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Full spectrum bulbs and daylight bulbs – what’s the difference?

When choosing between full spectrum and daylight bulbs, it’s important to understand the two key metrics used to measure light. The first is colour temperature, a method of describing the colour characteristics of light, and is measured in Kelvins (K). The yellow-orange glow of a traditional tungsten bulb measures around 2700K (a warm, soft white), and the light becomes colder and whiter the higher the Kelvin score, with 6500K being a cool, blue light.

The second important measurement of which to be aware is the Colour Rendering Index (CRI). A light source’s CRI measures its ability to produce colours and is expressed as a percentage: the higher the percentage, the better the colour rendering, with the best possible CRI reading being around 96%.

Daylight Bulbs

Just as their name implies, daylight bulbs provide a similar level of light to that of natural daylight. From a technical point of view, daylight bulbs generally provide between 6000-6500K and a CRI of about 80%. It has been proven by various studies that daylight helps to improve the morale and productivity of a workforce, so daylight bulbs can be used to create a healthy lighting solution that is also very cost effective.

Full Spectrum Bulbs

Full spectrum bulbs have the ability to produce the full range of the colour spectrum, carrying both visible and invisible colour wavelengths of light. Because of this, full spectrum bulbs offer the closest alternative to natural daylight, resulting in similar health and wellbeing benefits to those gained through exposure to natural light. For example, full spectrum bulbs are great if you’re seeking a lighting solution specifically to combat illnesses such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or if you need perfect colour rendition because you are a designer or architect. Full spectrum lights offer a colour temperature of 6500K and a CRI of 96%, and so, in comparison to daylight bulbs, full spectrum bulbs can provide a brighter, whiter light with better colour rendering.

Differences between full spectrum bulbs and daylight bulbs

When selecting the type of lighting that is the most appropriate for your needs, it is vital to be aware of the differences between full spectrum and daylight bulbs. If you are looking to give the appearance of daylight, for example by brightening a reception area or creating an airy-feeling office, then standard daylight bulbs are ideal, particularly if your budget is tight. Daylight bulbs offer a colour temperature of 6000-6500K, and a CRI of about 80%, and are available in a wide range of styles, from energy efficient LED tubes and panels, through to low energy spiral daylight bulbs and classic incandescent GLS daylight bulbs.

However, if you need to get either the perfect colour rendition for visual tasks such as designing, or light a windowless room – or if SAD is an issue – then full spectrum bulbs are your best option. Although daylight bulbs provide similar lighting levels to natural daylight, full spectrum bulbs bring further health and wellbeing benefits.

We supply a full range of both daylight bulbs and full spectrum bulbs to cover all of you lighting needs. Drop us a line today if you require any further advice.

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Coastal lighting – things to remember

Regardless of where you are in Great Britain, you’re never really more than about 70 miles from the sea. The coast plays some part in most of our lives, even if it’s only a place where we occasionally go to relax with family or friends. It’d be a rare British photo album that was bereft of any seaside snaps!

If you are running or opening a business near the sea – perhaps one that caters specifically for the holidaymaker like a B&B or seafront hotel – effective exterior lighting helps create that all-important first impression. But as we’re about to discover, coastal locations present particular challenges for specifiers, designers, or end-users when it comes to choosing suitable materials and products.

Salt Exposure

Various influencing factors dictate the amount of airborne salt that a coastal property is subjected to. These include topographical features such as beaches and cliffs, land and water temperature differences, wind speeds and direction, sea and surf turbulence, and land projections into the sea. Coastal salt is hygroscopic – it attracts water, thus it easily creates a highly corrosive electrolyte solution that acts as a catalyst to oxidation and rust. This only gets worse as the seasons warm up and humidity rises.

A building that is close to sea water is patently exposed to more salt than one that is several miles inland, whether it’s by direct spray or splashing, although this may be mitigated by a sheltered or calmer location such as a harbour or estuary. Regardless, if you’re within a few miles of the sea you’ll save yourself needless hassle and expense by investing in the right kind of light fitting from the outset.

