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Consider the color temperature

Posted by JT on February 17th, 2000 04:20 PM
In reply to florescent lighting by bc on February 17th, 2000 12:08 AM [Go to top of thread]

Quite often the major objetion to flourescent lighting
is the character of the light that makes it "office
like". The most common flourescent tubes are have
a color temperature 4100 oK (marked SP41 or cool white).
These produce the cold white light that tends to be
objectionable in the home. Tubes with a much warmer
spectrum, generally between 3000 an 3500 oK are now
readily available (though they cost more); they often
labled "kitchen and bath". For referance incandescents
and halogens are about 3200 oK.
Another factor, the importance of which depends greatly
on the application is Color Rendering Index (CRI). It
is subjective measure, on a scale from 0 to 100 of how
accuratly colors are rendered. Incandescent lighting
runs about 95 while flourescents run 70-85.
Unforutnately the only real way to evaluate these
factors is to visit a lighting showroom.

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