Lighting as a Decorating Tool

Understanding Color Temperature

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By Laura Davis

These days there are so many options for LED lighting. From various wattages to filaments to dimmability to color temperatures, it’s tough to know what to look for.  In this article, we take a look at the COLOR TEMPERTURE – an often over looked element of your LED bulbs.

Ever since Edison introduced us to the very first modern, prototypical, electric light bulb in 1879, we have seen everything illuminated by these incandescent bulbs in their “Soft White” color temperature, measured at 2,700K (Degrees Kelvin). The light created by these bulbs has given off a slightly yellowish glow for over 130 years, making the colors in our homes feel warm and cozy the entire time.

Although our eyes have adjusted to the “Soft White” color temperature of incandescent bulbs over the years, this doesn’t mean that they are necessarily the best option for all lighting applications. This option might be nice in bedrooms and living rooms, but what about in a bathroom, an office, basement, or garage, where your projects are more critical? Applying makeup, doing paperwork and repairing bikes often requires a truer, “Bright White” light, that shows truer colors and more contrasts.

With that in mind, here are some tips on how to light the different rooms in your home most effectively:

SOFT WHITE/WARM WHITE:
3,000K or less on the Kelvin Scale. Best for bedrooms and living rooms; providing a traditional warm, cozy feel to them.

BRIGHT WHITE/COOL WHITE:
4,000K or higher on the Kelvin Scale. Best in kitchens, bathrooms or garages; giving rooms a whiter, more energetic feel.

DAYLIGHT:
3,500K on the Kelvin Scale. Best in kitchens, bathrooms or basements; good for reading, intricate projects, or applying makeup because it provides the greatest contrast among colors and is closest to natural light.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you and what works best in your home and office spaces. The great thing is that there now exists a range of options to choose from, so you can create the look and feel you desire for each and every room in your home or office.  For more information on color temperature or to see the colors in person, stop by our lighting showroom on Town Line Rd.

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