Material gains – misconceptions and making the right choice

When choosing exterior lights for a coastal property you’d be forgiven for thinking that stainless steel may be a good choice of material. After all, under ordinary circumstances it lives up to its name by not staining or corroding easily. However, stainless steel is manufactured to a variety of tolerances and is graded accordingly; the type of stainless steel you’ll typically find in lighting products is no match for airborne sodium chloride and its high-speed corrosive effects.

Installing standard-grade stainless steel at a coastal location will result in staining and corrosion within a short space of time; even regular marine-grade stainless steel can sometimes be susceptible to corrosion in harsh environments. In any case, marine-grade stainless steels such as types 316 or the more resilient 2205 are prohibitively expensive for the purposes of lighting manufacture, so aren’t typically used.

Brass is another popular choice for outdoor lighting under normal circumstances, but in coastal areas it becomes vulnerable to corrosion by the same path as stainless steel – a process that is accelerated in either of those metals when temperature and humidity levels rise above an optimum salt activation level (10°C and 76% humidity in the case of sodium chloride, which is the predominant chloride in coastal salt). Most types of brass are prone to a process called ‘dezincification’, which increases vulnerability towards corrosion, and excludes it as a suitable and affordable material for coastal lighting products.

Light-fitting materials particularly suitable for coastal areas are:

  • Bronze, a copper alloy that oxidizes very superficially to produce a protective layer—the attractive verdigris patina that is often seen in outdoor bronze statues. Be sure to double-check for coastal suitability, as ‘bronze-finish’ lights are unlikely to be resistant to salt corrosion.
  • Galvanised steel is coated with a zinc oxide and once exposed produces a protective compound called zinc carbonate, which retards corrosion. Note that products manufactured in galvanised steel are likely to be irregular in texture and finish, which is often considered an inherent part of each item’s unique appeal.
  • Copper can be pre-treated to preserve its polished finish or left to its own natural devices to form a weather-resistant patina (copper carbonate). Again, the more natural look is sometimes preferred.
  • Polycarbonates are often used in no-nonsense exterior lighting designs, and are an ideal choice for coastal applications where function takes precedence over decorative appearance. Construction is usually extremely tough – resistant to vandalisation as well as the elements.

Maintenance of coastal lights

Whilst polycarbonate products are intrinsically low maintenance, copper and galvanised steel used in a corrosive coastal environment can benefit from a regular dousing with fresh water. General cleaning of a galvanised surface can be carried out with laundry or car wash soaps, taking great care to thoroughly rinse afterwards. Avoid any type of abrasive or mechanical cleaning that is likely to breach the zinc patina of the product, as resulting damage means the coating has to then repair itself, and by digging into its reserve of zinc this reduces the effective lifespan of the fitting. Try to rinse your exterior lights around once a month.

Tried & Tested Bestsellers

To supplement this guide to coastal lighting, please allow us to point you towards a selection of high quality products that are resilient to corrosive sea air!

Galvanised Steel

In terms of galvanised steel lights you might like the Vejers Standard Wall Lamp or perhaps the Dan Outdoor Up & Down Light for garden or paving areas. You’ll note that many of our exterior lights are Scandinavian in origin, the Scandinavians being vastly experienced in lighting design for harsh environments!

Copper

We also offer handsome copper lights suitable for coastal locations such as the Blokhus Wall Light. This light comes with a 15-year anti-corrosion guarantee, and as you’d expect offer complete weather-proofing, as evidenced by the IP54 Ingress Protection rating.

BRASS

Finally, we have an exclusive range of solid brass outdoor wall lights that are coastal resistant and new to our site for 2020. These are amazing value and come with a 5 year guarantee.

Lyco has an extensive range of coastal resistant lights, so whether you run a restaurant or B&B, a hotel or residential home, or any other form of business that happens to be within 10 miles of the sea, you can be sure we have your needs covered!

For more advice, inspiration and news take a look at our Lighting Advice section.

