September 2020

  • Colour Rendering Index (CRI) - What is it and what does it mean to your lighting?

    Posted on: 29 Sep 2020. Category:

    Colour Rendering Index (CRI) is the measurement of a light's ability to reproduce the colours of various objects as they would have been seen in natural light. Realistically this means the CRI is a guage of the light source's ability to show colours 'naturally', comparable to how they would be viewed in daylight. This is very important as whilst the technology has been advancing it has been very difficult to for LED light sources to match the CRI (while maintaining high efficiency) and therefore are most frequently ignored (the CRI spec value appears only on a very small percentage of LED product packaging, For that reason, LED light bulbs with a high CRI can be worthy replacements for incandescent light bulbs. Most LED lights do not have a CRI above 90 nut fall between the 80-90 range.


    With a good color display, subtle variations in the color spectrum are revealed, this is important generally but more so in venues such as art galleries, boutiques, jewellers and workshops. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a scale of 0 to 100 percent. This index indicates how accurate a light source displays colors are compared to daylight. The higher the CRI, the better the lamp displays colors. Lamps with a CRI between 80 and 89 have a high color display. This makes them suitable for almost all applications. Light sources with a CRI higher than 90 have excellent color reproduction although they are becoming harder and harder to find as they are not often cost efficient for manufacturers to produce.


    It is important to know that CRI is independent of the color temperature. The color temperature creates ambience, but does not affect the color display. It is also worth noting that CRI does not apply to 'coloured' or RGB lamps.

    Color Rendering Index versus Color Temperature | LED Lighting Supply


    As stated CRI is differnet to 'Colour Temeperature' if you would like to learn more about colour temperature, you can read about it in our blog here:

  • Aico Stockists Bristol 2020

    Posted on: 07 Sep 2020. Category:

    The best place to buy Aico? We are an approved Aico stockists. We are based in Bristol and can arrange next day delivery across the UK. 

    Aico, an Ei Company, is a market leader in domestic fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) protection, pioneering new technologies and offering high quality alarms designed, developed and manufactured at our factory in Shannon, Ireland. Aico alarms meet all UK standards with a wide range of sensor types to ensure every home is protected, and we offer expert technical support and advice on alarm selection, siting and installation as well as personalised specification documents and a dedicated installer training scheme, Expert Installer.


    What alarm types do I need?

    Alarm types, spoilt for choice and slightly confused when it comes to deciding what alarm type you need and which room you need to fit it in? With the changes to BS 5839:6-2019 they felt this was a good time to update some of their tools. A common question our technical teams are frequently asked is “What alarm type do I need?” Thier updated web-based Alarm Selector can guide you through this question and take you through a step by step online guide, enabling you to produce a mini specification.

    The mini specification gives you the following information:-


    1 Alarm System Type – Type of coverage your property needs.


    2 Alarm Types – Recommended Products.


    3 Alarm Features – Additional features such as AudioLINK & RadioLINK.


    4 System Control – Do you need a control switch for testing.


    5 Installation and Training – Do you need an Expert Installer to fit your alarms.


    6 Helpful house graphics – Showing which rooms are covered by which alarm.


    Once you have your specification, it can be downloaded or emailed directly to you, To use this useful tool please visit


    Here in stock we keep the 140 series(mains with 9v battery back up) and the newer 3000 series(mains with lithium battery back up), we can order all of their products if you do require something else. You can view the Aico Range here. We offer bulk buy and generous trade discounts. You can apply for a trade account online today. It takes 2 mins. 

Free 0800 180 4509 7AM-5.30PM
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