BUILD Award for Innovation in Lighting Solutions and Lighting 2021

Best Custom LED Panel & Strips Designer 2021 BUILD Innovation Award in Lighting Solutions 2021

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Built-in soft starter

LED soft start integrated in lighting

Solution to current spike when activating LED lights with soft start

When we activate an LED system, a current spike is triggered in the first few milliseconds.

 

In this short time, the power supply is faced with the task of building up the load and supplying the necessary power.

 

This initial phenomenon can create stresses in the system, affecting its stability and sometimes causing unwanted outages.

 

Gradual start-up

To address this challenge, a key solution has emerged: LED soft-start systems.

 

Unlike conventional ignition that requires immediate power delivery, this approach adopts a more gradual strategy.

 

During the first few milliseconds, the power supply delivers power to the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) progressively, thus avoiding sudden current peaks.

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Stability and elimination of interruptions

The benefits of this approach are significant. Firstly, system stability is guaranteed. 

 

The gradual delivery of power contributes to a smooth and controlled ignition, even in situations where multiple sources are connected to the mains. 

 

In addition, the implementation of LED lights with soft-start plays a very important role in eliminating interruptions.  

 

By avoiding initial overload, the chances of failure are reduced and overall system durability is improved. 

 

Preventing glare in LED lighting

An additional, but no less important aspect is the elimination of glare when switching on the system. 

 

The smooth transition provided by soft start creates a more comfortable environment with uniform and safe illumination for users, especially in situations with sensitive lighting conditions. 

 

Integrating soft-start into LED systems not only effectively addresses the challenges associated with initial peak current, but also improves stability, reduces interruptions, controls luminous intensity and creates a smoother and more efficient lighting environment.

 

The benefits of integrated soft start 

Integrated soft start in Actilum lighting systems represents a key innovation with significant benefits. This gradual approach to activating LED lights brings advantages that go beyond simply eliminating the initial current spike. Here we explore the key benefits of this technology: 

 

Improved stability

Soft start ensures a smooth transition by delivering power gradually. This approach avoids sudden current spikes, contributing to improved stability in the lighting system. Users enjoy a controlled start-up without unpleasant surprises. 

 

Reduced interruptions

By avoiding instantaneous power load, soft start minimises interruptions in system operation. This reduction in failures provides a more reliable and sustainable lighting experience, especially in environments with multiple sources connected to the mains. 

 

High durability

Smooth start-up not only benefits stability, but also contributes to overall system durability. The elimination of harsh impacts on the lighting system reduces wear and tear on components, thus prolonging service life and optimising long-term performance.

 

More comfortable lighting environment

The gradual transition provided by soft start creates a more comfortable lighting environment for users. The absence of glare on activation improves visual comfort and light intensity, especially in situations where sensitive lighting is crucial. 

 

Energy efficiency

By delivering power progressively, unnecessary power peaks are avoided, contributing to a more efficient management of energy consumption. This sustainable approach not only improves system efficiency, but also supports responsible energy practices.

 

Our objective, to find solutions.

At Actilum, we seek innovative lighting solutions that optimise system performance.  

 

We persist in the continuous search for solutions that strengthen stability, minimise disruption and provide smoother illumination.  

 

This commitment is the foundation of our dedication to excellence and efficiency in the lighting industry. 

Integrated soft start goes beyond solving initial challenges; it offers an advanced lighting experience that translates into improved stability, durability, comfort and energy efficiency.  

 

In our constant pursuit of excellence, this innovative technology reflects our commitment to providing superior and tailored lighting solutions that are sustained on the basis of functionality and sustainability. 

 

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Chromatic coordinates

Chromatic coordinates in LED lighting

The understanding and application of chromatic coordinates are fundamental in the field of lighting, especially for designers and manufacturers seeking precision in the color representation of light sources.

 

In this article we will explore the importance of chromatic coordinates, detailing their definition, application and relevance in the quality control of LED (light emitting diode) lighting.

 

Definition of chromatic coordinates

Chromatic coordinates are a numerical representation that allows us to accurately identify the colorimetric characteristics of a light source.

 

They are defined within a coordinate system, commonly the CIE 1931 XYZ chromaticity diagram, where ‘X’ and ‘Y’ represent the position of a specific color within this space.

 

This system is based on color theory and is essential for understanding color perception in lighting applications.

 

Location and meaning of the coordinates

In the chromaticity diagram, the coordinates are demarcated on a graph whose ends are defined by the basic RGB colors (red, green and blue). This graph makes it possible to visualize how these primary colors are mixed to produce the full spectrum of colors perceived by the human eye.

 

Central to the diagram are the white tones, which range from 1,000ºK (a white with a yellowish hue) to 20,000ºK (a white with a bluish hue). This range represents color temperature and is critical for designing lighting applications that seek to simulate natural daylight conditions or create environments with specific color temperatures.

 

MacAdam ellipses and color perception

A key aspect in the study of chromatic coordinates is the concept of MacAdam ellipses. These ellipses represent regions within the chromaticity diagram where color changes are undetectable or barely perceptible to the human eye.

 

The distance between these ellipses is measured in SDCM (Standard Deviation of Color Matching)

SDCM in lighting is a metric that quantifies the perception of color differences between light sources.

A low SDCM indicates minimal, almost undetectable color differences, ensuring high consistency and uniformity in the perception of color quality in lighting.

 

Higher values indicate easily perceptible color differences, relevant in applications where color accuracy is critical.

Essentially, SDCM is vital for maintaining LED quality control standards and color consistency in lighting design.

 

  • 1 SDCM**: Undetectable color differences.
  • 2-4 SDCM**: Barely visible differences.
  • 5 or more SDCM**: Clearly noticeable differences.
 

This metric is vital to ensure consistency in the production of light sources, where color variations are minimized so as not to affect visual perception in critical applications, such as the lighting of workspaces, museums, and retail establishments.

Practical application of chromatic coordinates

In practice, the use of chromatic coordinates allows lighting designers and manufacturers to specify and reproduce colors with high precision. This is especially important in projects where color fidelity and consistency between different lighting units are critical.

 

For example, in lighting design for commercial spaces, a slight variation in LED color temperature can affect the perception of the product and thus the consumer experience.


Similarly, in the artistic or museum environment, the correct chromatic reproduction is fundamental for the proper appreciation of the artwork.

 

At Actilum, we are dedicated to excellence and innovation in LED lighting applied to professional lighting solutions and design, committing ourselves to the development of products that not only meet the highest standards of quality and energy efficiency, but also adapt to the specific needs of our customers.

 

Our focus on advanced lighting technology, LED color accuracy and consistency, backed by the rigorous application of metrics such as SDCM, ensures that every high-quality lighting solution we design enhances the visual experience, ensuring color fidelity and uniformity across all lit spaces.

 

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Power factor

LED technology has transformed lighting, providing efficiency and durability.

However, an often overlooked aspect is the Power Factor (PF), which plays a key role in the energy efficiency of LED systems.

Current drivers and their influence on the FP

A driver, or power supply, is an essential electronic component that is responsible for regulating and supplying the electrical current needed to power the light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Its main function is to convert the alternating current (AC) coming from the mains into direct current (DC), thus ensuring an adequate and stable power supply for proper operation.

During this conversion process, a phase shift occurs between voltage (V) and current (A).

This mismatch, determined by the quality of the driver, can significantly affect the overall performance of the power system.

What is Power Factor?

The PF, represented on a scale from 0 to 1, acts as an indicator of this phase shift or energy loss. A PF of 1 indicates a system with no phase shift, which is ideal for maximum efficiency.

On the other hand, the lower this value, the higher the phase shift and consequently the higher the power consumption of the LED system as a whole.

How to calculate the power factor?

For the power factor formula: PF = cos(θ), where θ is the phase angle between current and voltage.

It can also be calculated by dividing the active power (kW) by the apparent power (kVA). (See Kilovoltampere).

Relationship between FP and energy consumption

The relationship between FP and energy consumption is direct:

The lower the FP, the higher the consumption.

This means that the efficiency of LED lighting depends not only on the quality of the light emitting diodes, but also on the driver’s ability to minimise the phase shift.

What is the impact of a low level of FP?

Economy

It is not only the energy consumption that is affected by low FP, but also the associated costs. An inefficient LED system not only increases the utility bill, but also requires more installation capacity, which means additional expenses.

Environment

From an environmental perspective, increased energy consumption contributes to higher resource demand and greenhouse gas emissions.

Thus, improving FP not only benefits finances, but also addresses environmental concerns.

How to improve and correct the PF factor in LED systems

For power factor (PF) correction and to optimise energy efficiency in LED lighting, it is essential to consider the quality of the current drivers. Choosing drivers with a high PF ensures optimum performance, minimising phase shift and thus reducing energy consumption in electrical circuits.

In addition, it is essential to involve LED design and installation professionals to ensure that specifications are met and efficiency is maximised in each project.

More efficient LED lighting

Power Factor emerges as a key element to evaluate and improve the useful energy in an electrical equipment or LED lighting system.

By understanding the relationship between FP, lag and energy consumption, we can make informed decisions that benefit both finances and the environment.

Investing in high quality drivers with a PF close to 1 is essential to ensure optimal and sustainable performance.

Our focus is on selecting and recommending high quality electronic components that contribute to maximising the lifetime, efficiency and overall performance of the LED lighting solutions we offer.

At Actilum we understand that the proper implementation of inputs and components not only impacts energy efficiency, but also economic and environmental aspects, which supports our commitment to sustainable and innovative solutions.

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Kilovoltampere

A detailed analysis of energy consumption

In the field of LED lighting, understanding the technical terms is essential to make informed and energy-efficient decisions.

 

One of these key terms is kVA, which plays a major role in assessing the actual power consumption in the current circuits of our LED systems.

 

The kVA, or kilo volt ampere, is a measurement that provides information about the actual power consumption (W) of our LED system.

 

It is essential to be clear that 1000VA is equivalent to 1000W when the power factor (PF) is equal to 1.

Power factor

Power factor is a ratio that indicates the efficiency with which electrical energy is converted into useful energy (see Power Factor).

 

In the context of LED lighting, it is relevant to distinguish between kVA and kW.

Kilovoltampere and Kilowatts (kVA and kW)

The kW represents the active power of an electrical system, i.e. the real power or useful power, which it realises.

 

On the other hand, the kVA indicates the apparent power, which is the combination of active power and reactive power.

 

This measure not only considers the energy actually used to do useful work, but also takes into account the energy that is dissipated as reactive power, providing a more complete picture of the energy efficiency of the LED system.

 

Understanding this combination of factors is essential to optimise performance and minimise energy waste in our lighting installations.

Calculations

Now, let’s look at a practical example to understand how this affects our energy bills.

Suppose our LED system consumes 1000W with a power factor (PF) of 0.6. In this case, the total amount of real power we will pay for is not just 1000W, but 1400W.

This discrepancy between active kW power and apparent kVa power has economic implications.

 

Energy suppliers usually bill for the apparent power consumed, which means that we pay for an amount of energy that is not efficiently used in the system.

 

Understanding this difference is essential to optimise consumption and reduce associated costs.

 

The kVA in LED lighting is not just a technical concept; it has a direct impact on our energy bills.

 

By understanding and considering power factor when designing and implementing LED lighting systems, we can maximise energy efficiency and minimise the operating costs of an electrical circuit or electrical equipment.

 

In the context of LED lighting, understanding kVA means recognising its importance in assessing the actual energy consumption of systems.

 

At Actilum, we are committed to efficiency and sustainability in each of our projects. We constantly seek to integrate innovative technologies and practices that not only optimise energy consumption, but also reduce environmental impact.

 

Our mission is to go beyond lighting, working in partnership with our customers to develop solutions that reflect not only a commitment to efficiency, but also to long-term environmental responsibility.

 

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Free of electromag. rad.

Electromagnetic radiation is produced by oscillating electric waves which, by creating magnetic fields, affect other electronic equipment in the surrounding area.


The regulations clearly mark the levels that should not be exceeded in order not to affect people.  There are LED products that do not emit radiation and others that do. 


Led solutions can be passive and not emit electromagnetism. It is essential that they do not have coils, which are responsible for creating electrical pulses and pulsating frequencies.  

How electromagnetic radiation affects

Parallel Flex L6

This product emits electromagnetic radiation in compliance with low emission standards.

Parallel M9

This product does not emit electromagnetism, it has no coils or frequency oscillators.

Complies electromagnetic radiation standard

Electromagnetic radiation standard in everyday life

Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) is a topic of growing interest and concern, as it covers a wide range of frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

Electric and magnetic fields, fundamental to the propagation of electromagnetic energy, manifest themselves in various forms, from visible light to radio frequency fields.

As technology advances, exposure to these fields is intensifying, raising concerns about possible biological effects.

 

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a controversial phenomenon but the subject of epidemiological and other studies, highlights the need to understand the potential consequences of exposure to variable frequency electromagnetic fields.

 

Investigating the relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and biological effects is essential to establish guidelines that mitigate potential risks and promote a balance between technological progress and public health protection.

How electromagnetic radiation affects

Perspectives towards the lowest possible exposure

Electromagnetic radiation is produced when a charged particle, such as an electron, undergoes acceleration. This acceleration can be caused by various processes, and the result is the emission of electromagnetic waves that carry energy through space.

 

Some of the common processes that generate electromagnetic radiation are described below:

 

Emission of photons by atoms.

When electrons in an atom undergo transitions between energy levels, they emit photons. The energy of these photons determines the frequency and wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation emitted.

This phenomenon is fundamental to the emission of light by light sources, such as the sun or a lamp.

 

Acceleration of electric charges

When electric charges, such as electrons, are accelerated, they emit electromagnetic radiation. This principle is behind the generation of radio waves in antennas, microwaves in ovens, and X-rays in x-ray machines, for example.

