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LED Lighting Facts Label

LED Lighting Facts Label

If you have shopped for an LED light bulb you have probably seen the LED Lighting Facts Label on the product packaging. Five metrics are required on the label; lumens, watts, efficacy, color rendering index and correlated color temperature.

Light Output/Lumens

This is a measure of light output. The higher the number, the more light is emitted. On the LM-79 test report (more about this later) it is reported as “Total Integrated Flux” (Lumens).


This is a measure of how much energy is required to light the product. The lower the wattage, the less energy is used. On the LM-79 test report, this is reported as “Input Power” (Watts).

Lumens per Watt/Efficacy

This is a measure of efficiency. The higher the number, the more efficient the product is. On the LM-79 testing, this is reported as “Efficacy.”

IESNA LM-79-2008

This is a standardized industry test procedure that measures performance qualities of LED luminaries and lamps and allows for a true comparison regardless of the light source.

Model Number

This is the manufacturer’s unique model number for the product.


This indicates the specific type of solid-state lighting fixture.


This is the manufacturer’s brand name.

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

This is a measure of color accuracy.

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)

This is a measure of light color. “Cool” colors will have a higher Kelvin temperature (3600-5500 K) and “Warm” colors will have lower color temperatures (2700-3500K).

Manufacturers also have the option of also including lumen maintenance and warranty information on the label.


LED Lumen Maintenance

This metric measures the amount of light the LED light source is expected to emit at 25,000 hours at a given ambient test temperature, compared to its initial light output.

Product Warranty

The URL with the warranty information is provided on the label if the product has a warranty.

More about LM-79

 When LED products were first introduced to the marketplace, since it was completely new technology, there were no existing standards in place to measure and rate these new products. Standards help manage expectations about what products can and cannot do, in addition to product safety for intended applications. New standards were written, and one of the most important ones is the LM-79. This test provides a basis for rating and understanding the performance of LED products and is also a resource for various certification programs.

Lm-79 was developed and published by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). The full title is: “Approved Method: Electrical and Photometric Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products.” LM-79 describes how to accurately measure the electrical input and light output of LED products. The purpose of the standard is to understand how LED’s perform in their expected operating environments.

As a consumer, you may never see the actual LM-79 report, but you will see in referenced on spec sheets and on labels (such as the ones above) and in catalogs.  If you are considering a significant LED purchase, you should ask for it since it is an indicator of product quality and certification to programs such as Energy Star. A full report will include electrical information, photometric information and some will include full spectral power distribution.

It is a good idea to at least be familiar with LM-79 if you want to compare products or gain a better understanding of LED technology.

To learn more about the ever changing world of LED technology, be sure to contact our showroom. There is a lot to learn and we look forward to sharing our knowledge and helping you choose the best LED products for your application!

Get a FREE copy of the 2014 Lighting Magazine

FREE copies of Lighting magazine from Legend Lighting


Lighting cov 2014

Lighting magazine is the only national consumer magazine on lighting and is produced once a year by the American Lighting Association and Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications. It is an excellent resource, full of informative articles and information about the latest trends and technology in the lighting industry. The 120 page magazine features current information on light bulbs and the latest designs, ideas and inspiration to light every room in your home.

To receive your FREE copy, simply sign up for our quarterly newsletter AND/OR “Like” us on Facebook! We will be in touch with you by e-mail to get your  mailing address and send you your FREE copy of the magazine.

ALSO, did you know that Legend Lighting is on Houzz, Pinterset and Instagram too?

We have over 150 pictures of beautiful lighting jobs by Legend Lighting designers on Houzz to inspire you!

And check out our 68 boards and over 1300 pins on Pinterest!

And we will be at the Dallas Market Center this week for the Lighting Market. Click here to follow us on Instagram for a first-hand look at our market finds!


Lighting a Bathroom With Wall Sconces

Are you savy about wall sconces?

Adding an extra layer of light in your bathroom with wall sconces can make a big difference in getting your bathroom lighting just right! Wall sconces are practical task lights for your bathroom, in addition to an extra style element for your bathroom decor. Choosing sconces is the perfect way to achieve a shadow free light at the vanity since they will cast an even light across the face. Sconces can be mounted on either side of the mirror, or on the mirror. Shades or opal glass will help to minimize the glare.

Here are some things to think about when choosing wall sconces:

Sconces should be installed at eye level, or about 66 inches from the floor.

Sconces should be positioned so that the horizontal beams overlap each other, 28 inches to 40 inches apart.

If you have a double vanity, each sink should have its own light source.

A vanity should have a minimum of 150 watts for adequate illumination, so selecting fixtures that offer a maximum amount of light is recommended. If the light is too bright, lower wattage bulbs can be used, or a dimmer can be installed. Dimmers offer the flexibility to create a mood in your bathroom, adding an element of luxury and a spa-like feel to the space.

