Deciding on best LED lighting for your application can be a daunting task.  LED as a category is growing at a rapid pace, but information to allow consumers to compare lamps and fixtures is lagging behind.

One of the first questions we are asked is, “Why should I install LED fixtures?”.  The are several reasons why LED is growing in popularity, the most common of which is energy savings – a 17 watt LED fixture can deliver the same light output as a 75 watt incandescent lamp.  Another great reason to consider LED’s is the reduced maintenance cost.  While a typical incandescent bulb lasts roughly 1,200 hours, an LED lamp can last more than 50,000 hours.  That means you would replace a typical incandescent bulb more than 40 times during the lifespan of an LED.

One of the early objections to LED has been color.  Many LED’s have color temperatures that make the light output comparable to that of a traditional fluorescent lamp, which can appear bluish and unappealing.  LED manufacturers have been working hard on creating LED lamps that achieve the same color temperature (2700k) as a typical incandescent bulb.  Inability to dim to reasonable levels has also been a criticism of LED lamps.  While each lamp is different, there are several LED products on the market that are approaching the same dimming capabilities as traditional incandescent lamps.

So, where do we go for the best combination of energy efficiency, color correctness, and dimming capability?  Lutron, of course.  Lutron’s latest Finire recessed lighting fixtures are beautiful and offer all of the efficiencies you would expect from LED technology, while achieving the industry’s best 98 rated CRI color quality and dimming all the way down to 1% when used with a Lutron dimmer.  Here are a few other impressive features of the Finire LED’s:

  • Guaranteed compatibility with Lutron controls
  • Soft-on and fade-to-black options
  • Energy Star and CA Title 24 compliant
  • A 5-year warranty on the fixture, as well as dimming, color consistency, and shift
  • Both round and square trimless bezels are available
  • Beam spread is changeable from 15 – 60 degrees
  • Has the industry’s best fixture to fixture color consistency