 

Electric currents in antennas

In electronic devices and antennas, electric currents generate magnetic fields. Changes in these magnetic fields induce electric currents in antennas, thus creating electromagnetic waves that propagate through space.

 

Each type of electromagnetic radiation has specific frequency and energy characteristics associated with it. Electromagnetic radiation is an essential part of the universe and manifests itself in the following ways

Consequences of this effect on the population

Electrosensitivity

Electrosensitivity, also known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS), is a phenomenon in which people report experiencing adverse symptoms in response to exposure to electromagnetic fields, such as those generated by electronic devices and wireless networks.

 

However, it is important to note that the causal relationship between electromagnetic fields and electrosensitivity symptoms is not fully established in the scientific community, and many studies have failed to consistently replicate the symptoms reported by electrosensitive individuals.

 

Several factors may contribute to the phenomenon of electrosensitivity, and theories include psychological, environmental and physiological aspects.

 

Some possible factors and mechanisms proposed include:

 

Psychological factors

It is suggested that stress, anxiety and other psychological factors may play a role in the perception and intensification of electrosensitivity symptoms. 

 

Environmental sensitisation

Chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields may lead to sensitisation of the nervous system, which may contribute to the onset of symptoms.

 

Physiological responses

Some studies suggest changes in physiological responses, such as the release of certain chemicals in the brain, may be related to electrosensitivity in certain individuals.

 

It is important to note that most scientific research has not found conclusive evidence to support the existence of electrosensitivity as a specific medical syndrome.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health agencies have stated that there is no strong scientific evidence to support the existence of electrosensitivity as a unique medical entity.

 

Understanding this phenomenon is still an area of study and debate in the scientific community.

 

According to estimates, 5-10% of the population is considered electrosensitive, meaning that they are more likely to experience adverse symptoms related to exposure to electromagnetic radiation. 

 

Headaches, insomnia, irritability, depression and a possible increased risk of cancer are some of the effects that have been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

 

Important recommendations from the Council of Europe

In response to growing concern about the possible adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation, the Council of Europe has issued Resolution 1815.  

 

In this document, it stresses the importance of applying the ALARA Principle, which suggests that exposure to these waves should be kept as low as possible.  

 

These recommendations seek to ensure the protection of public health and the well-being of society in general.

The ALARA principle

The acronym “ALARA” is derived from the English expression “As Low As Reasonably Achievable”, which translates into English as “As Low As Reasonably Achievable”.  

 

ALARA is a principle used in the field of radiation protection and radiation safety.

 

This principle reflects the idea of minimising exposure to ionising radiation as much as practically possible, taking into account economic and social factors.  

 

In other words, it seeks to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable, considering the benefits and costs associated with reducing exposure. 

 

The ALARA Principle is applied in a variety of contexts, such as nuclear facilities, industries using ionising radiation, and in the medical field, where procedures such as X-rays and radiotherapy treatments are performed.  

 

Compliance with these regulations helps to ensure the safety of individuals and to minimise the risks associated with radiation exposure.

 

Living with electromagnetic radiation

Electromagnetic radiation is a phenomenon intrinsic to energy transmission, but its impact on human health has raised significant concerns.  

 

Electrosensitivity and possible adverse effects underline the importance of taking preventive measures.  

The application of the ALARA Principle, endorsed by the Council of Europe, provides a prudent framework for ensuring low emissions and promoting safety in the use of technologies that emit electromagnetic radiation. 

 

Ultimately, it is about balancing the desirability of the technology with the precaution necessary to protect public health.

Our commitment

The company’s priority is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment, both for its employees and for the community at large.  

 

In this regard, rigorous protocols and advanced technologies are applied to keep levels of exposure to electromagnetic radiation as low as reasonably achievable.

 

Actilum recognises the importance of being at the forefront in terms of safety and environmental responsibility.  

 

Therefore, preventive measures are continuously implemented and awareness of the potential risks associated with electromagnetic radiation is promoted among employees.  

 

This philosophy is aligned with international standards and the recommendations of specialised bodies, reaffirming Actilum’s commitment to the health and well-being of society as a whole. 

 

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Ecodesign

Environmental awareness and responsibility

Reducing environmental impacts in the life cycle of products and services

Ecodesign, emerges as a sustainable way to address environmental impacts from the initial phase of product and service development.

 

This strategy seeks to identify, analyse and mitigate potential negative effects on the environment throughout the entire life cycle of the product or service, while maintaining an unprecedented standard of quality.

Product life cycle and its different phases

The life cycle encompasses various stages that go beyond the simple manufacture of a product.

 

It ranges from raw material and input selection criteria, design and production, packaging, transport, distribution, use, repair, recycling and reuse.

 

Each of these phases presents opportunities to implement sustainable practices and reduce the environmental footprint.

Raw materials

Raw material selection is approached with a proactive focus on manufacturing a sustainable product, prioritising materials from renewable, resource-efficient, recyclable or biodegradable energy sources.

 

Our choice is guided by low carbon intensity, promoting transparency in the supply chain and working with suppliers committed to ethical practices.

 

This conscious approach reflects our commitment to creating high quality, environmentally friendly products, contributing to a circular economy and climate change mitigation.

 

The selection of materials with low environmental impact and the implementation of clean technologies are essential to achieving these goals.

Design and production

Sustainable design represents the convergence of creativity and environmental responsibility.

 

The effort must be oriented towards conceiving innovative solutions that not only meet high quality standards, but also minimise their environmental impact throughout their entire life cycle.

 

In production processes, the starting point of a product’s life cycle and quality, eco-design is fundamental.

 

Here, the aim is to optimise processes, reduce the consumption of energy and natural resources and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

Packaging

Eco-design extends to packaging, focusing on waste reduction and the choice of recyclable materials.

 

Efficient use of packaging, without compromising product protection, is essential to minimise environmental impact at this stage.

Transport and distribution

Optimising transport routes and adopting more efficient vehicles are key practices in the transport and distribution phase.

 

Logistics efficiency not only reduces costs, but also reduces the carbon emissions associated with the movement of goods.

Product use

The use stage involves considering energy efficiency and product durability. Designing products that consume less energy over their lifetime and require less maintenance contributes significantly to sustainability.

Repair

Encouraging repair versus obsolescence is a fundamental principle of eco-design.

 

Designing modular products and providing repair information can extend product life and reduce the need for replacement.

End of life of the product

Recycling and reuse

Ecodesign addresses end-of-life management. Facilitating recycling by choosing recyclable materials and promoting reuse contributes to closing the life cycle in a sustainable way.

 

Eco-design is not just a trend; it is a necessity in a world increasingly aware of its environmental impact.

 

By addressing all phases of the life cycle, from conception to final disposal, eco-design becomes a valuable tool for companies committed to environmental responsibility.

Our commitment

At Actilum we foster a corporate culture committed to integrating eco-design into all phases of our projects.

 

We recognise the importance of embracing sustainable development practices from the beginning of the process, prioritising efficiency in manufacturing, waste reduction in packaging, optimisation in transport and distribution, as well as promoting repair, recycling and reuse.

 

Our vision goes beyond the mere implementation of environmental policies; we strive to lead the way towards a more sustainable future in the industry.

 

By aligning our philosophy with the principles of green design, we seek not only to reduce our environmental impact, but also to inspire our collaborators, partners and clients to adopt responsible and sustainable practices.

 

Every project at Actilum is an opportunity to demonstrate that design excellence is not at odds with environmental responsibility.

 

By integrating eco-design into our daily work, we reaffirm our commitment to sustainable innovation and actively contribute to building a greener, more resilient future for generations to come.

 

At Actilum, eco-design is not just a methodology, it is a commitment rooted in our mission to build a more environmentally conscious and respectful business world. Contact us!

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Flicker Free!

Understanding Flicker and Changes in Light Intensity

In general terms, flicker refers to visible and repetitive changes in light intensity, mostly caused by fluctuations in electrical voltage.

This phenomenon is common in LED luminaires, affecting various areas such as general lighting, computer monitors or TV screens, among others.

Let’s look at situations where we can see this effect

It can manifest itself in various situations and devices due to fluctuations in the electrical current. Here are some examples where we can appreciate this phenomenon:

Conventional lighting

Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs may also experience flicker, especially at the end of their lifetime. In the case of fluorescent bulbs, the frequency of flicker may be higher, and some people may notice flickering, especially in environments with old or low-quality fluorescent lighting.

 

Household appliances

Some electrical appliances, such as hoovers, fans and appliances with electric motors, can generate fluctuations in electrical current that result in perceptible flicker.

Displays of electronic devices

In addition to the computer monitors and television screens mentioned above, the screens of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets can also exhibit flicker, especially when used at low brightness levels.

Security cameras

Some security cameras and surveillance systems use LED lighting for night vision, and may emit noticeable flicker.

Automotive lighting

In some cases, LED lights used in car headlights can generate flicker, which can be annoying for drivers and other road users.

Charging devices

Some electronic device chargers can generate fluctuations in electrical current during the charging process, which can result in noticeable flicker in nearby lights.

 

LED lighting

In the case of LED luminaires, the flicker may be due to the modulation of the electrical current to control the intensity of the light. Although this flicker may be imperceptible to many people, some people are more sensitive and may experience symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, eye irritation or difficulty concentrating when exposed to it for prolonged periods of time.

It is important to address and minimise the flicker effect in these situations, as it can have implications for the visual health and general well-being of people exposed to it on a regular basis.

Flicker-Free Technology

Protecting our visual health

Flicker-Free or Free Flicker technology plays an extremely important role in protecting our eyesight against eyestrain.

Its main function is to counteract the flickering present in LED light sources, offering an effective solution to problems such as headaches, dry eyes and eyestrain.

Influence on visual perception

The implementation of Flicker-Free technology aims to provide a more comfortable and healthier viewing experience by minimising or completely eliminating noticeable flicker in LED lighting.

This development is particularly relevant in essential environments such as offices, homes and commercial spaces.

Well-being with flicker-free technology

Flicker-Free technology not only addresses technical problems in LED luminaires, but also has a direct impact on visual health and user comfort.

 

By choosing products that integrate this technology, we are opting for a more efficient and eye-friendly illuminated environment, thus promoting a healthier lifestyle in the age of LED lighting.

The importance of addressing the flicker effect goes beyond LED lighting.

By choosing products with Flicker-Free technology, such as those available from Actilum, you are making a conscious choice towards healthier and more comfortable visual environments.

 

The innovation behind this technology reflects our commitment to excellence in lighting and user well-being.

At Actilum, we prioritise expertise by offering products and solutions that integrate Flicker-Free technology.

Our dedication to visual quality and well-being is reflected in every aspect of our products, ensuring efficiently lit, eye-friendly environments.

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Variable color temperature

Technical Applications and Specific Solutions

White-Tunable products (Tunable white)

The evolution in lighting technology presents us with white-tunable products, a solution that allows the colour temperature of a luminaire to be adjusted in a precise range, from 2,700ºK to 6,500ºK.

 

This technical advance is positioned as a key tool in commercial and residential environments, giving users precise control over the appearance of the light emitted.

Dim-to-Warm (Dimming to warm)

Emulating the warm illumination of incandescent sources

Within the variable colour temperature category, dim-to-warm products stand out for their ability to emulate the warm lighting characteristic of incandescent sources.

 

This specific approach becomes particularly valuable in environments that seek to create intimate and cosy atmospheres, such as hospitality and restaurants.

 

Hue and intensity control

Beyond colour temperature reproduction, dim-to-warm technology incorporates dimming capability. This feature goes beyond adjusting the hue of the light, allowing the intensity of the light to be modified as well.

 

This provides a versatile lighting experience that is adaptable to different times of the day or activities.

 

Creating tailor-made atmospheres

The practical application of white-tunable and dim-to-warm products is evident in their ability to modify the atmosphere of a space according to the user’s preferences.

 

From cooler, brighter lighting to increase productivity during the day to a warmer, dimmer shade to create relaxed ambiance in the evening, variable colour temperature becomes a valuable tool to meet a variety of lighting needs.

 

Customisable solutions

Variable colour temperature, especially through white-tunable and dim-to-warm products, represents a significant advance in lighting system design.

 

This technical and precise approach reflects the continuous evolution of lighting towards more customisable and adaptive solutions, addressing not only aesthetic but also functional aspects to create visually appealing and functionally efficient environments.

 

At Actilum, we are proud to highlight our commitment to innovation and excellence in the development of high-tech LED products.

 

We are driven by the vision of providing our customers with lighting tools that not only meet their current needs, but also anticipate and adapt to future demands.

 

Our constant pursuit of technical excellence allows us to lead the way in the design and implementation of advanced lighting systems, offering products that not only transform spaces, but also set new industry standards.

 

We are committed to creating superior lighting experiences by combining the latest technology with a real-world approach to our customers’ needs.

 

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Dimmable

Intensity control of LED lighting

The term “dimmable” in the electrical field derives from the English word “dimmer”, which translates as dimmer or dimmer.

 

In essence, this concept is used to describe devices designed to control power at one or more levels, for the purpose of managing and adjusting the intensity of the light emitted.

 

Dimmable products

When we refer to dimmable products within the lighting sector, and in this case dimmable LED lights, we are talking about luminaires that have the ability to modify their light intensity.

 

This feature provides more precise control over the lighting, allowing the environment to be adapted to different needs and preferences.

 

Innovation in dimmable lighting

In this context, Actilum is committed to providing advanced solutions that not only meet quality standards, but also anticipate and satisfy the changing demands of the market.

 

Energy saving

Dimmable LED technology plays a major role in energy savings by providing more precise control over light intensity.

 

Extended luminaire life

By reducing the luminous intensity, the thermal load on the lamps is reduced, which can extend their lifetime. This means that lamps need to be replaced less frequently, which in turn contributes to saving resources.

