I’ve confessed before that it probably isn’t right that I have favorite pieces of hardware, but it’s just a fact that I do. These are products that I can’t stop thinking about, talking about and trying to find places to use them My last one was the Huwil FREE Flap lift-up fitting, but these past few weeks it’s been the Loox Multi-White LED ribbon. It’s hard not to get intrigued with LED lighting in the first place, and if you read Karyn Judd Reilly’s last post on our blog you’ll see that she briefly mentioned the importance of color temperature (measured in Kelvin or “K”) when it comes to lighting.
Imagine investing a small fortune in a stone countertop or a beautiful purpleheart veneer accent only to have the cabinet lighting make it look like a slab of nature’s best Con-Tac Paper! The issue is likely the color temperature of the lighting, and Häfele’s approach until recently has been to offer lighting in a choice of three temperatures: 3200K, 4000K and 6500K. I guess this requires a little further definition, huh?
OK, here’s the textbook definition: “The light color is a specification of the color appearance of a light source and is measured in Kelvin (K). The lower the Kelvin value, the warmer the light; the higher the value, the cooler the light. Sources below 3200 K are considered “warm”, while those above 4000 K are considered “cool” sources.”
These three color temperature options are fine and dandy for 97.3% of residential lighting needs, and at least 89.2% of commercial applications, but what if you want to “dial-in” the exact, perfect color of white for a specific situation? What sort of situations? Well, like those mentioned above, and how about a retail jewelry store that one day displays diamonds in their front window, and gold watches the next? 6500K is best for both white and colored diamonds, but what if those diamonds are in gold settings? Gold looks better under warm light. And don’t get me started on lighting a PEZ collection. If only we could vary the color temperature of our lights. Enter the Loox #3017 Multi-White LED Ribbon.
This puppy* is our warmest light at 2700K, or it can be super cool at 5000K or ANY color temperature in between! Let that sink in a bit. That’s right, if you feel that you’d be happier with a slightly warmer light or a slightly cooler light in a particular application, the #3017 Multi-White ribbon can output just the right light that you need.
Ask your Häfele representative to show you a sample of the Loox #3017 Multi-White ribbon and use it to illuminate a beautiful piece of wood or stone that you have sitting around. Play with the remote to tune the light until, like Goldilocks porridge, it looks “Just right”. In fact, I believe that’s what I’m gonna call this light from now on; “The Goldilocks Light™”. Read more about this awesome LED ribbon light in the current Loox Lighting catalog or here: http://www.hafele.com/us/external/catalog/HAC_LLS_2014/56.pdf * “Puppy” is a technical hardware term that we’ll cover in a future post.