PAR16 LED Light Bulbs
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Benefits of PAR16 LED Bulbs
When compared to their halogen brethren, you already know a PAR16 LED bulb is more energy efficient, but did you also know it gives off less heat? Not only do the LEDs use less energy, you can cut down on how much you use the air conditioning in the summer. PAR16 LED bulbs are on the smaller end of the scale with a maximum diameter of 2 inches. The smaller size and narrower beam angle make these bulbs a popular option for track lighting, recessed lighting, pendant lighting, and display lighting. Commonly used in jewelry stores, museums, and art galleries, they are small enough to also be used in under-cabinet lighting and antique cabinets. Several of these PAR LED bulbs are dimmable, have a high color rendering index, and are Energy Star certified.
Kelvin is a measure of color temperature, telling you how warm or cool the light output of the bulb. The lower the Kelvin rating, the warmer (more yellow or orange) the light output will be. A 2700K warm white PAR16 LED gives off a similar color light as an incandescent. Bulbs giving off light in the 3000 Kelvin range are called halogen white because it most closely matches the light you’re used to from a halogen bulb. If you want the same look of your original incandescent or halogen bulbs, PAR16 LED bulbs in these color temperatures are a good place to start. Higher 4000K and 5000K color temperatures will be more stark white and blue in contrast. Higher temperatures may be used for track lighting or display lighting, but we recommend sticking to the lower Kelvin bulbs for recessed lighting or ambient lighting.
What is High CRI?
CRI stands for color rendering index. It is a measure of how accurately a light bulb displays colors compared to the sun. Without a high CRI, colors can look washed out or at worse, inaccurate. If clothing stores don’t use high CRI bulbs, when you get home with your garment, you may realize the fabric is a different shade than it was in the store. High CRI bulbs have a color rendering index of 90 or above. This is most important for display lighting.