 

Overall, dimmable technology offers more efficient and sustainable lighting management, resulting in significant energy savings and a reduction in associated costs.

Lighting with dimmable technology
Residential environments

Living rooms
Adjusting the light intensity in living rooms as needed creates a cosy atmosphere for relaxation or brighter lighting for social activities.

 

Bedrooms
Implement dimmers to create dimmed lighting at night to create an environment conducive to rest.

Commercial scenarios

Clothing shops
Controlling the intensity of light to highlight certain display areas enhances the shopping experience.

 

Restaurants
Adapting lighting to create different atmospheres during the day and night provides a more enjoyable dining experience.

Workspaces

Offices
Regulating lighting in work areas reduces glare on computer screens and promotes a comfortable working environment.

 

Conference rooms
Adjusting light intensity during presentations optimises visibility and attention.

Entertainment industry

Theatres
Using dimmers to control stage lighting helps to create dramatic effects by adapting the light to different scenes.

 

TV studios
Adjusting lighting in real time during filming highlights specific details and creates different moods.

Outdoor lighting

Gardens and patios
Installing dimmers to adjust the intensity of outdoor lighting contributes to the creation of a relaxed atmosphere by highlighting landscape features.

 

Building facades
Controlling architectural lighting helps to highlight details of the structure or change the appearance of the building during special events.

 

These examples illustrate how dimming can be applied in a variety of environments, providing flexibility and customisation in electrical lighting management.

 

Our vision
The term “dimmable” not only describes a technical feature in the world of lighting, but represents a significant advance in the control and customisation of light.

 

Actilum, as a leader in innovation, continues to illuminate the future by offering dimmable solutions that go beyond expectations, providing exceptional lighting control in every application.

 

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Chromatic coordinates after 6,000h

Chromatic coordinates allow us to precisely identify the colorimetric characteristics of a light source.

 

The exact position of the coordinate is defined in X and Y within a graph defined at its ends by the basic RGB colors.

 

Over time (thousands of hours), these coordinates shift from their origin causing the LED to emit a color different from the original.

In professional LEDs this color variation is not noticeable to the human eye.

Luminous flux maintenance

Luminous flux maintenance in LED technologies

Luminous flux is a fundamental concept in the field of lighting, representing a quantitative measure of the amount of visible light emitted by a light source in all directions and perceived by the human eye. It is measured in lumens (lm), which is the unit of the International System of Units applied to this criterion. This concept is highly relevant to understanding how different light sources illuminate spaces and how that light is perceived by humans.

 

Measurement and units

The lumen (lm), as a unit of measurement, takes into account not only the amount of light power generated by the light source but also the sensitivity of the human eye to different wavelengths of light. Light of different colors does not contribute equally to the total luminous flux due to variability in the sensitivity of the human eye across the visible spectrum; for example, the eye is more sensitive to green light than to red or blue light.

A technical approach

The maintenance of the luminous flux emitted by a luminaire is the evaluation of the long-term performance of LED light sources.

 

The degradation of the luminous capacity of LED luminaires, i.e. the gradual decrease in the amount of light emitted over time, is a phenomenon inherent to these devices.


About the L70 standard

The lifetime of an LED luminaire has been standardized in the industry to refer to the point at which the luminous capacity of the LED is reduced to 70% of its initial light output. This threshold, known as L70, has become an industry benchmark, providing a common framework for comparing the durability and luminous efficiency of LED products.

 

The specification of 50,000 hours until L70 is reached is indicative of extended life, suggesting that, under normal operating conditions, an LED luminaire can maintain a functional light output for a significant period before replacement or maintenance is required due to luminous degradation.

Exceeding the standard

The importance of L90

While the L70 standard provides a basis for evaluating LED performance over time, some products on the market exceed this benchmark (backlink ?), exhibiting slower rates of luminous degradation.

 

These products reach the L90 threshold, which means that they retain 90% of their initial luminous capacity after a specified period, which is usually also 50,000 hours, although this may vary.

 

Some products even exceed L90, offering even lower degradation and thus higher retention of their luminous flux over time.

 

Technical and economic considerations of L90

The selection of LED luminaires that exceed the L70 standard and achieve L90 or higher has significant implications from both a technical and economic perspective.

 

From a technical standpoint, a lower rate of luminous degradation ensures a more consistent quality of light over the life of the product. This is especially critical in applications where color uniformity and color accuracy are paramount.

 

In economic terms, although products that achieve L90 may represent a higher initial investment, the slower LED luminous flux decay means that their effective lifetime is longer, reducing the frequency with which they need to be replaced. This can result in significant savings in terms of maintenance and replacement costs over time.

 

Maximizing efficiency and sustainability with L90+

Luminous flux maintenance is a determining factor in evaluating the long-term performance and economic sustainability of LED lighting solutions.

 

The standardization of L70 has provided a valuable yardstick for measuring luminous degradation, while the existence of products that achieve L90 or higher offers advanced options for applications requiring higher luminous flux retention and operational efficiency.


Careful selection of LED luminaires, taking into account their performance in terms of lumen maintenance, is essential to maximize the efficiency, sustainability and economic viability of long-term lighting projects.

 

Our approach

Our focus is on exceeding established industry standards, such as L70, to deliver products that not only meet but exceed expectations for performance, efficiency and sustainability.


With a portfolio that includes options that achieve L90 or higher, we strive to ensure that each luminaire provides superior light quality, exceptional durability and reduced lumen maintenance over its lifetime.

 

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High Efficiency

High Efficiency Lighting Technology

More Light, Less Consumption

In the search for solutions to maximize the performance of lighting systems, Actilum presents its High-Efficiency lighting technology.

 

This development represents the ability to achieve a significant advance in the reduction of energy consumption without sacrificing the essential luminosity to achieve the desired result.

Simplicity and robustness

40% more efficient than conventional LEDs

Actilum’s High-Efficiency systems are distinguished by their simplicity and robustness, exceeding the efficiency of conventional LED systems by 40%.

 

This achievement translates directly into 30% to 40% lower energy consumption.

 

Lower voltage drop, longer life

A key aspect of our improvement to achieve this goal lies in increasing the amount of copper in the circuits.

 

This optimization has reduced voltage drops, improving stability and extending system life.

Less heat, less consumption, lower cost

40% additional energy efficiency

When we talk about High Efficiency in lighting, we are referring not only to superior performance but also to a more effective management of the heat generated.

 

Our systems guarantee a 40% decrease in heat production, which translates directly into 30 to 40% less energy consumption to maintain the same luminous flux.

High Efficiency Power Supplies for Lighting Systems

High-efficiency power supplies, designed to operate in the 40 to 60-volt range, stand out as key elements in advanced lighting systems.

 

Combining efficiency and versatility, these power supplies offer energy-efficient solutions that can be tailored to the specific needs of each application.

 

They ensure efficient conversion of electrical energy to light, minimizing losses and maximizing energy utilization.

 

Programming from milliamps

The ability to program the power supply at milliamp levels allows detailed control over the current supplied to the lighting system.

 

This is essential for adjusting the luminous intensity and optimizing energy consumption according to specific needs.

 

Control from Actilum or user PC
Flexibility is a priority

 

These power supplies can be programmed from Actilum or directly from the user’s PC.


The software provided by the manufacturer allows precise configurations and adaptability to the changing demands of the lighting environment.

Strategy in the use of electronic components

The constant search for energy efficiency has led to a significant evolution in circuit design, specifically in the selective elimination of key electronic components, such as resistors and diodes among others.

 

This approach is based on the premise that certain components are no longer needed in the circuit, which contributes to energy efficiency by eliminating unnecessary heat generation.

 

This decision is based on the evolution of power supplies. In this new paradigm, the power supply no longer “attacks” the system voltage, but is oriented towards current (mA).

 

This modification in energy management transforms the power supply into a more adaptable element to the system, adjusting dynamically, and varying the mA according to the specific needs of the system.

High Efficiency Systems vs Conventional

Difference between effective and efficient examples

The difference between efficacy/efficiency is as follows:

 

Luminous efficiency is defined as the ratio of emitted light to total energy consumption, while luminous efficacy refers to the ability of a light source to transform electrical energy into luminous energy.

 

Luminous efficiency

An LED lamp with a luminous efficacy of 100 lm/W means that it emits 100 lumens of visible light for every watt of electrical energy it consumes.

 

The higher the lm/W value, the more efficient the bulb is in terms of converting energy into light.

 

Luminous effectiveness

Imagine two different light bulbs, both with a luminous efficacy of 80 lm/W. Both convert the same amount of electrical energy into light efficiently. However, one of these bulbs might emit the light in a more focused and directed manner, while the other might scatter the light more widely.

 

Depending on how the initial requirements are met towards one or the other way of lighting, that will be the efficiency of that light source.

 

Efficiency formula

The general formula for calculating efficiency is expressed as the ratio of desired (or useful) output to total input.

 

Luminous Efficiency = Luminous flux (lumens) \ Electrical power consumed (watts)

 

The higher the result, the higher the luminous efficiency of the light source.

So which luminaire is most efficient?

Determining the efficiency of a luminaire depends on several factors, including the type of technology used, the specific application and the lighting objectives.

 

Halogen bulbs
– Efficiency: low
– Halogen bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs, with a typical efficiency of around 15-25 lm/W.

 

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
– Efficiency: moderate.
– CFLs are more efficient than incandescent, with typical values of 50-70 lm/W.


LED lights
– Efficiency: High.
– LED lights are known for their high efficiency. They can easily exceed 100 lm/W and even reach values above 150 lm/W in some applications.

 

Redefining the future of lighting

At Actilum, High Efficiency is not just a feature; it is the tangible breakthrough that redefines the future of LED lighting.

 

Our systems not only represent a technical achievement in exceeding light output standards but embody a solid commitment to sustainability and innovation.

 

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CRI

Colour Rendering Index CRI or CRI

Colour rendering index

Sunlight as a reference standard establishes the importance of the Colour Rendering Index (CRI), an essential technical measure for evaluating the quality of light sources.

 

The CRI provides highly relevant information on the ability of a light source to faithfully reproduce the colours of an object, compared to sunlight.

Colour rendering accuracy

Colour rendering accuracy is a fundamental factor in the design and implementation of lighting systems.

The Color Rendering Index (CRI) becomes an essential tool when evaluating this aspect.

 

The higher the CRI value associated with a light source, the greater its ability to accurately display the true colours of illuminated objects.

 

The CRI, expressed on a scale from 0 to 100, is directly related to colour fidelity. A higher value implies that the light source has an improved ability to faithfully reproduce colours as they would be in natural sunlight.

 

This parameter not only indicates the quality of the emitted light, but also results in a more realistic and accurate representation of objects in the illuminated environment.

 

Accurate colour rendering not only enhances the visual experience, but also contributes to efficiency and productivity in professional environments.

 

In medical, laboratory applications or any situation where accurate colour identification is essential, the choice of high CRI light sources becomes a determining criterion.

 

Visually authentic

CRI is not only relevant in spot environments, but also plays an essential role in visual perception and accurate colour identification in various applications.

 

In an environment where visual accuracy is essential, such as commercial or design spaces like a photo studio or a clothing shop, where product presentation is paramount, the selection of light sources with a high CRI becomes critical.

 

The colours of products, artwork or any visual element will be presented more authentically, allowing observers to perceive them with the same richness and detail as under natural light.

The LED LRC in project planning

Colour sampling and objective comparison

To assess the colour rendering quality of a light source, standard colour samples are used, comparing the appearance under artificial illumination with its appearance under a natural light source such as the sun.

 

This process provides an objective assessment of colour fidelity.

 

Considering the CRI in planning with LED lighting ensures the colour fidelity of illuminated objects and helps to create more accurate and pleasing visual environments.

Light sources with high CRI

Examples

The adoption of light sources with a CRI higher than 90 results in more natural and realistic colours, thus improving the visual quality of the illuminated spaces significantly.

 

Lighting in an art gallery

Without high CRI

By using light sources with a standard CRI, works of art can lose some of their original vibrant colour palette. Reds may appear dull, and blues may not stand out in the desired way.

 

With high CRI

By incorporating light sources with a higher CRI, accurate colour rendering is achieved, allowing gallery visitors to appreciate paintings with natural, realistic colours, just as the artists intended.

 

Lighting in a Clothing Store

No high CRI

Poor lighting can affect the perception of clothing colours in a shop. The shades of fabrics may not be true to reality, which can influence customers’ purchasing decisions.

 

With high CRI

By using light sources with high CRI, clothing is presented accurately and with realistic colours.

This not only improves shop aesthetics, but also helps customers make more informed purchasing decisions by seeing garment colours authentically.

 

These examples highlight how the choice of high CRI light sources not only enhances visual aesthetics, but also influences perception and decision making in different environments, from art galleries to retail spaces.

 

Our task

At Actilum the meaning of authenticity is reflected in the constant search for lighting solutions that not only meet technical standards, but also contribute effectively to the creation of precise and natural visual environments.

 

In this context, meticulous attention to CRI becomes a fundamental pillar in our philosophy, ensuring that our proposals not only illuminate, but also faithfully reproduce the chromatic richness of spaces, thus elevating the visual experience of our clients.

 

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Light beam

Light Beam, a technical look

Starting point of light rays

In the formation of a light beam, the light rays share a common origin. This is achieved through the use of point or directional light sources.

 

These sources are essential for the creation of light beams with specific properties and are useful in the design of optical devices and lighting systems.

Light propagates but does not scatter

Light beam meaning

From a scientific perspective, a “beam of light” is described by the principles of optics and the electromagnetic theory of light. Here is a more detailed scientific explanation:

 

Wave nature of light

According to the wave theory, light propagates in the form of electromagnetic waves. In the case of a light beam, these waves are emitted from a source and propagate through space.

