Decoding CRI

What is the CRI of this fixture; this might be the question no one asks. Most of the common query while shopping for light bulbs are; the number of watts the bulb consumes. What is the lumen output, and the most ordinary what is the number of life hours. It is time to add another one to the list: CRI. Never heard of it? Do not fret; we will decode it for you.


What is CRI?

CRI is a measure of a light source’s ability to show object colors realistically or naturally compared to a familiar reference source, either incandescent light or daylight. It stands for Color rendering index, and it measures the effect a bulb has on the perceived color of objects. In simpler terms, CRI quantify how well a light source imitates the sun, which has a perfect CRI of 100.
Therefore, it can be easily concluded that; higher the CRI, the better colors will look. The lower the CRI, the worse colors will look. A light source with a CRI of 80 or above is good, and a light source with a CRI of 90 or above is very good. Level below 80 is not that at all great, and will make colors yellow, washed out and can even change the hue of objects.

Choosing the right CRI

You do not essentially require bulbs with a very high CRI in residential applications, especially in places like the living room or kitchen, since these places mainly just utilize task lighting. However, if you are exhibiting artifacts, paintings, portraits, or sports memorabilia, then bulbs with a high CRI, would make these look even better; the colors would look more spectacular and bold. The high CRI of these LEDs create brighter brights and whiter whites, while colors become more vibrant. Places where objects are on display, like art galleries, museums, or jewelry stores, will use bulbs with a very high CRI. So, when is CRI not really an important factor? While that is purely up to you, you can skate by with low CRI bulbs in places like garages or outdoor lighting, since there is not a lot of aesthetic appeal in these areas.