Commercial LED Lighting Pro Tip: Enhance Ambience with Color Control

retailGreater efficiency and lower energy costs for keeping a space more than adequately lit are well-known advantages of LED lighting. But there’s another benefit to a commercial LED retrofit that many overlook: improved control over your space’s ambiance.

Color control with LEDs is about more than producing an interesting lighting effect. With the right lighting equipment in place, you have the ability to significantly enhance the mood of your space. The color control afforded by LEDs can help to build a stronger sense of atmosphere than traditional lights, improving the client’s experience and making the working environment more enjoyable.

LED Lighting Color Temperature: The Key to Better Ambiance

What is “color temperature”? LED lights feature a very stable physical temperature, helping to reduce energy costs related to heating and cooling. When it comes to visual temperature, LED lighting is just as effective.

Color temperature refers to two basic concepts:

  • “Warm lighting” tends to refer to a relaxed ambiance featuring golds, oranges, and reds. But warm lighting can also refer to any setting at which the amount of white light is appropriately attuned to the environment: not too dark and not too bright.
  • “Cold lighting” often refers to bright blues and overly bright white lighting, or simply lighting that may be inadequate to cover the environment. Blues, however, can also be “warm” when in the proper context and set at the appropriate levels.

Customizing color temperature to best meet the unique needs of your space, however, involves more than just knowing that red is generally “hot” and blue is “cold.” It’s vital to set the appropriate amount of lighting with the right equipment to ensure that an environment is adequately covered. With a professionally installed LED lighting retrofit, color temperature adjustments can be made easily, even after installation. However, designing your lighting in advance of the installation of new LED lighting systems can be an even more effective way to optimize the color “temperature” for your desired ambiance.

Finding Your Environment’s Ideal Ambiance

“Ambiance” is not a term that should be relegated only to the restaurant and hospitality industries. In every sector, the right color temperature and brightness can affect the performance of even the most seasoned professionals. That’s why it’s important to identify and create your environment’s ideal lighting settings.

Here are a few concepts a commercial lighting consultant like US Lighting Systems will consider when crafting an optimized LED lighting solution for your space:

  • CCT: Correlated Color Temperature. Using the Kelvin scale, the CCT assigns a number to your color temperature, helping to more precisely establish an ambiance that best suits your space. Incandescent bulbs tend to be around 3000K on this scale, while industrial spaces often require lighting of 6000K or “hotter.” Only LEDs provide comprehensive coverage across the full CCT spectrum.
  • RGB Color Controlling. Controlling the literal color of LED lighting is a benefit no incandescent bulb can outperform. With an LED lighting retrofit, you’re free to customize the ambiance of your space with a range of colors.

Work with an Experienced Commercial Lighting Consultant

Whether you need an artful ambiance for a restaurant or a tightly-controlled lighting temperature for an industrial space, a professional LED design and installation will give you more precise control over your space.

Contact US Lighting Systems at to learn more about how you can optimize the ambiance of your space with precision color control.

David Etzler, LC

David, LC, LEED GA, is a pioneer in the green industry. David is Lighting Certified (LC), earning the distinction from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professional (NCQLP). The LC was created as a baseline standard for knowledge covering the entire scope of the vast lighting field. As the President of US Lighting Systems, David manages the firm’s strategy and growth, including strategic partnerships with property management firms and building owners all across the country. David came to US Lighting Systems through SIB Lighting and the acquisition of his company, HOA Energy Advisors, in May 2015. HOA Energy helped commercial properties save money on their energy bills through lighting and lighting control systems. Having retrofit and managed over 75 large projects, HOA Energy had become a leader in the industry. David is active in the Green community and shares his love of the planet with his family and friends.

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