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Switch to LED Downlights and Save

When comparing LED to traditional halogen downlights it is common to look at the energy saving as a percentage, but what does this mean to your actual energy bills and how much money can you save by switching to LED today?

We have used our exclusive cost savings calculator to calculate the total savings of installing new LED Downlights against replacing halogen bulbs in your existing fitting.

 

The table above compares the cost of replacing a halogen bulb in an existing downlight fitting, against replacing the whole fitting with a new integrated LED downlight.

We have calculated the equivalent cost savings across our downlights range, details of which can be viewed on each individual product page using the link below.

 

 

If you’re interested in our full energy cost saving calculation we have shown this in detail below. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask our technical team on 0843 317 7820.

 

*Bulb replacement for existing downlight. Integrated LED downlight replaces any existing downlight

**Based on:
Cost per unit (Kw/H) – £0.163
Usage per day – 8 hours

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The 24V range from Markslojd makes garden lighting easy

Now the warmer weather has arrived, gardens and outdoor spaces are really starting to come into their own. Plants are flourishing, flowers are blooming, and attentions are turning to al fresco living. Therefore, now is the perfect time to install or upgrade your garden lighting.

The Markslojd Garden 24V complete lighting system makes outdoor lighting easy. The ultimate in ‘plug and play’ outdoor lighting kits, the Garden 24V range offers a wide selection of products that are both practical, aesthetically pleasing, and simple for anyone to install.

The Markslojd Garden 24V products do not require any hard wiring, making for an easy and economical lighting solution for any home or business. As well as being simple to set up, the lights are dimmable and can be used alongside timers or sensors, delivering a truly bespoke lighting system to suit the layout and style of any property.

All components in the Markslojd Garden24 range have been designed to work in sync with one another so they can be purchased and installed with confidence, offering fantastic versatility for a number of different uses including:

  • Illuminating paths and walkways
  • Adding ambience to decking and seating areas
  • Improving sense of security in outdoor areas
  • Highlighting landscaped areas, architecture, and exterior decor

Spotlights

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The Markslojd Garden 24V lighting collection at Lyco features three versatile spotlights in either 3, 6, or 9 watts, with a stylish black finish. These lights can easily be fitted into the ground or attached to guttering without any hard wiring to deliver ambient illumination, perfectly suited to outdoor seating areas in bars, hotels, and restaurants.

Decking lights

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Add a stunning ambient glow to outdoor decking and seating areas with Markslojd’s recessed deck lights. Simplistically styled in black with a frosted diffuser, these fixtures are prewired, removing the need for any complex wiring. Each 3W LED offers 65 lumens of warm white light which won’t just improve visibility outdoors but also help create an inviting atmosphere.

Bollard lights

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These easy-to-install LED outdoor bollard lights make for a practical and stylish lighting solution, and work particularly well along pathways, walkways, and in car parks. As well as being a high performing light in this practical sense, the fixture will look stunning in the grounds of any venue too – cased in aluminium and finished in an attractive matte black finish.

The Garden 24 plug and play lighting collection from Markslojd is designed to be extremely straightforward to install; requiring very little in the way of tools and and deeply buried cables, meaning there is no need to call upon an electrician for help. Many of the fixtures depend on a transformer or driver (sold separately) in order to work and additional cables may also be necessary, depending on the set up.

Click here to discover the full Markslojd Garden24 collection at Lyco or to find out more by watching this short video.

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Is solar lighting right for your business?

With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time for businesses to consider utilising solar lighting.

Powered by daylight

Solar lighting utilises energy from the sun, making it the most energy efficient lighting source available. Natural daylight is absorbed via a panel and then converted into an electrical current and stored in a rechargeable battery. As a result, solar lights are free to operate, enabling businesses to reap the rewards through reduced energy bills.

In addition to cheaper energy bills, businesses that make the switch to solar lighting are also able to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact. This can create a positive public statement about the organisation to customers and employees, showcasing the company-wide commitment to caring for the future of the local community and the rest of the planet.

