse, or facility with LED lights? Maybe you’re a home remodeling contractor trying to stay up to date on the latest lighting technologies.

Despite being known as the preferred alternative to traditional fluorescent, compact fluorescent, or halogen lighting options, many consumers are still learning about LED lighting technology. Luckily, there are several recognized standards and certifications that consumers can rely upon if they have questions about safety, environmental, and/or performance standards.

Testing Organizations Setting Industry Standards


  • UL Listed – Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an American safety and consulting company offering services in 104 countries worldwide. UL “drafted safety standards for electrical devices and components as the rise of residential electricity transmission made electronics ubiquitous in American households”. If a product is “UL Listed”, it means that UL has tested representative samples of the product and determined it meets UL’s requirements based on its published Standards for Safety.
  • CSA Group– The CSA (Compliance, Standards, and Accountability) Group is a Canadian standards development organization that accredits products to a wide range of standards certification from many different organizations. “CSA marks in lighting can provide product evaluation, energy efficiency verification, test and certification, and quality standards certification for the lighting industry.” The CSA listing is a well-recognized listing in the US.
  • ETL Listing – ETL is a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) by Intertek that is an independent electrical testing organization that test to the UL Standards for Safety. The ETL Listing is a well-recognized listing in the US.
Read the full article on our website!

Where to Find Out if Products Meet Industry Standards


There are several places you can look up products to determine if that product has been evaluated for certain lighting certifications. The CSA Group has a product look-up on their website, as does ENERGY STAR. You can find all the information you need for shopping for certified products here, and learn more about how you can save money.

Trust RP Lighting + Fans as Your Preferred Lighting Manufacturer


At RP Lighting, we have quality products value-priced to meet your lighting upgrade needs. We also have knowledgeable associates who can assist you in choosing the appropriate products for your specific application. Check out our 2019 product catalog for more information! Click the link on our homepage to download the newest catalog.

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Certifications Lighting Manufacturers Care About that You Need To Know…


Are you a consumer in the market for LED lighting, or a business owner upgrading your office, warehouse, or facility with LED lights? Maybe you’re a home remodeling contractor trying to stay up to date on the latest lighting technologies.

DLC: The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) is an independent certification issued for commercial LED lights based on their color rendering capabilities, lumen maintenance, longevity, light distribution and output, and the duration of the warranty period. This certification is commonly used for retrofit kits, industrial-grade and commercial lighting panels and linear product. Click here to view RP Lighting + Fans DLC Listed Products

California JA8 and Title 20: The State of California has its own regulations for energy efficiency that must be followed. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has developed the JA8 code (previously known as Title 24; California Building Standards Code) that states the energy efficiency requirements for residential and nonresidential buildings. Title 20 – California’s Appliance Efficiency Program – includes standards for lighting and states the minimum level of quality and performance for LED lamps and other electrical equipment to help the transition to more efficient technology. The CEC certifies lighting and ceiling fan products that meet each of these code requirements. Click here to view RP Lighting + Fans JA8 Compliant ProductsClick here to view RP Lighting + Fans Title 20 Compliant Products.



Trust RP Lighting + Fans as Your Preferred Lighting Manufacturer 


At RP Lighting, we have quality products value-priced to meet your lighting upgrade needs. We also have knowledgeable associates who can assist you in choosing the appropriate products for your specific application. Check out our 2019 product catalog for more information! Click the link on our homepage to download the newest catalog.

What is CCT and CRI?

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