 

Phase coherence

A coherent light beam is characterised by phase coherence, which means that the electromagnetic waves that make up the beam have constant phases with respect to each other.

 

This results in directional propagation and the ability to form constructive interference patterns.

 

Point light sources or specific directions

A light beam can originate from point light sources, such as a laser, where photons are emitted coherently. It can also be formed by the specific direction of light through optical elements, such as lenses or mirrors.

 

Non-scattering propagation in a light beam means that the rays maintain a constant direction as they travel.

This phenomenon is essential for uniform light distribution.

 

In practical applications, the ability to control non-scattering propagation is used in efficient lighting systems.

Here are some examples

LED torch

The light emitted by an LED torch is an example of a bright beam of light. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) generate a focused beam that is useful in dark environments.

 

Cinema projector

In a cinema projector, light from the lamp is focused through a series of lenses to create a beam of light that projects the image onto a screen.

 

Presentation laser

Laser pointers used in presentations generate beams of light to point out information on screens or surfaces.

 

Automotive headlight

Modern automotive headlamps often use bright beams of light, such as LED projectors, to provide more efficient and focused illumination on the road.

 

Stage lamps

In theatrical lighting, stage lamps generate beams of light that are specifically aimed at areas of a stage to highlight actors or scenic elements.

 

These examples illustrate how the light beam concept is applied in various technologies and situations to achieve specific lighting effects.

Optimum illumination
Understanding the light beam has practical applications. In the design of architectural lighting systems, it is used to highlight specific features and minimise energy losses.
Technological potential

The careful study of the light beam is a fundamental element in driving innovations in various disciplines.

 

Its influence extends to the improvement of lighting systems, with a focus on maximising efficiency and reducing energy consumption.

 

The application of these principles transforms the way we illuminate our environments.

Innovation

At Actilum, this detailed research into the light beam not only guides our focus on lighting efficiency, but also influences our pursuit of innovations in fields as diverse as energy management and sustainable environment design.

 

This in-depth knowledge becomes an essential resource as we explore creative ways to apply light in practical solutions that go beyond conventional lighting, driving our ongoing commitment to developing technologies that align with the changing demands of an ever-evolving world.

 

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Tp Max.

LED temperature optimization (TP MAX)

The efficiency and durability of LED (light emitting diode) lighting systems are intrinsically linked to their ability to manage and dissipate the heat generated during operation.

 

The maximum allowable operating temperature for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is typically 40°C, although certain manufacturers and models can tolerate up to 65°C.

 

It should be clarified that we refer to the general system and ambient temperature scale (measured in degrees Celsius) and not to the LED color temperature (measured in Kelvin).

 

However, luminaires, comprising both the LED and its electronic and structural assembly, can experience heatsink temperatures of up to 90°C and electronic components of between 60°C to 80°C.

 

This white paper focuses on elucidating the challenges and solutions in the thermal management of LED lighting systems.

 

Impact of Temperature on LED Efficiency

LED performance is significantly affected by high temperatures. These adverse effects include reduced luminous efficiency (lumens per watt), change in color output (chromatic shift), and decreased device lifetime.

These consequences result from the alteration in the physical and chemical properties of the semiconductor materials that make up the LED under high-temperature conditions.

Relationship between lumen vs. temperature

Heat dissipation strategies

Heat sink design

The heat sink is a critical component in the design of LED luminaires, responsible for transferring the heat generated by the LED to the surrounding environment.

 

The selection of materials with high thermal conductivity, such as aluminum or copper, is fundamental. In addition, the geometric design of the heatsink, including its size, shape, and air contact surface, must be optimized to maximize heat dissipation by natural or forced convection.

 

Electronic power management

Optimization of the electronic circuitry powering the LED can contribute significantly to the reduction of heat generation. The use of high-efficiency LED drivers that minimize energy losses in the form of heat during power conversion is essential. In addition, the implementation of intelligent dimming strategies can reduce the operating time at full power, thereby reducing heat generation.

Our approach

Effective temperature management is critical to maximizing the efficiency, color rendering, and lifetime of LED lighting systems.


Careful heat sink design, proper selection of thermal interface materials, and optimization of power electronics are key strategies to combat the negative effects of high temperatures on LEDs.


Through the implementation of these strategies, it is possible to develop LED lighting solutions that not only meet performance and energy efficiency requirements but also ensure long-term sustainability and reliability.

Our commitment

At Actilum, we design and manufacture products with high luminous efficiency and superior design, while comprehensively addressing thermal management challenges.


Our innovation focuses on improving heat dissipation to increase the durability and efficiency of our lighting systems.

 

Thanks to a team of specialized engineers who use simulations and testing to optimize thermal design, along with a meticulous selection of effective materials and heat sinks, we ensure optimal performance and extended life of our products, mitigating the adverse impacts of heat.

Energy efficiency and sustainability

Our power control systems are not only designed to minimize heat generation but also to reduce energy consumption, thus offering environmentally friendly and economically efficient lighting solutions.

 

At Actilum, we continue to innovate and perfect our products, ensuring that every lighting solution that leaves our production line not only meets but exceeds our customers’ expectations in terms of performance, reliability and environmental responsibility.

 

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Lifespan

Lifetime of an electronic product

Efficient and conscious technological innovation

In the age of advanced technology, where electronic products have become indispensable in our daily lives, understanding their service life is very important.


The durability of an electronic product not only establishes the period during which it can perform its functions effectively, but is also an indicator of the quality and sustainability inherent in its design and manufacturing process.


From smartphones to home automation devices, every electronic component is subject to an effective operating period after which its performance may begin to decline.


This lifespan is influenced by multiple factors, including the quality of the materials, the engineering of the product, the use and maintenance it receives, as well as the operating environment.


Therefore, when calculating the lifetime of an electronic product, such as a luminaire or LED bulb, etc., we enter a realm of analysis of the factors that influence it, ranging from physical reliability and performance as well as its heat dissipation, luminous flux and power consumption, among others.


This knowledge is not only vital for consumers to make informed decisions, but also for manufacturers and designers looking to create durable and environmentally responsible products.

Example of lifespan of an electronic product

Lifetime of LED lights

In the field of lighting, LED technology has made its mark in terms of efficiency and durability. However, to fully understand the lifetime of an LED luminaire, it is essential to delve into the technical factors that determine it.

Factors affecting the service life of an LED lamp

Deterioration due to aging

Over time, the electronic components of an LED light source undergo natural wear and tear. This process is gradual and manifests itself in reduced luminous efficiency and changes in the quality of the light emitted.

 

Accumulation of dust or dirt on optical parts

LEDs, like any other lighting device, are susceptible to dust and dirt accumulation. This coating can interfere with luminous efficacy and light distribution, affecting overall product performance.

 

Oxidation of luminaire internals

Oxidation of internal components, especially in humid or corrosive environments, can deteriorate the quality of light and reduce the life of the LED.

 

Temperature variations

LEDs are extremely sensitive to changes in ambient temperatures.

 

Excessive heat can cause premature aging, while very low temperatures can affect light output.

 

Installation failures

Improper installation can cause premature failure for an LED to perform. This includes everything from poor electrical connection to choosing an inappropriate location for the fixture’s placement.

 

Evaluating the optimal life of LEDs

To estimate the lifetime of an LED product, the parameter known as “L70” is used. This indicates the point at which the luminous output of the LED is reduced to 70% of its original value, at which point significant luminous depreciation is considered to have begun. This criterion is widely accepted in the lighting industry for measuring the lifetime of LEDs.

 

Maintenance and optimization

To maximize the lifetime of an LED product, it is critical to consider proper maintenance. This includes regular cleaning to prevent dust accumulation and checking the condition of the fixture. In addition, factors such as proper thermal control and protection against moisture and oxidation should be considered.

 

Switching on and off

In the specific case of LED lighting, although they are notably more resistant to the effects of frequent switching on and off compared to traditional lighting technologies such as incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, they are not completely exempt from impact.


However, degradation is much less pronounced, as LEDs do not rely on filaments or components that wear out as quickly with on/off cycling.

Actilum LED lighting

Quality, sustainability and efficiency for the future

At Actilum, our dedication goes beyond simply meeting quality requirements. We understand that investing in LED lighting is a long-term decision for our customers, and therefore, we focus on providing products that are not only durable and efficient, but also environmentally friendly and economically viable.

 

Our LED product range is designed with both functionality and sustainability in mind. We use the highest quality materials to ensure that each product is not only durable and reliable, but also contributes to a reduced carbon footprint. This commitment to sustainability is reflected in lower energy consumption and reduced operating costs over time, key benefits that our customers value greatly.

 

In addition, at Actilum we are aware that LED technology is constantly evolving. As such, we keep up to date with the latest innovations and market trends, ensuring that our products are not only cutting-edge at the time of launch, but also remain relevant and effective well into the future. This means that by choosing Actilum, our customers are investing in a lighting solution that will not only meet their current needs, but will also be ready to adapt to future changes and developments.

 

Finally, we understand that every space and every client is unique. That’s why we offer customized solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of each project. Our team of experts works closely with clients to understand their requirements and provide lighting solutions that are not only efficient and durable, but also enhance the aesthetics of the space where they are installed.

 

At Actilum, we firmly believe that quality, durability, efficiency and customization are not only features of our products, but the fundamental pillars on which our reputation is built. We are committed to being a leader in the LED lighting industry, offering solutions that our customers can trust will be a smart investment now and in the future.

 

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LED color

In LED lighting, the colour temperature emitted by a light source plays a fundamental role in defining the essence of the light that surrounds us.

 

This parameter, measured in degrees Kelvin (K), shows us a range of tones from warm, pleasant light to cold, stimulating light.

 

In this article, we explain the significance of LED colour temperature and its impact on our everyday visual experiences.

 

The fundamental principles of colour temperature in LED technology.

 

The basis of LED colour temperature goes back to a fascinating physical principle: the behaviour of a black body when heated.

 

 

When this body is subjected to an increase in temperature, it emits light, and the shade of this light varies according to the temperature in degrees Kelvin.

 

It is this luminous diversity that gives rise to the tones that we perceive as warm, neutral and cool light colour in LED luminaires.

 

It is essential to understand that colour temperature not only affects the aesthetic appearance of light, but also influences psychological and emotional aspects.

 

Light emitted in warm tones can induce a cosy and relaxing feeling, as opposed to cold light, which tends to intensify concentration and alertness.

 

Manufacture of LED colour temperature luminaires

The production of LED lamps involves the precise application of chemical combinations in a process that demands specific skills in the manipulation and mixing of compounds.

 

The efficacy of LED light bulbs is based on the meticulous combination of chemical compounds during their manufacturing process. Each compound plays a specific role in light emission, and the selection of these components is decisive for the final colour temperature of the device.

 

At Actilum, LED lighting engineers and designers work to create combinations that suit various environments and needs.

 

From the warmth that brightens a living room to the clarity that boosts productivity in a workspace, colour temperature becomes a versatile tool for customising the lighting experience.

Practical applications in everyday life

The distinction between cool, neutral and warm light in lighting plays an essential role in creating specific moods.

 

The cool white light (5000-6500K) with a higher colour temperature emits a bright and stimulating light, ideal for environments where greater visibility and concentration is sought, such as work areas.

 

 

On the other hand, neutral light (3500-5000K) offers a balanced light, suitable for versatile environments such as offices and shops.

 

Meanwhile, warm white (2700-3500K) with a lower colour temperature provides a soft and cosy light, perfect for relaxing and convivial spaces such as living rooms.

 

The choice between these shades allows the lighting to be adapted to the specific needs of each space, thus contributing to the creation of personalised and comfortable visual experiences.

 

Colour temperature in LED lighting as an essential tool in lighting design.

 

LED colour temperature is not just a technical detail, but a powerful tool that influences our perception of our surroundings.

 

 

From the science behind it to the practical applications in our daily lives, colour temperature is positioned as an essential element in modern lighting design.

 

By understanding and appreciating the complexity of LED colour temperature, we can take full advantage of its benefits, creating illuminated spaces that not only meet functional needs, but also elevate our visual experiences to new heights.

 

In the world of LED lighting, colour temperature is not just an aesthetic choice, but a tool that shapes our environment and transforms the way we live and work.

 

Our approach

At Actilum we emphasise LED colour temperature as a fundamental element in our approach to lighting design.

 

We understand the significant influence this parameter has on the creation of exceptional visual environments and experiences.

 

We value the versatility offered by LED colour temperature as a means to meet the aesthetic and functional expectations of our customers, offering customised and efficient solutions.

LED colour temperature is not simply a technical aspect, but a dynamic tool that enhances creativity and functionality in the creation of exceptional lighting environments.

 

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Luz directa

Backlight

eficiencia

Efficiency lm/W

Luminous efficiency or luminous efficacy (lm/W) is the measure for evaluating the performance of light sources, especially in the context of technologies such as LED luminaires.

This indicator is defined, for example, as the quotient or ratio between the luminous flux of a lamp, measured in lumens, and the electrical power consumed.

Lighting sustainability

Less energy, more light

When a light source, such as LED lamps, operates with high luminous efficiency and adequate power, it means that it is generating more light with less electrical energy.

This efficiency is essential because energy that is not converted into light is dissipated as heat. Consequently, higher luminous efficiency means less energy wasted in the form of heat and higher efficiency in terms of luminous flux emitted.

Luminous efficiency formula

Luminous efficiency (lm/W) is calculated by dividing the luminous flux, expressed in lumens, by the power consumed, measured in watts. This simple but powerful formula gives us a direct quantitative indicator of how much light is produced for each unit of electrical energy used.

In other words, the formula is expressed as:

Luminous Efficiency (lm/W) = Luminous Flux (lm) / Power Consumption (W)

Understanding each component of this equation is essential.

