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CRI and LED Lighting

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CR-WHAT? Sure, maybe you have heard of CRI, but if you’re like most people, you’ve never paid much attention to those three little letters. But if you’re in the market for an LED system, this bit of knowledge can mean the difference between lighting that you love, or lights that you simply tolerate. And let’s face it, if you’re wrapping up a remodel, the last thing you need is for finishing touches like lighting to spoil all your hard work! So what exactly is CRI? According to the Lighting Research Center, “CRI (color rendering index), is the measurement of a light source’s ability to show…

Inspired LED 101: How to Troubleshoot LED Systems

At Inspired LED, we do our very best to ensure that our products are simple, easy to use, and up to the highest quality standards in order to guarantee our customers’ satisfaction. It is this pride in our work which has helped to earn ‘Best of Houzz Customer Service’ every year since 2013! Of course, even under the best circumstances, we understand things can go wrong. A product may be damaged during shipping or installation, a customer or electrician may misread product specifications. Fortunately, we stand behind our products 100%, and will work with you to not only identify the problem with…

Inspired LED 101: How to Install a Plug & Play Kit

Inspired LED’s Plug & Play Pro Series and Designer Series kits are the perfect solution for anyone looking to give their kitchen a quick, yet dramatic lighting upgrade. Available on the Inspired LED website and through our Amazon store, these handy kits come with everything you will need to create a complete low voltage LED system, including, lights, cables, power sources, and controllers. Basic installation is fairly simple, and can be completed within an hour by following just a few basic steps. Read through our installation guide below to see how it’s done. If at any point during your LED…

Get This Look Part 3: Beneath the Bar

Welcome to week three of Get This Look with Inspired LED! Today we’ll be taking a look at how to enhance the design of home or commercial bars with the help of LED strip lighting… Home bars and kitchen islands have become more and more common these days in both new homes and remodels. Whether it is the first place you stop when you get home from work, or the spot for serving up drinks at your next house party, these fun little spaces can be made even more inviting with a little LED lighting! Bars and islands tend to be primarily illuminated…

Get this Look 2: Backlit Bathroom Mirror

Welcome to the second installment of Get This Look with Inspired LED! This week we’ll be analyzing a simple, yet creative way to add LED lighting to the bathroom… Whether for a high-end restaurant or a residential remodel, bathrooms are a great place to utilize LED accent lighting. Not only do lights help to set the mood in this area of the home, but when used around a mirror, they serve a particularly functional purpose. Done properly, mirror accent lighting can not only help your bathroom to look amazing, but they can help to make you feel amazing about the way you…

Get This Look: The “Floating” Shelf

If you’ve recently spent time browsing through a model home, window shopping at a mall, or eating in a high-end restaurant, you may have noticed some unique accent lighting displays. As LEDs become more readily available on the market, they are also becoming more commonly specified in new builds and architectural designs. In the hands of an experienced interior decorator, LEDs can create some stunning visual displays of light and shadow. In this segment, we reveal some of the secrets of how our LED products can be used to create some of these dramatic, eye-catching looks, beginning with the “floating” shelf. One of our most…

Inspired LED 101: How to Solder LED Strips

Inspired LED flexible strips are a versatile option for any indoor accent or task-lighting application. Low profile, and (of course) low-voltage, these handy little strips are the perfect way to add a little extra light wherever you need it most. To make installation as simple as possible, we offer our customers the convenience of both pre-soldered “plug & play” connectors or simple solderless connectors for DIY field work. However, we recognize that there are certain circumstances where desire or necessity may require some good, old-fashioned soldering. When this is the case, we recommend the following techniques for soldering cables and connectors to Inspired LED…

DIY Project Tutorial: LED Car Lighting

While LED lighting is most commonly used around the house, under cabinets or lighting up commercial displays, there are many other creative and unique places where these handy little lights can find themselves at home! One of the less common, but more impressive areas where our LEDs have been utilized is as accent lighting on vehicles. Interior car lighting can provide a functional element in the ability to find things late at night. If you’re an avid camper or frequent road trip adventurer, it can serve as a way to perform tasks a bit more easily than you might under the dim…

Which Brightness Where?

From artistic accents to tasteful task lighting, flexible LED strips have become an increasingly mainstream feature in homes and businesses across the U.S.  No matter the room or the style of décor, there are countless ways which these handy little lights can be used to enhance the design and functionality of your space. Inspired LED’s flexible strip systems are simple to understand, easy to install, and are available in a variety of colors and brightness levels. But with so many great options to choose from, it can be a challenge to decide for yourself which products work best in which…

Introducing the TRIAC Analyzer

At Inspired LED, we pride ourselves on helping to drive the modern lighting industry forward by bringing new and exciting products to the market each year. From our patented solderless connectors, which helped to revolutionize the DIY LED lighting trend, to our unique self-powered Independence Dimmer, we are always excited by the opportunity to create something new. The latest and greatest innovation to emerge from our engineering department is the long awaited TRIAC Analyzer, a unique control device with the potential to transform the way we think about LED installation. When designing an LED system, the first question is always one of power…