Quality of Light – Color & CRI

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Modern lighting systems primarily rely on LED bulbs or fixtures, which have a few important factors that affect overall light quality.  In this month’s technology aesthetics article, we discuss how the Color Rendering Index (CRI) of LED lights affect the true color of furnishings, artwork, and architectural details.

living room paintings illuminated by ceiling lights

The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a specification found on the side of LED light bulb or fixture packaging that is often overlooked or misunderstood. CRI measures the ability of a bulb or fixture to accurately reproduce the colors of the objects it illuminates as compared to sunlight. This comparison is quantified in a score from 0 to 100, with 100 being a perfect match to natural white sunlight.


If a light source reproduces the redness of an apple perfectly, then it could be said to have a CRI of 100. In practice achieving a 100 CRI from any light source is quite rare. Most LED lighting available for general use in homes and commercial spaces tends to have a CRI of around 80, while those considered to have a high quality of color reproduction have CRI above 90.

In spaces where color accuracy is crucial such as workspaces, artwork displays, and rooms with immaculate interior design will benefit from lighting that has a CRI of 95 or better.

dining room in good light

The technology designers at Custom Audio Video have expanded their expertise into lighting design, bringing their pursuit of quality into the realm of home and commercial lighting design. If you have questions about how the lighting in your home could be improved, contact us today.

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