Luminous flux represents the total amount of visible light emitted by the light source, measured in lumens.

On the other hand, the power consumed is the amount of electrical energy used by the light source, measured in watts.

Luminous efficiency therefore gives a clear picture of how much light is being produced for each watt of electricity consumed.

Practical applications

Luminous efficiency examples

Understanding the luminous efficiency of LEDs is fundamental to the design of efficient and sustainable lighting systems.

Traditional incandescent bulb:

  • Luminous flux: 800 lumens
  • Power Consumption: 60 watts
  • Luminous Efficiency: 800/ 60 = 13.33 (lumens per watt lm/W)

High efficiency LED:

  • Luminous flux: 1200 lumens
  • Power Consumption: 10 watts
  • Luminous Efficiency: 1200/10 = 120 lm/W


High pressure halogen floodlight

  • Luminous flux: 500 lumens
  • Power Consumption: 50 watts
  • Luminous Efficiency: 500/50 = 10 lm/W

More advanced technologies, such as LEDs, tend to offer much higher luminous efficacies compared to older technologies, such as incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs.


Higher luminous efficacy indicates that more light is being generated with less energy consumption, which is essential for efficient and sustainable lighting.

Responsibility for efficiency, sustainability and innovation

At Actilum, we recognise the importance of luminous efficiency as a key element in creating state-of-the-art lighting solutions.

Our dedication to luminous efficiency and performance translates not only into the careful selection of technologies such as high-performance LEDs, but also into the intelligent design of lighting systems that maximise light output while minimising energy consumption.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the luminous efficiency of our products, adopting technological innovations and design strategies that optimise the balance between luminous flux and energy consumption.

This approach not only aligns with today’s sustainability standards, but also ensures that our customers experience lighting solutions that go beyond conventional efficiency.

Specialised advice on your LED lighting projects

At Actilum, we understand that every project has unique requirements. That’s why our team of experts not only provide leading LED luminous efficacy products, but also offer expert advice.

Measurable results

We believe in the importance of measuring results. That’s why we implement accurate metrics to evaluate the luminous efficiency of our projects.

This not only allows us to ensure optimum performance, but also gives our customers peace of mind that they are investing in lighting solutions with real and measurable impact.

Our commitment

Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond luminous efficiency. We consider aspects such as the lifespan of our products, the use of environmentally friendly materials and the responsible management of resources.

We are firmly committed to leading the way towards a future where lighting is not only efficient, but also environmentally friendly.

We are available for questions regarding this and other topics related to your new lighting projects.

 

Ejemplo de eficiencia luminosa (lm/W)

Lumen

Lumen meaning: unit of the International System of Measurement, which is used to quantify luminous flux. A precise measure of the luminous intensity emitted by a light source..

Lux and lumen

Technical lighting concepts

Lumen as a seemingly simple concept is often intertwined with another term: Lux (lx).

 

It is important to understand the difference between lumen vs. lux for an accurate technical understanding in the field of lighting.

 

Mathematical relationship
Lux is equal to lumen per square metre

The relationship between lumen and lux is remarkable for its mathematical simplicity.

 

One lux is equivalent to one lumen per square metre. This direct connection between the two units enables an effective assessment of lighting in quantitative and technical terms.

 

The mathematical relationship between lux and lumen per square metre is essential to understand how the light emitted directly affects a specific surface.

 

Lux (lx), being the unit of illuminance measurement, provides valuable information about the amount of light incident on a given area. This concept becomes even more significant when it is recognised that one lux is equivalent to one lumen per square metre.

 

Practical example

 

To illustrate this, consider a practical example: if a lamp emits 500 lumens and that light is evenly distributed over an area of 1 square metre, the illuminance at that point would be 500 lux.

 

 

This direct relationship allows lighting professionals to precisely calculate the amount of luminous flux emitted by a light source to meet the specific requirements of a space, thus ensuring optimal levels of visible light.

 

The lumen-to-lux ratio per square metre is also critical in the design of efficient and customised lighting systems.

 

By understanding this connection, engineers can adjust the power of the light sources and their distribution to achieve uniform and appropriate illumination according to the particular needs of each environment.

 

 

This mathematical approach provides a quantitative basis for informed decision making in the design and implementation of lighting projects, ensuring not only a well-lit environment, but also efficient energy utilisation.

 

Ultimately, the lux-to-lumen ratio per square metre is not only a technical component, but a key tool for optimisation and efficiency in the field of lighting.

 

Lumen and Lux as fundamentals for optimal performance in technical lighting

Lumen and lux are two intrinsically connected but distinct concepts in the world of technical lighting.

 

Understanding the connection between the two units establishes a robust basis for the planning and realisation of lighting projects, ensuring efficient results and optimal luminous efficacy.

 

Our focus is on excellence and innovation.

We are committed to providing lighting solutions with the highest quality standards.

 

At Actilum, we are committed to focusing on efficiency and advanced technology as we seek to provide lighting solutions that excel in performance, while promoting sustainability and well-being.

 

Our approach translates into a constant refinement of products that are aligned with the principles of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

 

We work to integrate innovations that not only improve lighting performance, but also contribute to the creation of more sustainable and comfortable environments.

 

At Actilum, the mission to light the future involves not only providing high quality light, but also leading the way towards responsible solutions that benefit communities and the planet.

 

We are available for questions about your next project!

 

Consumption

Relationship between consumption and price kw/h

In the contemporary world, electricity consumption has become a fundamental aspect of our daily lives, shaping the way we use and understand energy.

In this context, the term Electricity Consumption is an essential element in understanding the magnitude of our energy footprint.

We will examine the definition and importance of this concept, as well as recent changes to energy labelling in the European Union that have transformed the way we assess the efficiency of our electrical devices.

In addition, we will dive into the specificity of energy efficiency in lighting products, deciphering how our everyday choices can influence not only our bills, but also environmental sustainability.

What is the definition of this concept?

 

Kilowatt hours (kw/h)
Electricity consumption is defined as the amount of energy or power demanded during a specific period. The unit of measurement used to quantify this consumption is the kilowatt-hour (kW/h). This term refers to the energy consumed or power used during one hour.

It is essential to understand and efficiently manage our resources by knowing how much energy we use and how long we use it for.

In the dynamic landscape of electricity consumption, the price per kilowatt hour (kWh) is positioned as a determining factor.

Electricity prices fluctuate on the regulated market, directly influencing the electricity tariffs applied to our electricity consumption.

The unit of measurement, kilowatts (kW), plays a central role in the electricity bill, reflecting both consumption and the associated fixed price.

In this context, time discriminating tariffs introduce a strategic dimension, adjusting electricity prices according to the time zone.

Exploring PVPC tariff options and understanding variations in electricity prices throughout the day becomes essential to optimise consumption and efficiently manage costs.

Ultimately, making informed decisions about electricity tariffs and energy consumption translates directly into a more balanced electricity bill.

PVPC

PVPC is the acronym for Voluntary Price for the Small Consumer. This electricity tariff system, common in Spain, sets electricity prices in a regulated manner and applies to domestic consumers and small businesses.

Under the PVPC, prices vary throughout the day, reflecting supply and demand in the wholesale electricity market. This variability allows users to benefit from lower tariffs at times of lower demand, thus encouraging efficient management of electricity consumption and adaptation to market conditions.

The implementation of the PVPC aims to provide transparency and fairness in pricing for residential consumers and small businesses.

Changes to the energy label

From 1 March 2021, the European Union has implemented significant changes to the energy label, with the aim of optimising understanding and efficiency.

The “A+++, A++ and A+” categories for products were eliminated, establishing a common scale ranging from A to G. This measure aims to provide a clearer and more consistent classification for all rescaled products.

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These changes not only simplify decision-making for consumers, but also drive manufacturers to improve the efficiency of their products.

Energy rating

In the specific case of lighting products, efficiency plays a crucial role in determining their energy rating.

The rule applied is based on luminous efficacy, measured in lumens per watt (lm/W). How much light a device produces in relation to the amount of energy consumed is the key factor for its classification.

This means that, when choosing a luminaire or any other lighting device, we are not only considering how bright it is, but also how much energy it consumes to provide that light.

Choosing the right product

Opting for more energy-efficient products not only benefits our wallet in the long run, but also contributes to sustainability and reduced environmental impact.

Understanding electricity consumption and energy efficiency is essential in today’s age.

The revision of the energy label in the European Union is a significant step towards simplification and the promotion of more efficient products.

By considering efficiency in lighting and other devices, we not only make informed choices, but also contribute to a more sustainable future.

Our commitment

Actilum is distinguished by its strong commitment to sustainability in all aspects of its operations and products.

From design to manufacturing, the company integrates eco-efficient practices to minimise its environmental impact.

We strive to develop lighting solutions that are not only aesthetically appealing and functionally advanced, but also environmentally friendly.

The use of cutting-edge technologies and meticulous attention to energy efficiency are tangible examples of our contribution to building a more sustainable future.

In addition, the company is committed to informing and educating its customers about the importance of making conscious choices regarding electricity consumption and lighting efficiency, thus fostering a community committed to the preservation of the ecosystem.

We are at your disposal for any questions you may have.

Energy rating according to consumption in lm/W

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≥ 210 lm/W

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De 185 a 210 lm/W

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De 160 a 185 lm/W

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De 135 a 160 lm/W

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De 110 a 135 lm/W

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De 85 a 110 lm/W

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< 85 lm/W

Voltage

Mesure et potentiel dans les circuits électriques

La tension, également connue sous le nom de différence de potentiel, apparaît comme une grandeur physique essentielle qui mesure la disparité du potentiel électrique entre deux points.

Tension électrique

La tension électrique est configurée comme une force qui fait circuler le courant dans le contexte des systèmes électriques. Nous abordons cette grandeur d’un point de vue technique et analytique, en reconnaissant le caractère unique de chaque différence de potentiel.

Une évaluation approfondie de ces différences est effectuée pour garantir l’efficacité de la mise en œuvre des projets dans le domaine de l’électricité.

Types de tension

Il existe deux principaux types de tension : la tension continue, présente dans les batteries et les circuits électroniques, et la tension alternative, caractérisée par une onde sinusoïdale et courante dans les systèmes de distribution d’électricité.

La capacité à comprendre et à manipuler les tensions continues et alternatives est essentielle dans les domaines de l’électrotechnique et de l’électronique.

Une mesure précise

Voltmètres

Pour quantifier la tension avec précision, on utilise des outils spécialisés tels que le voltmètre. Ces instruments de mesure permettent d’évaluer l’ampleur de la différence de potentiel et fournissent des informations précieuses pour la conception et la maintenance des systèmes électriques. La précision des mesures est essentielle pour garantir des performances fiables et sûres.

Unité de mesure

Volt

Le volt est l’unité de mesure SI qui quantifie la différence de potentiel électrique entre deux points d’un circuit électrique. Un volt est défini comme l’énergie consommée par un courant électrique d’un ampère traversant une résistance d’un ohm.

En termes plus simples, le volt mesure la force ou la pression avec laquelle le courant électrique circule dans un système. Il est essentiel pour comprendre et gérer le comportement électrique dans divers appareils et applications.

Analyse des variations de tension

Dans chaque projet, Actilum ne se contente pas de reconnaître ce qu’est la tension électrique en tant que grandeur physique, mais l’aborde avec une compréhension profonde et une attention méticuleuse.

Les variations de tension désignent les oscillations de l’amplitude de la différence de potentiel électrique dans un circuit. Ces variations, mesurées en volts, peuvent être positives ou négatives et sont essentielles pour comprendre la stabilité et les performances des systèmes électriques.

Loi d’Ohm

La loi d’Ohm établit la relation fondamentale entre le courant électrique (I), la résistance électrique (R) et la tension (V) dans un circuit électrique.

Selon cette loi, le courant (I) qui traverse un conducteur est directement proportionnel à la tension appliquée (V) et inversement proportionnel à la résistance (R) du conducteur.

La formule mathématique qui représente la loi d’Ohm est I = V/R.

En d’autres termes, le courant augmente avec une augmentation de la tension ou diminue avec une augmentation de la résistance. La loi d’Ohm est essentielle pour comprendre et calculer les relations électriques dans les circuits et constitue un outil fondamental dans l’ingénierie électrique et électronique.

Sources d’énergie

Dans les systèmes d’éclairage, les sources électriques jouent un rôle essentiel en fournissant l’énergie nécessaire aux luminaires. Quelques sources électriques courantes utilisées dans les systèmes d’éclairage sont décrites ici :

Alimentations conventionnelles

Ces sources alimentent en électricité les luminaires classiques, tels que les ampoules à incandescence ou les lampes fluorescentes. Elles fonctionnent à des tensions et des courants spécifiques en fonction des besoins de chaque type de luminaire.

Pilotes de LED

Spécifiquement pour l’éclairage par LED, les pilotes régulent le courant et la tension fournis aux diodes électroluminescentes (LED), assurant ainsi leur fonctionnement efficace et durable.

Alimentations régulées

Ils fournissent un courant constant et stable, essentiel pour les luminaires sensibles aux variations de l’alimentation électrique. Ils contribuent à maintenir des performances constantes et efficaces.

Actilum propose des solutions spécialisées et une approche minutieuse de la mise en œuvre des technologies électriques.
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Actilum™ Spectrum

Actilum Spectrum: Custom-made light spectra

What is a light spectrum?

A light spectrum is the distribution of radiant energy as a function of the wavelength of the electromagnetic radiations that compose it.

 

The electromagnetic spectrum encompasses all possible electromagnetic radiation, from the shortest wavelengths, such as gamma rays, to the longest wavelengths, such as radio waves.

 

White light, such as from the sun or an artificial source, is composed of a combination of electromagnetic radiations of different wavelengths within the visible range of the spectrum, i.e. those that the human eye is able to perceive.

