LED lighting technology is all the rage, and there are great reasons to invest in LED lights. (Beyond using them as a lightsaber.) However, photographers are keenly aware that it's not just the light that's important, but also the quality of light you have.

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One tool we can use to assess the color accuracy of a light is the color rendering index, or CRI, which provides some information about how accurately a light can reveal color compared to an 'ideal' light. A light which perfectly emulates the color accuracy of natural daylight would have a CRI score of 100.

Companies love to state CRI numbers on their products, leading you to believe that they can provide the color accuracy you're looking for. However, while a higher CRI number is generally better, it's important to understand how that number is generated, and why it's not as definitive as manufacturers like to make it sound.

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