Bright Lights, Small City

Is there anything worse than feeling like you need to wear your sunglasses at night? No one wants to think of Corey Hart. Ever. I know I am not the only person to have him cross my mind when walking into someone’s home who then goes on to brag about their new LED bulbs. Thankfully there is an easy solution to this problem & it is learning a bit about colour temperatures.

Color TempsHome & outdoor lighting typically ranges from 2500K to 6000K.

My entire home, inside & out, is lit with LED bulbs. Even my holiday lights are LED. My bulbs range in temperature from 2700K to 3000K & with that there is no blinding effect, it feels like the good ol’ days of incandescent bulbs, while lowering my electricity rates & doing my part for the planet by lowering my consumption.

IMG_9524Note in the top right corner the difference of my neighbour’s cool white light

TessaLights3000K LED lights & gratuitous image of my dog

It was such a nice thing to drive up to my home with the lights on just screaming warmth. Then the city I live in updated all of the street lights to LED. Let me preface this with a bit about my neighbourhood. I live on a cul de sac in a bedroom community. There are no predators lurking about unless you count the rabbits eating my wife’s flowers. These offensively bright lights bring back sunglasses at night & as much as I hate them, they are saving me money directly…I no longer need to turn on my exterior lights.

Colour temperature has no bearing on the intensity, so my hometown could have gone with a nice warm 3000K and had the same amount of coverage. These blinding bulbs show me that the city I live in did not consult with a specialist. How can I be so sure of that? No lighting specialist would advise this operating room colour temperature for such a low traffic area, or not take into account the direction & spread each lamp has. They went out to tender & went with the cheapest vendor.

At Pattison Sign Group, we would never allow that to happen when proposing lighting because we have technical specialists like Joe Quercia. We look at all aspects from traffic to safety & client desires to location when building our lot lighting proposals . We try our best to keep ear worms out of your head.

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