Many solar light fittings have built in sensors, further improving their efficiency. For example, a dusk to dawn solar light will only turn on at dusk when night falls, and then switch itself off again at dawn when sunlight is detected. Others have PIR motion sensor technology and will only activate when motion is detected – ideal for low footfall areas, or improving nighttime security.

Tamara Solar LED Outdoor Wall Light with PIR Sensor

Solar lights are incredibly flexible and mobile, making them an ideal option for positioning in hard-to-reach areas, out buildings, environmentally protected land, locations that are far removed from existing electrical connections, or areas where no grid infrastructure exists. Furthermore, barriers such as tree roots, underground utilities, or other obstacles that may cause issues for trenching standard electric lighting cables are not an issue for solar lights. If a time comes when the lights are no longer needed, they can be also be packed away easily, with minimal disruption. There is a solar light fixture to meet every business’s outdoor lighting requirements, including:

    • Illuminating spaces – Solar lights are able to provide many of the practical benefits of hard wired lights, without needing an electrician to come and install them. Whether a light is needed for illuminating walkways, pathways, or signage, there are many styles to choose from.
    • Improving securitySolar security lights come in a wide range of styles, including flood lights, motion sensor (PIR) lights, and dusk to dawn lights.

Lutec Sunshine LED Solar Floodlight with PIR Sensor

  • Adding atmosphere – Decorative solar powered lighting such as spotlights, fairy lights, feature lights, and festoons, can completely transform the appearance and ambience of any outdoor space.

Solar Colour Changing LED Festoons

Despite its numerous benefits, solar lighting technology is unable to match the sustained power output of mains lighting.

Although solar energy can still be collected during cloudy and rainy days, the efficiency of the solar panel can drop due to the fact that solar lights require quality natural daylight to charge fully. Light output can therefore be significantly impacted by weather and seasonality, particularly when there is less daylight to absorb during the winter months. Their efficiency is also affected by their positioning and something as simple as an obstacle casting shadow, a fallen leaf, or dirt can all block the solar panel’s cells from the sun, and therefore limit a battery’s ability to charge fully.

Additionally, while some solar lights boast up to 12 hours of illumination from a single charge, a battery recharge will always be inevitable at some point. For this reason, solar lights aren’t always suitable for settings where round the clock illumination is needed.

Installing solar lighting within a commercial environment can offer a number of benefits to an organisation’s bottom line, the environment, and the company’s reputation. For advice on selecting solar light products for your business, contact our Technical Advice team here.

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Dimmers – Trailing vs Leading Edge

Dimmers allow you to achieve the exact light level that you desire in a room and consequently alter the mood. There are various types of dimming options available, but the most popular are ‘phase control’ (or phase-cut) dimmers. Phase control dimmers work by chopping out parts of the voltage and reducing power to the light source. The two types of phase control dimmer available are ‘trailing-edge’ and ‘leading-edge’ and they work in different ways which ultimately affects their compatibility with certain light forms:

  • Leading-edge: inductive loads (e.g. magnetic low voltage transformers), resistive loads (e.g. incandescent).
  • Trailing-edge: capacitive loads (e.g. electronic low voltage transformers, LED drivers), resistive loads (e.g. incandescent).

However, as well as the above, there are also other differences between the two types of dimmers…

Leading-edge dimmers (TRIAC dimmers)

Leading-edge dimmer switches are cheaper and simpler than trailing-edge, and were used originally to dim incandescent and halogen bulbs or wirewound magnetic transformers. They use a ‘TRIAC’ (Triode for Alternating Current) switch to control power, and are sometimes called TRIAC dimmers.

Many existing leading-edge dimmer switches have a relatively high minimum load, which often rules out their use with modest LED or CFL lighting circuits. However, leading-edge dimmers are by far the most common dimming control in existence.

One example of an excellent leading-edge dimmer switch is the BG Screwless 1-Gang 2-Way 400W Dimmer

Trailing-edge Dimmers (Reverse phase dimmers)

Trailing-edge dimmers are more sophisticated than leading-edge dimmers. They provide a much smoother dimming control, absent of any buzzing noise, and is ideal for use in most premises.