 

This visible range goes from approximately 380 nanometers (nm) to 730 nm.

 

Within this range, electromagnetic radiation is perceived as different colors of light, ranging from red, through orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

 

Ultraviolet light, which has a shorter wavelength than visible light, is not perceptible by the human eye, but can be detected by special devices.

 

Above the visible range are shorter wavelength electromagnetic waves, such as X-rays and gamma rays.

Tailor-made spectra adapted for:

PLANTS

HUMANS

HEALTH

TEXTURES

PRODUCTS

FOOD

MAKEUP

A.I. VISION

Lighting customization for specific needs

In the world of lighting, customization is key to meeting the specific demands of various applications.

 

Actilum Spectrum, an essential part of our lighting laboratory, specializes in creating custom-designed light spectra to perfectly match the particular needs of each environment and application.

 

Optimizing plant growth

The ability to generate tailor-made light, both in the visible and non-visible light spectrum, opens up a range of possibilities that go beyond simple illumination.

 

Actilum Spectrum allows us to address a variety of needs and challenges in different fields, offering customized and efficient solutions that maximize the benefits of the right lighting.


Human well-being and natural environments

One of the main benefits of custom-created light is its ability to accelerate plant growth and development, which is especially valuable in controlled growing environments where production optimization is sought.

 

In addition, by prioritizing human health and well-being, Actilum Spectrum contributes to creating more natural spaces that can improve people’s quality of life.

 

Applications in health and aesthetics

In the field of health and aesthetics, personalized light has a significant impact. From improving skin and removing blemishes to sterilizing environments.

 

Actilum Spectrum offers solutions that go beyond conventional lighting. Likewise, in environments where highlighting the textures of materials and fabrics is crucial, our technology helps enhance details and improve visual appearance.

 

Highlighting specific elements

The ability to highlight specific elements such as linens and fluorescent inks, as well as enhance the visual appearance of foods such as fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, is critical in retail environments where presentation is key to attracting customers and highlighting product quality.

 

Precision in specialized applications

In sectors such as professional makeup and automated laboratory production, Actilum Spectrum provides the necessary precision in illumination to ensure optimal results and reduce errors.

 

This is especially important in machine vision systems where proper illumination is critical for optimal performance.

 

Evolution in customized illumination

Actilum Spectrum represents an evolution in customized lighting, offering solutions tailored to the specific needs of each application.

 

From agriculture to aesthetics, from the food industry to automated production, our technology allows you to take full advantage of the benefits of custom-designed light to improve efficiency, quality and well-being in a variety of environments.

 

Our Mission Statement

At Actilum, we understand the importance of tailoring light to the specific needs of each application, whether it is to optimize plant growth, improve human health or enhance efficiency in industrial environments.

 

That’s why our focus on creating tailor-made light spectra allows us to offer precise and effective solutions that make a difference in a variety of fields.

 

Learn more about us and make your inquiry to start your next LED lighting project.

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CCT

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) in LED Lighting

Introduction to CCT in Lighting

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) is a key metric in the dimmable LED lighting industry, especially in spaces where LED lighting control through color temperature adjustment is essential for task performance, visual comfort and aesthetics of the environment.

 

CCT is measured in degrees Kelvin (K) and describes the hue emitted by a light source, categorizing it within a spectrum ranging from warm to cool tones.

 

CCT regulation in advanced lighting technology

In the context of advanced lighting systems, such as those offered by Actilum, the ability to adjust CCT is critical.

 

These systems allow users to dim the illumination spectrum between 2,700K, which emits a warm light similar to that of an incandescent lamp, to 6,500K, which produces a cooler daylight more akin to natural midday light.

 

This dimming is achieved through the use of adjustable LED light technologies that combine different LEDs to adjust the light output to the desired color temperature.

 

Practical applications of Adjustable CCT

The importance of this capability in dimmable LED luminaires lies in its practical applications. For example, in office environments, a higher CCT (cooler light) adjusts colors to improve concentration and reduce eyestrain. On the other hand, in residential or restaurant environments, a lower CCT (warmer light) can create a cozy, relaxing atmosphere.

 

Impact of CCT on color rendering

In addition, the CCT setting has significant implications on color rendering, which affects how we see colors in the illuminated environment. Properly selected CCT can improve the appearance of objects, especially in environments where color accuracy is critical, such as in museums and art galleries.

 

Technology and energy efficiency

The technology behind CCT dimming in lighting systems such as Actilum’s involves precise electronic control of the intensity of the different LEDs within the system. This not only allows for customization of the lighting experience but also contributes to energy efficiency, as users can adjust the lighting to their specific needs, avoiding excessive use of artificial light.

 

The Future of Adjustable CCT Lighting

The ability to adjust CCT in lighting systems represents a significant evolution in how we interact with spaces through light.

 

It not only improves the functionality and aesthetics of environments but also promotes well-being and sustainability.


The understanding and application of CCT in modern lighting is undoubtedly a step forward in the future of indoor and outdoor lighting.

 

Our commitment

Actilum focuses on innovation and delivering advanced lighting solutions, prioritizing efficiency and quality of light, tailored to the dynamic needs of users.

 

We recognize the significant impact of light on well-being and productivity, so our systems allow precise adjustment of correlated color temperature (CCT) to optimize the quality and quantity of light for each space according to activity or time of day.

 

Our LED dimming products change light temperature and intensity, from 2,700K, creating warm color temperature environments, to 6,500K, for energizing daytime illumination.


Versatility

This versatility makes our solutions perfect for a wide variety of applications, from commercial spaces and offices to residential environments and entertainment venues.

 

Sustainability

At Actilum, we prioritize sustainability and environmental care, offering LED lighting systems that stand out for their low energy consumption and long life, thus minimizing the frequency of replacements and reducing waste.

 

Customization

Actilum’s technology focuses on customization and ease of use, allowing users to adjust lighting through intuitive controls and intelligent systems. This ensures that every user can create the perfect ambiance at the touch of a button, enhancing the experience of the lit space.

 

At Actilum, we believe that lighting should be adaptable, efficient and environmentally conscious.

 

We continue to research and develop new technologies that allow us to offer innovative products that not only illuminate spaces but also contribute to creating healthier and more productive environments.

 

Learn more about us!

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HCLa & Plant

Lighting for humans (activation) and plants

Suitable for shared spaces between people and plants where work or activities are carried out (offices, gyms, educational centers…).

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General & Plants

General illumination of spaces with live plants

This special architectural mix provides high CRI lighting while taking into account plant growth.

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Neon

Highlight the fluorescent inks (Red-Blue)

Spectrum for highlighting fluorescent inks in printing as well as on objects and surfaces.

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Microgreens

Enhances germination and sprout density

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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Rooting

Improves germination and root density

It accelerates germination and prioritizes rapid root growth and the first stage of stems and green leaf.

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Green leaf

Increased density and thickness of stems and leaves

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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CBD Pharma

Improves organoleptic properties (Terpenes)

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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Fruits

Increases fruit production and conservation

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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Circadian

Activate or relax, the light that helps your vital rhythm

This spectrum is programmed throughout the hours of the day to provide a natural light sensation in accordance with our body’s circadian rhythm.

Textures

Enhancement of details in materials and surfaces

Balanced spectrum throughout the range with very high color rendering. The resulting light is as similar as possible to the sun, it enhances the color and texture of materials.

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Fish

Increased sensation of freshness

Sección en desarrollo, si necesitas más información ponte en contacto con nosotros.

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TM30

It is a new light measurement system created in 2015 where 99 color samples are taken into account, as opposed to the 8 used by the CRI standard.


This system measures:

  • Color fidelity / RF (Real Feel): similarity to reference light
  • Color gamut: saturation index
  • Shape of the gamut: hue and saturation graph


It is represented in a pie chart, where the black circle is the reference light (sunlight), the red circle represents the light to be measured.


If the red circle is inside the black circle it means that the colors are desaturated.


If the red circle is outside the black it means that the colors are oversaturated.

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Solar Spectrum

Solar spectrum at the forefront of LED technology

Innovative and efficient LED lighting

There are 2 variants of spectra, one with violet colors (420 nm) of the prestigious brand LED SEOUL and the other from blue light (450 nm) of the recognized brand NICHIA. Both have a wide spectrum and depending on the application their respective use.

 

The first spectrum of 420 nm is used especially to highlight textures on white colors and acts strongly in contrast as for example between red and white (Light for butchers).

 

This technology, by combining several LEDs, generates a spectrum of high color rendering that simulates sunlight with exceptional fidelity, especially benefiting environments where the quality of light is crucial for color perception and well-being.

 

In the field of lighting, we pursue advanced solutions that accurately emulate sunlight, which is fundamental to both human visual perception and biological and chemical processes.

 

SOLAR 5K technology is emerging as a trend in interior lighting, proposing a light spectrum that is close to solar, ideal for applications that demand high color fidelity and visual comfort.

 

Sustainable lighting design

The advance of LED technology allows manufacturers to raise the CRI to high levels (99%).

 

An innovative approach that seeks to optimize the use of natural resources and minimize environmental impact.

 

This means that LED lights are not only energy efficient, but can also almost perfectly mimic the natural light spectrum, improving lighting quality without sacrificing performance.

 

This breakthrough represents a major step towards sustainability in lighting design, contributing to the creation of more pleasant and healthier environments, while significantly reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Improved visual comfort with advanced lighting technology

SOLAR 5K technology enhances visual comfort due to the elimination of blue light peaks. With these LED technological advances, it reduces eye fatigue and improves visual clarity, essential in spaces occupied for prolonged periods of time and achieving a notable decrease in energy savings through its illumination levels and performance.

 

This technology gives us the best part of sunlight by eliminating ultraviolet and infrared.

 

Customized lighting solutions

They offer unprecedented adaptability to meet the specific needs of any space or project.

 

By integrating advanced technology, these solutions allow for detailed customization, from intensity to color to light distribution, ensuring that each area is optimally illuminated.

 

This customization improves not only the aesthetics and functionality of the space but also energy efficiency, creating environments that perfectly align with the visual and emotional requirements of the users.

 

Detailed applications

Architectural lighting
SOLAR 5K technology is key to faithful color rendering. Its ability to mimic natural sunlight transforms architectural spaces, enhancing the aesthetics and perception of all elements by highlighting their qualities as if the sun were coming through the window.

 

Commercial spaces
Lighting for retail spaces plays a crucial role in creating environments that attract and retain customers, enhancing the shopping experience and highlighting products.

 

An effective lighting strategy not only highlights merchandise but can also influence shopping behavior, improving the visibility, safety and aesthetic appeal of the space.

 

This contributes to the color fidelity of the products purchased as well as the tone of colored hair or makeup, compared to how we would see it under sunlight.

 

Museology
LED technology has transformed museology by improving the illumination of works of art, benefiting both preservation and presentation.

 

With their high energy efficiency, minimal thermal impact, and absence of UV and IR radiation, LED lights protect sensitive pieces from light and heat damage.

 

In addition, they offer truer color rendering thanks to their high CRI index, allowing for a truer appreciation of the artwork. The ability to adjust intensity and color temperature makes the lighting customizable, enhancing the visitor experience and highlighting specific details of each piece.

 

This approach not only improves the visualization and conservation of exhibits, but also promotes sustainability and reduces operating costs in museums, marking a significant advance in the way museum collections are displayed and cared for.

 

Cosmetics
In the cosmetic context, particularly in makeup testing, LED technology with solar spectrum positively influences color fidelity, significantly impacting the perception and choice of products.

 

The lighting under which cosmetics are tested and displayed can dramatically alter how colors appear on the skin, influencing both customer satisfaction and shade selection accuracy.

 

LED technology, thanks to its ability to deliver a high Color Rendering Index (CRI), ensures that colors are displayed more accurately and naturally.

 

A high CRI, close to 100%, means that colors under LED light are perceived in much the same way as they would be under natural sunlight.

 

This is essential in cosmetics, where choosing the right color is critical to achieve the desired effect, whether in foundation, lipstick, eye shadow or any other makeup product.

 

Machine Vision
A machine vision camera finds a wide light spectrum attractive. This accelerates image capture and image detail thanks to the benefits of violet light source technology.

 

SOLAR 5K enhances the ability of these systems to perform accurate recognition and analysis, essential in fields ranging from security to quality control in manufacturing.

 

Industrial use

The quality of light directly impacts the efficiency and results of industrial processes, especially those sensitive to light conditions.

 

Our philosophy

Innovation and environmental health
At Actilum, we are committed to creating optimal work environments that promote both productivity and well-being through our innovative lighting technology that replicates natural sunlight.

 

Our dedication to innovation and environmental health is reflected in every solution we design, seeking not only to improve the aesthetics of spaces but also their functionality and the comfort of those who inhabit them.

 

We invite you to explore our innovative lighting solutions by visiting the Actilum website.

 

Discover how our products and designs adapt to a wide range of needs and spaces for your lighting project, offering advanced technology and sustainable design for every application.

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  • Architecture
  • Cosmetics
  • Artificial vision
  • Industrial use (processes)
  • HCL (activation)
  • Horticulture (vegetative)
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Spectrum

What is the electromagnetic radiation spectrum?

Transformation through Light

The spectrum is a classification that allows electromagnetic waves to be ordered according to their energy.

 

This spectrum ranges from radio waves, low energy, to gamma rays, high energy, including between these extremes the light visible to humans, ultraviolet radiation (UV) and infrared radiation (IR).

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We offer customized spectra according to application:

Measurement and characteristics of sunlight

Sunlight, a primary source of energy and light for the planet, is measured using the unit of length called the nanometer (nm), which is equivalent to one billionth of a meter.