Whether it is for a new home or a remodel, or simply updating your existing lighting, our lighting designers can help you choose the perfect wall sconces for your bathroom. With so many great styles to choose from, you can really get a unique, one of a kind look. The photos below are Legend Lighting installations. For more ideas, click here to see our Pinterest board, Great Sconces.


Home built by Seven Custom Homes, Interior Designer, Regina C. Designs.

Home built by Seven Custom Homes, Interior Design by, Regina C. Designs.

Home built by Summit Builders, Interior Design by Interior Selections-Austin.

Home built by Summit Builders, Interior Design by Interior Selections-Austin.

Home built by Seven Custom Homes, Interior Design by Regina C. Designs.

Home built by Seven Custom Homes, Interior Design by Regina C. Designs.

Home built by Pillar Custom Homes, Interior Design by Chelsea+Remy Design.

Home built by Pillar Custom Homes, Interior Design by Chelsea+Remy Design.

Home built by Summit Builders, Interior Design by Interior Selections-Austin.

Home built by Summit Builders, Interior Design by Interior Selections-Austin.

Illuminating Design Award Winners

Austin Interior Designers win Illuminating Design Awards

Legend Lighting hosted our first annual Illuminating Design Awards on Thursday, May 30, 2014. Austin interior designers submitted favorite photos of  projects featuring lighting in five different categories. Awards for Best Interior Lighting, Best Exterior Lighting, Best Architectural Lighting, Most Unusual Application, Best Use of Crystal, Partner’s Award and Brightest Luminary were presented.

We combined the award presentation with a Red Carpet Crystal Event, and BJ Ferber, our representative with Elegant Lighting, gave a short talk about specifying crystal. The Legend Lighting staff had a wonderful time putting this event together and we look forward to making it even bigger and better next year.

CG&S Design-Build won the award for Best Exterior Lighting for the Central Austin project shown below. The goal was to extend living and dining outdoors for all four seasons for their client. Sconces, copper gutter cove lighting and LED twinkle lights illuminate the space.

CG&S Design Build-Best Exterior Lighting

CG&S Design Build-Best Exterior Lighting

Chelsea+Remy Design won Best Interior Lighting for this stunning master bedroom. The vaulted ceiling is lit with rope lighting hidden behind the crown molding. Pendant lighting and overhead spot lights provide the reading light without the use of table lamps.

Chelsea+Remy Design-Best Interior Lighting

Chelsea+Remy Design-Best Interior Lighting

CG&S Design-Build won a second award for Best Architectural Lighting. This creekside renovation was a complete remodel resulting in the regional, rustic charm of the exterior and a sophisticated, contemporary elegance on the interior.

CG&S Design Build-Best Architectural Lighting

CG&S Design Build-Best Architectural Lighting

Robin Bond Interiors won the award for Most Unusual Application for their remodel of a 1996 Stardust Houseboat. Short pendants were chosen to reduce the amount of motion from the waves and to account for the shorter ceilings. Cabinet lighting in the wet bar, rope lighting in the ceiling alcoves and puck lights in the entertainment center were used. A ceiling fan for overhead lighting and table lamps were adhered with velcro to keep them from sliding when the boat was rocked by  waves.

Robin Bond Interiors-Most Unusual Application

Robin Bond Interiors-Most Unusual Application

Michelle Thomas Design won the award for Best Use of Crystal for her Sweet Pea Nursery. Michelle wanted this nursery to be feminine, delicate and have one extra bit of extravagance. The pewter tones in the chandelier match perfectly with the restored antique furniture. All other furnishings are minimal and monochromatic, allowing the chandelier to be the “icing on the cake.”

Michelle Thomas Design-Best Use of Crystal

Michelle Thomas Design-Best Use of Crystal

The Partner’s Award for this year was presented to Interior Selections-Austin. This award recognizes a design firm that has chosen to use our staff’s knowledge and resources for lighting design.  Legend Lighting has had the privilege of working on numerous lighting projects with Lori Anderson and Roxanne Gutierrez and we applaud their originality and creativity.

Interior Selections-Austin-Legend Lighting Partner's Award

Interior Selections-Austin-Legend Lighting Partner’s Award

Chelsea+Remy Design won the Brightest Luminary Award to celebrate the most unique, diverse, read about, heard about, seen about lighting applications from the photos submitted. The Legend Lighting team cast anonymous ballots for each lighting category. The Brightest Luminary Award is the culmination of the vote totals.

Chelsea+Remy Design-Legend Lighting Brightest Luminary Award

Chelsea+Remy Design-Legend Lighting Brightest Luminary Award

Legend Lighting would like to thank all of the interior designers for submitting photos and to everyone that attended our first annual Illuminating Design Awards!

For photos of this event, click here to see our Red Carpet Crystal Event and Illuminating Design Awards album on Facebook.


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