On an energy efficiency kick and want to do a lighting audit? Think you’re set because you just found an awesome new app on your smartphone to help you do it? Maybe not….
I’m in the midst of gathering together some top products for helping to improve the energy efficiency of your home. I found the Android app “Lux Meter” and thought it would make the whole lighting audit process even simpler and easier. But, you know, you have to check these things.
I went ahead and compared the app to a professional light meter. The downloaded app is absolutely terrible, and anyone using it to adjust the lighting in their work/life environment will end up using about 6x too much light.
The pic above isn’t excellent, but you can see that the app is showing almost no light (0 foot candles), compared to 97 lux (or about 8-9 foot candles) on the professional meter.
In other words, stick with the professional light meter!
I haven’t run across other such apps, but if you know of any that you think are more accurate, I’d be happy to check it (or them) out. Drop us a note!