 

A spectrometer is the technical instrument used for this measurement, allowing light to be broken down into its spectrum and the different wavelengths that make it up to be analyzed.

 

The visible light range, which extends from 380 nm to 730 nm, is where the human eye can perceive light. In this segment, the wavelengths associated with the colors green, yellow and amber are the ones most easily detected by the human eye, reflecting a greater luminous flux in this part of the spectrum.

 

The importance of adjacent radiations

Beyond the visible spectrum, we find ultraviolet (UV) radiation below 380 nm and infrared (IR) radiation above 730 nm. Although these types of radiation are not visible to humans, they have important applications in science and technology.


UV radiation, for example, has applications in medicine, disinfection and chemical analysis, while IR is essential in heating systems, communications and sensor technology.

 

Characterization of LED light

LED lighting technology has gained popularity due to its energy efficiency and long lifetime. However, the spectrum of light emitted by conventional LEDs has distinctive characteristics, such as a high peak in the blue region of the spectrum.


This peak is the result of the way photons are generated in the LED’s semiconductor material.

 

Despite its efficiency, conventional LED light lacks a balanced representation of light blue and red colors, which can have implications for color perception and applications where color fidelity is critical.

 

The Impact of LED Light on Color Perception

LED lighting has revolutionized the way we illuminate our spaces, offering energy-efficient and long-lasting solutions.

 

However, one of the most intriguing and least discussed aspects of LED technology is its impact on color perception. This phenomenon is mainly due to differences in spectral distribution between LED light and traditional light sources, such as sunlight and incandescent light.

 

Spectral distribution and color perception

The perception of color by the human eye is a complex process that depends on the interaction between light, the object and the observer. Light incident on an object can be absorbed, transmitted or reflected to the eye, where the photoreceptors of the retina (cones sensitive to different wavelength ranges) interpret these light signals.

 

Sunlight considered a white light source, contains a full spectrum of colors, which allows a faithful chromatic representation of objects under its illumination.

 

In contrast, LED light is generated by light-emitting diodes that produce light in specific spectral ranges.

 

Although mixing different LEDs can create a “white” appearance, the specific spectral composition of an LED light may lack certain wavelengths present in sunlight.

 

This absence of wavelengths can affect the way we see colors, making some hues appear duller or different than they would under more spectrally balanced lighting.

 

Effects of LED Light on Color Perception

The most noticeable effect of LED lighting on color perception is the alteration of hues and saturation.

For example, LEDs with a pronounced peak in the blue spectrum can make cool colors appear more vibrant, while warm colors can appear duller.

 

This chromatic distortion can be especially problematic in environments where color fidelity is critical, such as in art galleries, clothing stores, and in the food industry, where product presentation is critical.

 

Technological Advances to Improve Color Fidelity

In the face of these challenges, the lighting industry has developed more advanced LED technologies that seek to improve color rendering.

 

LEDs with higher color rendering indexes (CRI) and wider, more balanced emission spectra have been introduced to mitigate adverse effects on color perception.


These advances allow the light emitted by LEDs to more closely resemble the full spectrum of sunlight, improving the fidelity with which colors are perceived under this illumination.

 

Actilum’s tailor-made spectra for specific applications

Actilum excels in the lighting field by offering tailored spectrum solutions, adapting to a wide range of applications ranging from architecture and retail to wellness, horticulture and technical lighting.

 

In the architectural sector, Actilum provides solutions that enhance spaces, improving the visual perception of materials and creating ambiances that complement architectural design.

 

For the retail sector, custom-made spectrums enhance product presentation, highlighting colors and textures to attract consumer attention and stimulate purchase.

 

In the field of wellness, Actilum develops lighting that promotes visual health and circadian rhythm, helping to improve concentration and rest.

 

In horticulture, its specific solutions promote plant growth and health by optimizing photosynthesis through spectra adapted to the needs of different species.

 

Finally, in technical lighting applications, Actilum offers solutions that improve precision in tasks requiring high color fidelity and visual detail.

 

Actilum’s ability to customize the light spectrum opens up new possibilities in each of these fields, demonstrating how the right lighting can transform spaces, enhance experiences and contribute significantly to specific industry objectives.

 

Future perspectives

The electromagnetic spectrum and its application in lighting technologies such as LEDs represent a field of constant study and development.

 

As we move forward, research is focused on improving the quality of LED light, seeking a more balanced spectrum that can better mimic sunlight and improve color rendering.

 

This includes developing LEDs with emission capabilities tuned to more effectively include reds and light blue, thereby improving the visual experience and reducing negative effects on color perception and human health.

A deeper understanding of the forms of radiation, electromagnetic energy and their interaction with LED technology opens avenues towards innovations that promise to transform the way we illuminate the spaces in which we live and work.

 

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HCL

HCL Human Centric Lighting

Innovation in human-centric lighting

Human-centric lighting (HCL) emerges as a technological revolution designed to harmonize physical and mental well-being with occupational and energy efficiency in different spaces.

 

This advanced lighting approach not only contributes to improved sleep quality through precise color temperature (CCT) and light spectrum management but also promotes productivity and visual comfort through the use of automated lighting systems.

 

Mental health and productivity

Human-centered lighting (HCL) synchronizes its systems with the circadian rhythm, employing specific light ratios that support an ideal work environment and promote balanced mental health. By mimicking the transition of natural light from dawn to dusk, HCL creates an adaptive lighting environment that meets personal preferences, enhancing concentration and emotional well-being.

 

Circadian Rhythm

The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour biological cycle that regulates a wide range of physiological processes in living beings, including sleep, wakefulness, hormone production, body temperature and metabolism. This rhythm is essential for maintaining health and well-being, as it ensures that bodily processes are synchronized with the natural light and dark cycles of the environment.

 

Exposure to light plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythm, directly influencing the production of melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep, and thus affecting our ability to sleep well at night and remain alert during the day.

 

Energy efficiency and sustainability

An essential pillar of HCL is its contribution to energy efficiency, achieved through the implementation of technologies that enable intelligent lighting control. This not only decreases energy consumption but also promotes sustainable resource management.

 

State-of-the-art HCL lighting has found significant applications in the healthcare sector, where lighting precision has a significant impact on the well-being and recovery of patients.

 

HCL in smart urban planning

In the urban context, HCL plays a key role in improving safety and quality of life through smart lighting for cities. Equipped with sensor and automation technology, lighting systems adjust their operation to optimize lighting conditions according to environmental and human needs, making urban spaces more livable and energy efficient.

 

A brighter future

Human-centered lighting represents a holistic approach to optimizing living and working spaces. Emphasizing improved sleep quality, increased productivity, mental well-being, visual comfort and energy efficiency, HCL establishes itself as a leader in lighting solutions of the future, setting the pace for a healthier and more sustainable society.

 

Our Vision

At Actilum, we are committed to developing and implementing lighting solutions that not only illuminate spaces but also improve the lives of the people who inhabit them.

 

Our dedication to human-centered lighting (HCL) innovation reflects our desire to create environments that support well-being, productivity and visual comfort while preserving energy efficiency.

 

We recognize the importance of tailoring our technology to individual needs, ensuring that each project contributes to a more sustainable and healthy future.

 

At Actilum, we light the way to a better quality of life through light.


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High visual impact signage lighting

LED color temperature tuning for clarity and durability in signage

Effective signage depends not only on visibility but also on the quality of the artificial light used.


LED lights, with their wide range of color temperatures, are ideally suited for this purpose, as they can be adjusted to emulate the clarity of natural light or to highlight certain colors in the visual spectrum.


Color temperature in lighting design is critical, as it affects how colors and signals are perceived.


An LED light with an appropriate color temperature can improve the legibility of signage, especially compared to other types of lighting that can distort colors or be overly abrasive.


In addition, LED lamps offer exceptionally long life, reducing the need for frequent maintenance and ensuring that signage remains consistently and efficiently illuminated.


When choosing the type of lighting for signage, it is important to consider how the color of the light will influence the user’s interaction with the sign, as the goal is to effectively guide and communicate, thus bringing the efficacy of artificial light closer to the comfort and familiarity provided by natural light.

 

 

LED technology for signage

Precision and efficiency

LED technology for signage is a key component in the lighting industry, offering high visual impact solutions with low color rendering.


This technology is not only energy efficient but also provides optimal visibility to highlight important information in various applications.

 

 

LED lighting customization

Adaptability and control

LED lighting customization has become essential in creating effective illuminated signage.


Programmable lighting systems allow users to tailor intensity and color for innovative and dynamic visual communication, enhancing the end-user experience and safety.

 

 

Lighting to highlight information

Clarity and focus

By using specific lighting to highlight information, businesses can effectively direct attention to key signs, directions and pricing.

 

Selecting the right signage lighting is critical to the lighting marketing strategy, ensuring that the message is not only seen but also remembered.

 

 

High-visibility LED signs

Safety and wayfinding

High-visibility LED signs are critical in applications where safety is paramount.
Emergency lighting, for example, benefits greatly from light sources that can be easily detected and tracked, which is vital in critical situations.

 

 

Energy efficiency in LED lighting

Sustainability and energy savings

Energy efficiency in LED lighting not only has a positive impact on the environment but also reduces operating costs. This is an important point for both sustainability- and economy-conscious customers when implementing programmable lighting solutions.

 

Innovation in visual communication through lighting

Innovation in visual communication is at the heart of high-visual-impact signage. With the integration of advanced LED technology and intelligent customization practices, modern lighting solutions offer limitless possibilities for effective signage, ensuring that every message is not only seen but understood and acted upon accordingly.

 

Our Mission Statement

At Actilum, we understand the importance of effective signage and are dedicated to providing lighting solutions that combine state-of-the-art LED technology with intelligent lighting design, ensuring optimal and sustainable visual communication.

 

To explore the full spectrum of our innovative lighting solutions and discover how they can enhance and preserve the clarity of your signage projects, we invite you to visit the Actilum website.

 

There you will find detailed information about our products, case studies and expert advice to guide you in choosing the most suitable lighting for your specific needs.

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Electronics

LED light for electronic product illumination

Lighting scheme for metallic and plastic products

LED technology has transformed the way electronic products, especially those made of metallic materials and plastics, are presented.


The application of LED lights with a spectrum tuned to emphasize specific wavelengths, particularly in the deep blue range, can significantly accentuate the metallic appearance and surface luster of products.


This enhanced visualization not only enhances the aesthetic appearance of electronic devices in the illuminated area but also contributes to an elevated perception of their quality and value by consumers.

 

Optimized spectrum to highlight features

The use of a light spectrum with a deep blue peak has proven particularly effective in highlighting the features of electronic products. This spectral optimization allows the definition of materials to be improved, providing a clearer and more detailed view of the texture and finish of the products.

 

In the case of metallic materials, their natural luster is accentuated and their sense of solidity and strength is enhanced.

 

For plastics, the right LED light can enhance their appearance, giving them a more premium and durable look.

 

Advantages of LED lighting

LED lighting offers multiple advantages in the display of electronic products.
First, its energy efficiency is superior to that of traditional light sources, which translates into lower energy consumption for the same amount of light emitted.

 

In addition, the durability of LED lights reduces the need for frequent maintenance and replacement, which can contribute to a reduction in long-term operating costs.

 

Another significant advantage is the ability to precisely control the spectrum of light emitted, allowing the lighting to be optimally adjusted to highlight the specific characteristics of each product.

 

Practical applications in the industry

 

In the electronics industry, the implementation of specifically designed LED lighting can have important practical applications.

 

For example, in the cell phone industry, using LED lights to highlight the quality of materials can make a device stand out in a highly competitive market.

 

In point-of-sale product displays, appropriate lighting can have a decisive influence on consumers’ purchasing decisions, highlighting the most attractive features of products and enhancing their overall appeal.

 

What are the types of lighting?

Product lighting technique is essential in marketing and item presentation, especially in e-commerce and advertising. This technique is mainly divided into four categories, each aimed at enhancing product features and capturing the consumer’s attention by avoiding the use of harsh or simply soft light and dark backgrounds.

 

Front lighting

This type of light provides uniform illumination over the front face of the product, minimizing shadows and highlighting frontal details. It is ideal for showing the front design of products such as cell phones and tablets but can result in flat images without much depth.

 

Sidelight and semi-sidelight

Used to highlight the texture, edges and depth of the product. By placing the light source on one side, soft shadows are created on the opposite side, adding contrast and depth to the image. It is particularly useful for products with surface details or textured finishes, such as textiles or watches.

 

Backlight

By placing the light source behind the product, a luminous outline or halo effect is achieved, which can be very effective for creating ambiance or highlighting the lines of transparent or translucent products, such as glass bottles or lighting elements.

 

Diffused light

Achieved by softening the light, usually with diffusers or through light bounce techniques, to wrap the product in soft, even illumination. This method reduces harsh shadows and glare, ideal for products with reflective surfaces such as jewelry or electronics. Diffused lighting is excellent for showing the product clearly and in detail, making it easier to appreciate colors and finishes.

 

Each technique has its specific application depending on the type of product, its material characteristics and the message to be conveyed. The right choice of lighting technique is essential to highlight the qualities of the product and make it attractive to potential buyers.

 

 

How to light a product photo?

Lighting for product photography

Lighting a product photo with LED light requires a detailed understanding of both the properties of light and the type of photography and characteristics of the product to be photographed.

 

LED light offers significant advantages due to its energy efficiency, durability and flexibility in terms of color temperature control and light direction.


The following are essential steps to achieve effective lighting for product photography using LED lights:

 

Selecting suitable LED lights

Choose LED lights that allow you to adjust intensity and color temperature. This is essential to tailor the lighting to the specific needs of the product, as different products benefit from different color temperatures (measured in Kelvin). Metallic products, for example, may require cooler light to highlight their shine and texture.