A trailing-edge dimmer has a lower minimum load than leading-edge dimmers, making it a better choice for dimming modestly sized low-powered lighting circuits.

LED lights and dimming

Unlike incandescent bulbs, which are all dimmable by default, LED retrofit bulbs have a built-in driver in their base. The driver converts AC power to DC power and maintains a constant current to the LED. This is at odds with a phase control dimming system, since the driver attempts to compensate for the sliced-out portions of input voltage.

LED fixtures such as downlights usually include the LED driver, either of a ‘constant current’ or ‘constant voltage’ type, depending on the LED array design. In either case, the same issue arises: the LED driver or power supply will try to patch up the missing parts of input voltage.

However, LED compatibility problems can exist, and some dimmable LED driver designs will only work with selective dimming control systems. These problems can show up in a number of ways, including flickering, flashing, and dead travel.

How to avoid LED dimmer compatibility issues

For an LED lamp or luminaire to work with a phase control dimmer, the electronics of its driver must be compatibly adapted.

Leading-edge dimmer switches are sometimes called ‘incandescent dimmers’, because they were originally designed to handle the resistive load of incandescent light. Existing dimmer switches tend to have high minimum loads and may require multiple LED lamps in order to even have a chance of working.

For an increased chance of compatibility, trailing-edge dimmer switches tend to work better with the capacitive load of an LED driver. The Varilight V-Pro LED Dimmer 1 x 300W is from the award-winning V-Pro range. It has an industry-wide reputation for delivering one of the best LED dimming performances available.

Research & Investment

If you’re installing a dimmable LED circuit from scratch, it’s worth checking out the bulbs that you’re likely to use and then look for a list of tested dimmer switches. Most leading bulb manufacturers test their dimmable lamps with a variety of switches and publish lists of known compatible models.

Similarly, you can upgrade your existing dimmers and so avoid compatibility headaches. What’s more, such an investment is likely to extend the lifespan of the lamps you buy, giving you an added incentive.

Remember, also, that LED bulbs are more complex than incandescent, so sticking to the same model of bulb is advisable when you find a winning formula. Once you have everything working, the many benefits of LED dimming will become apparent, to you and your business!

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New solar lighting: Our top picks

By harnessing energy from the sun, solar lighting is the most energy efficient lighting solution available today. What’s more, due to the fact solar lights don’t require a mains connection, they can be positioned virtually anywhere, don’t require an electrician for installation, and can be stored away when not in use. Not only that, solar lights are very environmentally friendly, providing a fantastic way for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.

Here at Lyco we believe solar lighting has a big future ahead of it, which is why we’ve recently expanded our solar offering, including new wall lights, stake lights, security lights, decorative lights and much more – here are some of our top picks from the new solar lighting range.

Cole and Bright bollard lights

These stainless steel bollard lights by Cole and Bright would make for a particularly stylish and practical lighting solution within the grounds of a hotel or restaurant. The built in PIR sensor boasts a 120° detection range for 8 metres and provides 10 lumens of light on stand-by, increasing to 50 lumens once movement is detected. This makes this fitting ideal for illuminating walkways or paths.

Duracell solar LED lights

Ideal for illuminating hard to reach or awkward spaces such as stairs or decked areas, this set of four flush solar lights from Duracell offers an easy-to-install lighting solution without the need for any hard wiring or batteries. Simply position each light in a sunny spot, and using their own individual solar panels, these lights will shine for up to eight hours once fully charged.

Chester solar wall lights

Wall lights fulfil a number of different requirements, serving both aesthetic and practical purposes, depending on where they are positioned. This modern looking, brushed steel wall light by SolarCentre is a real eye-catcher, and will shine for up to ten hours once fully charged. The solar panel can be positioned up to 1 metre away from the light, allowing for optimal exposure to daylight, while a convenient power-saving mode reduces brightness while doubling the running time.

