With lighting technology constantly changing, vocabulary can easily become daunting. We went back to the basics to help sort out some commonly confusing lighting terms so you can feel confident about our lighting specifications.
Wattage (W) measures the use of power. The lower the wattage, the more efficient it is. For incandescent lamping, a lower wattage usually means a dimmer bulb. But in terms of LED’s, as a result of our growing technology, there is now less of a correlation between wattage and lower lumens. LED’s are now lower in wattage while still producing the same lumen output. A fixture with LED lamping can use as little as 6W, which is up to 7 times more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
Lumens (LM) is what measures your fixture’s brightness capacity. We recommend 400-600LM, preferably with dimming capabilities, for direct task lighting. To determine the right lumens for your space, multiply your space square footage by its respective foot-candle. Refer to the chart below.
|Bedroom||220 sq ft||10-20||
|135 sq ft||70-80||9,450LM|
|Kitchen||200 sq ft||30-40||
|150 sq ft||30-40||4,500LM|
|Living Room||250 sq ft||10-20||
Foot-candles for common home spaces
Color-Rendering Index (CRI) is the valuation of a color’s appearance under a light source, as opposed to natural light. We recommend at least 90 CRI for the most accurate color translation. See below to check your fixture’s CRI rating.
We don’t recommend using lighting with this low of a CRI rating.
Most LED lighting falls in this range. It’s good, but could be better.
Juniper fixtures have a standard 90 CRI rating, for excellent color accuracy and quality.
Color Temperature is the color of light your fixture provides. It is measured using Kelvin (K), on a scale of 1,000K (candlelight) to 10,000K (daylight). The lower the color temperature is, the more orange your light emits. The higher the color temperature, the more blue it emits. See the chart below to determine the recommended color temperature for spaces.
|COLOR TEMPERATURE||RECOMMENDED SPACES|
|Intimate spaces: bedroom, living room, dining areas, lounges, bar spaces|
(Warm White – Most Common)
|Neutral spaces: showrooms, retail stores, workspaces, kitchens, bathrooms, lobbies, entryways|
(Pale Blue Daylight)
|Productive spaces: kitchens, offices, coworking spaces, bathrooms, healthcare spaces|
Color Temperature Chart
Voltage (V) is what enables your fixture to work. Using too high of a voltage will likely result in destroying your fixture, and too low of a voltage may not supply enough pressure to power it. It is essential that you understand what your light’s voltage is since each location has their designated voltages. We highly suggest using our global voltage map.