Ensure You’re Selecting the Correct Color Kinetics LED Lighting Systems

Selecting the right Kinetics LED lighting systems is important so you can achieve the effect that you’re looking for. Without the proper lights, a lighting system isn’t going to be up to par. Philips Color Kinetics has a tool called the Lighting Navigator that makes it easier to choose the lighting system you need. It’s easy to navigate so you can see your options and make the right choices.

The lighting system experts at RGB Lights can help you choose the right system. However, if you’re like almost everyone out there, you want to have an idea of what you have to consider. It depends on how simple or complex you want the lighting system to be. You can have a system as complex as the one at Sundance Square Plaza, which RGB Lights installed. This 55,000-square-foot outdoor plaza has become a focal point in downtown Fort Worth. This involved highlighting the surrounding buildings by using iColor Flex MX to border them. The lights change color in tandem with the Wave Wall Fountain and Square Umbrellas.

If you want simpler, Cawthra Square Park (now Barbara Hall Park) in Toronto, Ontario, is a good example with its netted color-changing overhead LED lights at the entrances. How much or how little you opt for is up to you.

Considerations Before Using the Lighting Navigator

There are questions you need to ask yourself before you use the Lighting Navigator. If you wish to talk to RGB Lights directly, preparing a list of questions will help you relay your needs. Some of the questions you can ask are: 

1.     Do I need an interior LED lighting system? This choice is easy because you most likely know when you need a LED light system inside. Home-based applications, commercial applications, and indoor entertainment are common uses.

2.     Do I need an exterior LED lighting system? Outdoor concerts, patios, highlighting the exterior of an office building or business, adding appeal to a park, and outdoor video applications are common reasons why exterior LED lights are used. The sky is the limit.

3.     How do I want to use LED lights? You may want interior LED lights for washing, grazing, cove, or direct view. Exterior LED lights include LED spotlights and lights used for washing, grazing, and direct view.

4.     What color LED lights do I need? You can have white LED lights, single-color LEDs, color-changing LED lights, and both color-changing and white lights.

5.     How much light do I need? It is good to know how many lumens you need. Consider that the average 250-foot room needs 5,000 lumens from the primary light source. A 25-watt LED bulb can emit 1,500 lumens. If you are lighting a large area, you will need a lot of lumens to achieve the effect you want.

Consider everything that is important to you, which will help you choose your path when using the Lighting Navigator. You can also talk to an RGB Lights expert about what you want to achieve through exterior or interior LED lighting. There isn’t an application that is too simple or complex, as many lighting systems are multipurpose. There are also LED lighting systems with specific functions.

Navigating the Lighting Navigator

Using the Lighting Navigator can be a great help when deciding what you want to do and how you want to do it. The following are scenarios that show how the Lighting Navigator works.

Navigation Scenario 1:

Using the Lighting Navigator starts with choosing whether you want interior or exterior LED lights. In this case, we’ll choose “Interior.” The Navigator then asks how you want to use the interior lights. In this case, we’ll choose “Direct View” because that’s what you want to use for dynamic images and large-scale videos. From there, you can choose white or color-changing and white lights. Let’s choose “color-changing and white LED lights.”

After choosing color-changing and white LED lights, we’re presented with the SkyRibbon IntelliHue Wall Washing PowerCore. It’s a single fixture that offers high-quality intelligent white light and color. It’s a new way to mix color that gives a great deal of freedom at the design level. The controls are among the best in the industry, and the LEDs can rotate up to 90 degrees. This rotation enables walls to be washed from top to bottom for even imagery. The effect is truly impressive.

Navigation Scenario 2:

Going back to the beginning of the Lighting Navigator, let’s choose “Exterior.” The next screen asks how you want to use exterior LED lights. The options include floodlight, spotlight, washing, grazing, and direct view. There is also a submersible option that will show you a submersible LED spotlight that can be used to create fresh and saltwater color-changing effects. In this case, however, we’re going to choose “spotlight.”

After choosing spotlight, there are different LED color options that include white, single-color LED, color-changing LED lights, and color changing and white. After clicking color changing, the next page asks, “How much light is needed?” If you want bright, choose 814-963 lumens. You may want higher lumens when illuminating a large structure. You can choose fewer lumens if what you are illuminating is small.

Choosing 814-963 lumens presents us with the ColorBurst PowerCore gen2 RGB. This is an architectural LED light. Notice the word “architectural,” which indicates it is for large structures needing floodlighting, dynamic uplighting, and sufficient decorative light.

Don’t Let the Selection Overwhelm You

It’s important to understand that the LED lighting selection doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The Lighting Navigator is just one tool. The experts at RGB Lights can listen to your needs, determine exactly what you’re looking for, and ensure you have all the components. When choosing Color Kinetics LED lighting, the sky is the limit. From video applications to something as simple as under-cabinet lighting, you can go as big or as small as you want. 

To learn more about how to select the right lighting products for your specific project contact the experts at RGB Lights.