 

Setting up the workspace

Use a neutral background, preferably white or gray, to avoid unwanted colors reflected on the product. A controlled environment allows for better light manipulation and avoids interference from external light sources.

 

Positioning of lights

Lighting should be configured to minimize harsh shadows and unwanted reflections, especially on products with reflective surfaces. A common configuration includes a main light (key light) that provides the main illumination and one or more fill lights to soften shadows.

 

The main light should be positioned at an angle that enhances product features without creating distracting reflections.

 

Use of diffusers and reflectors

Diffusers can soften the direct light from the LEDs, reducing harsh shadows and harsh reflections. Reflectors, on the other hand, can be used to bounce light into shaded areas of the product, balancing the illumination and highlighting details.

 

Experimenting with light direction

Experimenting with different angles and directions of light can reveal unique product textures and details. Side lighting, for example, can enhance texture, while lighting from above can emphasize shape.

 

Adjusting light intensity and white balance

Adjust the intensity of the LED lights to obtain the desired effect, taking care not to overexpose the product. In addition, adjusting the white balance on the camera according to the color temperature of the LED lights ensures that the colors of the product are accurately reproduced.

 

Review and adjust

Take several test photos and review each one carefully. Adjust the settings of the LED lights, camera, and product position as necessary to achieve the desired result.

 

Lighting a product photo with LED lights may seem challenging at first, but with practice and experimentation, you can achieve professional results that bring out the best side of any product.

 

Our vision and commitment

At Actilum, we specialize in the design and development of innovative lighting solutions that not only enhance product presentation through advanced lighting techniques but also focus on sustainability and energy efficiency.

 

Our commitment to quality and innovation allows us to offer customized lighting solutions that highlight the unique characteristics of each product, enhancing its visual appeal and functionality.

 

By integrating state-of-the-art LED technology, we optimize the light spectrum to highlight metallic and plastic materials, providing superior definition and a brilliant effect that captures consumers’ attention.

 

Actilum doesn’t just illuminate products; we create visual experiences that enrich the end user’s perception, fostering a deeper connection between the product and its audience.

 

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Clothing & Product

Color fidelity and shape definition in product and apparel lighting

Chromatic fidelity and shape definition are fundamental aspects of product lighting, directly impacting how consumers perceive and value these items.

 

This article explores the importance of high color rendering spectra and visual comfort, specifically in 3K, 4K, and 5K lighting configurations, for the optimal presentation of apparel and products.

 

We focus on how the color fidelity index influences lighting schemes for a product, ensuring that every detail is perceived at its best.

 

Apparel – 3K

3K lighting, with a color temperature of 3000 Kelvin, provides warm light that enhances yellow and red tones. This setting is ideal for clothing with warm colors, enhancing the richness and depth of these tones without altering the perception of their true color, thanks to a high color fidelity index.

 

Chromatic reproduction in this range helps to highlight subtle details in fabrics, essential for showing the texture and quality of the material.

 

While beneficial for cozy environments, it is crucial to balance this illumination with adequate light intensity to avoid shadows that can distort the shape of the product.

 

Apparel – 4K

A color temperature of 4000 Kelvin, or neutral light, is versatile for apparel lighting. This balanced spectrum is effective in bringing out the true coloration of a wide range of shades without imparting a yellow or blue cast while maintaining a high rate of color fidelity.

 

4K lighting is particularly suited for retail environments where color accuracy and clarity are critical.

 

By providing light that resembles daylight, garment details, from texture to stitching and patterns, are clearly defined, making it easier to appreciate product quality and design.

 

Product – 5K

5K lighting, with a color temperature of 5000 Kelvin, offers a cooler spectrum, ideal for products that require accurate color rendering under light that simulates midday.

 

This setting is excellent for products with subtle color variations or that rely on color accuracy for judging, such as jewelry or electronics.

 

The 5K light helps minimize chromatic distortions and improves detail perception, crucial for evaluating product quality and finish.

 

Visual comfort

In addition to color fidelity, visual comfort is an important aspect to consider in product lighting.

 

Adequate lighting must not only faithfully reproduce colors and define shapes but also ensure a comfortable visual experience for the viewer.

 

Light intensity, distribution and glare minimization are key aspects to avoid visual fatigue.

 

In 5K settings, it is essential to balance high color rendering with an illumination design that evenly disperses light, reducing excessive contrast and glare for prolonged viewing without discomfort.

 

Our Commitment

At Actilum, we are committed to designing lighting solutions that not only meet the highest standards of color fidelity and shape definition but also ensure an optimal visual experience for every product and garment our customers wish to highlight.

 

To discover more about how our innovative lighting solutions can transform the presentation of your products and apparel, we invite you to visit our Actilum website. Explore our product range and find the perfect solution to suit your specific needs.

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Fruit

Why should you light your greengrocer’s shop correctly?

Key factors and LED solutions

Lighting your produce store correctly is not simply a matter of aesthetics, design and quantity of light; it is an essential strategy to highlight colors, quality and perceived freshness of your produce, which directly influences customers’ purchasing decisions.

 

Selecting the right artificial lighting, especially one that uses LED technology, can make a significant difference in how your produce is presented.

 

Below, we explore the factors to consider and the advantages of opting for this type of LED lighting in your retail store.

 

 

Factors to consider in the lighting of a fruit and vegetable store

Natural Lighting

Making the most of natural light not only helps reduce energy consumption during the day, but also promotes a perception of naturalness in fresh produce.
However, it is important to supplement with artificial lighting to ensure uniform and constant exposure, regardless of external conditions.

 

LED lighting for fruit and vegetable stores

LED lighting technology stands out for its ability to emit light in specific spectrums, which can be adjusted to enhance the natural colors of fruits and vegetables, making them look more vibrant and appetizing.

 

Uniformity and light distribution

Uniform lighting avoids creating shadows or oversaturated areas that can distort the actual appearance of produce. It is crucial to design a lighting scheme that distributes light evenly over all merchandise.

 

Light intensity and color

The intensity of the LED light must be adequate to avoid glare or discoloration of these types of products. The color or color temperature of LED lighting should be carefully selected to complement the colors of fruits and vegetables, generally opting for color temperatures that enhance red, green and yellow tones.

 

 

Advantages of LED lighting for fruit and vegetable stores

Vibrant color enhancement

Specialized LED luminaires are designed to emit light spectrums that enhance the natural colors of produce, which is essential for capturing customer attention and improving the perception of freshness.

 

Energy Efficiency

One of the main advantages of LED luminaires is their high energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting options. This translates into significant savings in energy consumption and thus operating costs.


Lower heat emission
The lower heat emission of LED luminaires represents one of the most significant advantages for the fruit and vegetable sector, mainly due to its direct influence on preserving the quality and freshness of these delicate products.

 

Unlike traditional lighting sources, such as incandescent or halogen lamps and even low-quality LED lights, which convert a large part of the energy into heat, Actilum’s LED technology is designed to be highly energy efficient, transforming most of it into light.

 

This inherent design of LED technologies minimizes heat generation, which is essential for environments where temperature and humidity must be carefully controlled to avoid premature spoilage of produce.

 

In the context of a fruit store, where freshness and visual appearance of produce are essential to attract consumers, the implementation of high quality LED luminaires can contribute substantially to maintaining optimal storage conditions.

 

In addition, the advanced design of LED luminaires allows for a more precise and targeted light distribution, which further reduces the risk of heat exposure in specific areas, ensuring uniform illumination without hot spots that may adversely affect certain parts of the exposed merchandise.

 

Durability and low maintenance

LED luminaires have a longer life and require less maintenance than traditional lighting solutions, reducing the costs and hassles associated with replacing and maintaining lighting systems.

 

Our Commitment

At Actilum, we are committed to providing innovative and sustainable lighting solutions that not only enhance the natural beauty of your products, but also contribute to the energy efficiency and success of your business.

 

To discover more about how our solutions can benefit your lighting project, we invite you to visit www.actilum.com

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Meat

LED light for the flesh, red pigment enhancement.

Key to a fresh and attractive appearance

In the competitive meat market, visual presentation plays an extremely important role in consumers’ purchasing decisions. The perception of freshness and quality of red meat, in particular, is intrinsically linked to its correct lighting and color.

 

For this reason, the meat industry is constantly looking for innovations to highlight the red pigments of these products, thus ensuring a fresher and more attractive appearance at the point of sale.

 

In this context, lighting emerges as a powerful tool, capable of visually enhancing the qualities through light for meat display cases.

 

Through specific LED technology, known as Meat – 5K and Red Meat – 5K, a meat presentation is achieved that enhances its natural appeal, encouraging consumer preference and purchase.

 

The role of butcher shop lighting and the perception of meat appearance

 

Lighting not only serves the basic function of allowing us to see the product but also influences how we perceive its quality and freshness.

 

Several studies have shown that consumers tend to associate the bright red color of meat with freshness and superior quality. This phenomenon is because the red color of meat is mainly due to the presence of myoglobin, a protein that can present different shades depending on the condition of the product.

 

Meat – 5K and Red Meat – 5K lighting technology is specifically designed to highlight these red tones, making the food look more appetizing.

 

Meat – 5K and Red Meat – 5K

Cutting-edge technology that brings meat products to life

The technology behind Meat-5 K and Red Meat-5 K is the result of detailed research into how light affects color perception in food.

 

To highlight the visual aspects of the meat, we enhance the intensity of the red color, giving it a high intensity, through the R9 red color, with a high color rendering index of over 60%.

 

The importance of this improvement lies in the fact that high red output can decrease the luminous efficiency of LEDs, underscoring the manufacturer’s conscious decision to find an optimal balance between energy efficiency and lighting quality, thus ensuring that meat is presented more appealingly and naturally.

 

Our lighting systems employ a carefully selected light spectrum that accentuates the red and pink tones of the meat while maintaining its authentic appearance. By illuminating the meat, this technology greatly enhances the saturation of the red color, projecting an image of greater freshness and quality.

 

In addition, this method not only intensifies the red color, making it more striking but also improves the appearance of the white fat, presenting it in a purer manner and without yellowish hues.


“The result is a significant improvement in red versus standard products, ensuring a color representation that is truly true and natural.”

 

Point-of-sale benefits

Implementing these lighting solutions in supermarkets, butcher shops and other retail outlets offers multiple benefits. First, it improves product presentation, which can translate into increased sales. A product that looks fresher and of better quality is more likely to be chosen by consumers.

 

In addition, this technology can help reduce the negative perception of meat that has lost some of its natural color due to exposure to oxygen, without resorting to questionable practices or additives to improve its appearance.

 

Sustainability and energy efficiency

Another highlight of the Meat 5K and Red Meat – 5K LED lighting technology is its energy efficiency. Unlike traditional lighting solutions, the LED type of lighting consumes less energy and has a longer lifespan, contributing to environmental sustainability and reduced operating costs for retailers.

 

In a market increasingly aware of the importance of fresh product presentation, investing in appropriate lighting projects to highlight the natural quality of meat products has become an essential strategy for retailers.

 

Our approach

At Actilum, we specialize in designing and providing innovative lighting solutions that not only enhance the visual appearance of products but also contribute to greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

 

With a focus on enhancing the red pigments in meat, our light-applied technologies for Meat – 5K and Red Meat – 5K are specifically developed to improve the presentation of such products at points of sale, ensuring they not only look fresher and more appealing but are also presented in a way that respects and promotes responsible environmental practices.

 

At Actilum, we strongly believe in the power of light to transform product perception, enhance the customer’s shopping experience and at the same time, promote a greener future.

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Measures

The importance of measurement

The importance of measurement in the world of LED lighting lies in its fundamental role in achieving optimum levels of precision and efficiency.

The types of measurement not only encompass light intensity, but extend to the meticulous assessment of spatial distribution. Every detail counts in the quest for excellence in lighting performance.


Measurement provides accurate data that not only allows the system components to be adjusted, but also ensures uniform and high quality illumination.

Physical quantities

In the broad landscape of physical quantities, it becomes essential for understanding and quantifying various phenomena.


Within the evaluation categories, we find point measurement and matrix assessment, both of which play key roles in obtaining accurate data.

Unit of measurement

To carry out these assessments, a diverse set of measuring instruments is used, each designed to fulfil a specific task.


The international system of units provides the basis for standardising these processes, using globally recognised units.

Measuring instruments

Light measurement

When it comes to quantifying light, a special type of instrument comes into play, the luxmeter. This device makes it possible to evaluate the luminous intensity at a specific point, thus contributing to the analysis and adjustment of lighting in various environments.


In the field of electrical current, another instrument becomes indispensable: the ammeter. This device not only quantifies the electrical current in a circuit, but also provides crucial information to ensure the proper functioning of electrical systems.

Valuation matrix

Matrix measurement, on the other hand, encompasses the understanding of quantities at a set of points, allowing for a more complete perception of large phenomena. This approach is particularly useful in fields such as meteorology and environmental engineering.


The various types of assessment, types of measuring instruments and units of measurement form the universal language for understanding physical quantities.


Whether through a one-off assessment with specialised instruments or through a matrix approach covering a large area, this essential tool allows us to measure and understand the world around us.

Volume units

In the design of LED backlighting systems, volume measurement units play a very important role.

These units allow the spatial distribution of light to be calculated, ensuring uniform illumination and avoiding areas of over- or under-lighting.

Measurement in the design and manufacture of LED backlighting systems is not only a necessary step, but an integral process encompassing several parameters.

The combination of advanced measurement tools and volume measurement units contributes to the creation of high quality, efficient and visually accurate products in the exciting field of LED lighting.

At Actilum we are genuinely committed to design tailored to the needs of each project. We strive to thoroughly understand our clients’ goals and requirements, focusing on specific details.

It is not just about providing lighting, but about being a close partner in the whole process, from conceptualisation to implementation.

We are available for questions about your next project.

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