Technical Facts about Lighting in a SIDLER Mirrored Cabinet!
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTOIDS ABOUT THE LIGHTING IN SIDLER’S LIT MIRRORED CABINETS!
What makes the “light” in a SIDLER lit mirrored cabinet stand out?
We discussed the relationship between lighting in home and bathroom design in our blog here.
So, we thought we would share some interesting facts about the technical components of our cabinet lighting.
LIGHT INTENSITY AND EFFICIENCY
- Lumen per Watt (efficiency)
Aside from the SIDLER Quadro, our LED lit collections all have an efficiency of approximately 1000 Lumen/Foot (140 Lumens/Watt). Also, our LED lights are dimmable via 0-10V external dimmer switch.
NIGHT LIGHT FUNCTION
This is a great feature of SIDLER’s Quadro collection where you can turn off the main light and keep the night light on, which is also dimmable. Our night light is operated via an internal switch. The Quadro has a seamless, thin light profile with integrated night light function.
PROPRIETARY CRI≥ 90 (Color Rendering Index)
What is CRI and why is it important?
The CRI is an important value to measure the quality of light. SIDLER manufactures our own LED’s according to our own specifications. So in other words, they are our own proprietary CRI≥ 90. Sunlight is CRI 100 and the market standard is a CRI 80.
The reason SIDLER manufactures our own LED’s is to create lighting that represents real-life, clear and crisp colour. For example in a side by side comparison of an LED with CRI 80 versus an LED with CRI 90, you will appear more vivid, clear and your skin tone looks healthier with a CRI 90 LED. The reason for this a CRI 90 LED’s colour rendering has a more ‘true to life’ accuracy and natural detail.
“I believe in LEDs which have a CRI≥90 because as of today this shows our compromise of energy efficiency and quality of light. All reference colors R1-R15 have significantly higher values whereas R9 (saturated red) shows the biggest difference. This is essential for the real color fidelity of our skin while having better energy efficiency compared to others.” says, Dominik Mayer, Light Manufacturing Engineer at SIDLER Swiss.
SIDLER lit mirrored cabinets have a natural colour rendering index CRI ≥ 90, which means the lighting is a daylight-fast quality ( CRI = 100 ) illumination. A high CRI is prudent wherever colour precision is required for bathroom grooming activities such as applying make-up. It indicates how natural colour appears under a light source. SIDLER’s cabinet lighting comes very close to real daylight illumination.
LED ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING
- LED’s manufactured according to our specifications
- In-house Light Engineers
- Heat distribution and its longevity
The LED’s used in SIDLER Mirrored Cabinets are specked and manufactured according to SIDLER’s requirement. Our Light Engineers at our manufacturing plant in Switzerland define the light quality, efficiency, temperature and architecture required.
We only manufacture LED’s on rigid boards and on solid metal to guarantee the best heat distribution. The wrong heat distribution causes LED’s to discolour or even burn out. Therefore, our stringent manufacturing of a SIDLER LED also increases light efficiency and its longevity.
- Accessibility of components
Practically all SIDLER components are accessible direct from SIDLER. Even if our mirrored cabinet is recessed we can provide service and support. However, with our Quadro collection, some outsourced service and support may be required.