Rock lights

Lighting has the potential to completely transform an outdoor space, and these subtle solar rock lights can do just that when positioned amongst flowers, shrubs, and rockeries. Manufactured from resin and styled with a natural rough finish, these little lights provide up to eight hours of illumination on a full charge. These lights would also work well for lining walkways, paths, or small driveways.

Cast metal solar powered floodlight with PIR sensor

This Duracell LED flood light is an ideal solution for illuminating driveways, pathways, entrances, and car parks. The light will automatically turn on as visitors approach your premises and then turn off after one minute – using precious energy only when it’s truly needed. Due to the light snapping on whenever movement is detected, motion sensor lights can also help bolster on-premises security and deter unwanted visitors. Alternatively the constant ‘on’ mode will provide light for two hours when fully charged.

To view our full range of solar lights click here, or feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how solar lighting could benefit your business.

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What is Li-Fi and how does it work?

In most simple terms, Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) is a way of wirelessly transmitting data through visible light. Unlike Wi-fi, which uses uses radio waves for transmission, Li-fi utilises light waves, which presents a number of key benefits:

  • Speed – Li-Fi is thought to be 100 times faster than standard Wi-fi.
  • Security – Because Li-fi transmits the internet via light, it effectively limits access to anyone within the same room as the light source. This makes is more difficult for outsiders to access private networks.
  • Availability – Whether in the home, office, or other commercial environment, Li-fi makes it possible for the internet to be available wherever there is a light source, i.e. virtually anywhere within a building.

Of course, Li-fi also has some disadvantages over Wi-fi, namely the fact it only works when the lights are turned on, which limits outdoor and night time usage. Also, the fact that light cannot pass through walls may be good for security, but it also limits the effectiveness of Li-fi in spaces that have lots of physical barriers.

Li-fi in action, via purelifi.com

Practical applications for Li-fi

The unique nature of Li-fi technology makes it particularly suitable for a variety of applications, both in domestic and commercial environments. For example:

  • Providing internet in densely populated spaces – Areas that are densely populated, such as hotels, shopping centres, or universities tend to have complete coverage from artificial lighting. This allows for a constant supply of fast internet access for users as they move through that space. Additionally, because light waves cannot penetrate walls, individual rooms can benefit from having an uninterrupted wireless connection, that isn’t affected by a large number of people competing for internet access at the same time.
  • Localised advertising – Li-fi makes it possible to transmit advertising or promotional information through shop display lighting, allowing for more seamless shopping experiences.
  • Augmented reality – Li-fi can provide localised information within a single light source, which could be useful in museums, galleries, and similar environments, as information about exhibits can be downloaded to the visitor’s device, directly from the light source illuminating the object they are looking at.
  • Underwater communication – Unlike radio waves which are quickly absorbed by water, light can penetrate at much longer distances.
  • Protecting sensitive data – Due to the localised nature of its signal output, Li-fi has the potential to increase security within environments which hold a lot of sensitive or valuable data. Healthcare, for example, is an industry which may benefit from the increased security of Li-fi technology in the near future.

Li-fi may not have gone mainstream yet, but there’s already plenty of businesses looking to this technology as a way of improving day-to-day efficiencies and customer experiences. One such example is the Best Western hotel chain, which put Li-fi front and centre in its ‘hotel rooms of the future’ event.

Speaking after the event, Best Western GB’s CEO Richard Lewis said, “LiFi is the future for the hospitality industry therefore we are delighted to showcase it for the first time”. As owners of hotels, bars, restaurants and other hospitality establishments seek to provide better experiences for their guests, and appease an increasingly mobile-centric population, emerging technologies such as Li-fi will become more and more important.

Whether Li-fi lives up to the hype is yet to be seen, but there’s no denying that this exciting new technology could be a huge game changer in a number of industries, as well as within the home. For more information about Li-fi and its applications check out www.lifi-centre.com.

