Clear vs Frosted Lens: Which is Better?
When choosing between LED light fixtures, one common question is whether to go with a Clear or a Frosted Lens. While this may not seem too important at first, the lens type chosen can impact the overall look or function of a space. With their own sets of pros and cons, let’s explore when and how each lens type should be used.
As the name suggests, this lens type is clear, meaning that the lens is transparent and the LED Chips are visible. This allows for more light to come through, increasing the overall brightness and efficiency of the fixture. However, harder shadows and potential glare might cause issues in certain applications, such as reading or studying. As a result, this type of lens is most often used in areas where accented or brightened light is needed, as everything will appear crisper.
By contrast, going with a frosted lens will result in a greater even distribution of light, at the cost of some of the LED’s efficiency. The diffuser helps soften shadows and prevent light from shining too directly and causing glare. This is especially useful in spaces that require even lighting or a cozier feel, such as most residential applications and smaller stores.
With the differences of LED clear vs. frosted lens in mind, it is also important to note that factors such as the CCT, CRI, and the cost are typically marginally if at all different, so it is better to choose based on the application.
While most general lighting applications use a diffuser or some type of frosted lens such as with our LED Linear High Bay Fixtures, having clear lens fixtures in task areas and other areas of emphasis is still important.
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- Michael Tomas