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Introducing Soraa LED lighting

Lyco is delighted to announce the arrival of Soraa, the latest lighting brand to be added to our ever-growing range of LED lighting.

Hailing from California, Soraa is an innovative company that began producing high quality LED lighting in 2013. Brainchild of Nobel Prize Winner, Shuji Nakamura (dubbed the ‘father of modern LED lighting’), Soraa’s lighting solutions leverage science to produce a quality of light that is comparable to natural daylight.

Soraa prides itself on offering LED lamps that provide unprecedented colour performance and beam control in smaller, brighter, and more efficient ways than other bulbs. Soraa LEDs deliver a crisp, efficient beam, with quality distribution and glare control.

Colours are rendered much more vibrantly with Soraa compared to other artificial light sources because its spectrum offering is complete, matching or even exceeding the natural spectrum of daylight, but without any of the harmful ultraviolet radiation and continuous variations that come with natural light sources.

What makes Soraa unlike other LED bulbs?

Colour rendering

Soraa Vivid lamps offer a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 and R9 (deep red rendering) of 95, providing exceptional light emission in parts of the light spectrum that are missing from many first generation, Low CRI LEDs. Many features in our environment, such as faces, food, fabrics, and furnishings, contain complex hues of colour that don’t look quite right unless they are lit with spectrum light containing these essential colours.

Whites

Many conventional LEDs have slightly blue tinge, and as such, are not always able to render white materials completely accurately. As a result, white materials can look off-white or yellow under incandescent and conventional LED lamps, even those with a high CRI. Soraa has engineered its bulbs to render white materials with optical brightness using violet light, rather than harmful ultraviolet light, delivering a bright, white appearance that is optimal for illuminating fabrics, clothing, cosmetics, paper products, and appliances.

Energy efficiency

In addition to their high quality light output, Soraa bulbs make use of modern LED technology, making them an energy efficient choice when compared with traditional incandescent bulbs. Switching to Soraa LED bulbs can therefore lead to significant cost savings over time.

Hassle free dimming

Soraa LED lamps are designed to dim reliably and smoothly and have been tested with a wide variety of leading brand fixtures, dimmers and transformers to ensure full compatibility with most commercial lighting systems.

Minimal spill and crisp shadows

The three core components of directional lighting are the beam, the field, and the spill. Beam and field are considered as genuinely useful lumens while any lumens that fall outside of this quota are referred to as “spill.” Many traditional light sources, particularly halogens, project a significant amount of spill, meaning much of the energy consumed by the bulb is wasted.

Many modern LED designs incorporate accessories such as recessed trims and lenses which help to eliminate this spill. Soraa’s technology takes this a step further by delivering a circular beam, which results in minimal spill, soft transitions, and high centre-to-edge colour consistency.

How Soraa can work for your business

Lighting for museums and art galleries

The vivid colour, white light rendering, and directional beam with crisp shadowing provided by Soraa makes for an ideal light solution in settings where accurate definition is needed, such as illuminating artworks and artifacts in museums and galleries.

Lighting for hospitality

It’s no secret that poor lighting can have an adverse effect on customer experience within the hospitality industry – last year we conducted a survey that revealed nine out of ten consumers would be put off revisiting a bar, restaurant or hotel if the lighting was bad.

Soraa lamps can help alleviate this problem by offering complete control of beam, brightness, colour, and intensity, making it possible for business owners to showcase their venues in the very best light.

Lighting for retail and fashion

Directional display lighting and accurate colour rendering is an essential part of showcasing retail merchandise. The sale of products such as cosmetics, clothing, furnishings, and paints, for example, depend largely on customers’ ability to distinguish fine gradations in colour, which is only truly possible with perfect full spectrum lighting. Other products with optical brighteners, such as paper, appliances, and electronics also depend on perfect spectrum light to bring out their whiteness. Soraa is an ideal lighting solution in retail settings because its beam accurately renders colours and provides crisp shadowing, ideal for providing a clean and inviting display in and around retail environments.

Click here to find out more about Soraa and to see the range of products available from Lyco.