When we buy an LED lighting product one of the characteristics that we must choose is its color temperature. This decision should not be made only by our personal taste but also based on lighting design principles.
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WHAT IS COLOR TEMPERATURE?
First we must understand what is LED color temperature and what are all those “K” numbers that we see when we go to buy an LED strip lights.
Color temperature is the measure we use to describe the hue of the light emitted by light and is measured in Kelvin degrees .
It is scale that can be subdivided into 3 groups:
GROUP 1: less than 3500K is Warm White.
GROUP 2: between 4000K and 5000K is Neutral White.
GROUP 3: more than 5000K is White.
COLOR TEMPERATURE: COMPARISONS WITH OTHER LIGHT SOURCES
To give you an idea about color temperature and its K degrees , we are going to give you some examples of the color temperature that certain light sources emit:
Matches and candles light: 1500K-1800K
Incandescent bulb: 2600K-2700K
Halogen bulb: 2700K-3000K
Mid-day sunlight: 4800K-5000K
Fluorescent light: 4500K-6500K
As you can see, the higher the K degrees the light will be colder and the lower, the light will be warmer.
WARM COLOR TEMPERATURE: WHEN TO CHOOSE IT?
Choose warm LED color temperature when you want to achieve intimate, relaxing or luxurious-feeling environments.
For example, at home warm LED color temperature is ideal for bedrooms or living rooms. Outdoors it is ideal for a balcony, a terrace or the entrance of the property.
In commercial activities, this color temperature is perfect for achieving intimate and relaxing settings such as a romantic restaurant, a waiting room, hotel lobby, theater or museum rooms, spa or beauty centers.
Also the warm color temperature is ideal for creating luxurious settings and sending the buyer a message of “high-end products”: example, shop for bags, shoes, high-priced clothing. Stores where leather products are sold. High-end chocolate shops, tea shops, gift shops. Wine or cigar shops.
NEUTRAL WHITE COLOR TEMPERATURE: USE IT THE RIGHT WAY
Neutral LED color temperature is ideal for spaces where we want, as its name says, to achieve a neutral atmosphere.
At home and at personal taste, it is ideal for bedrooms, living room or dining room.
At a commercial level, it is ideal for stores where it isn’t necessary to recreate intimate or luxury settings.
This temperature is also ideal for workspaces and any common day-to-day business activity.
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WHITE COLOR TEMPERATURE: WHEN TO CHOOSE IT?
White color temperature, when emitted by a professional light, is a special temperature, very elegant and highly efficient. Used in the right way, it can create really beautiful settings.
White color temperature is ideal when high levels of concentration and visualization are needed.
At home it is ideal for the kitchen. At work spaces it is ideal for offices or spaces where work is carried out where fixing your eyes and concentrating is important.
On a commercial level, white LED light is ideal for making products shine, especially white goods or glass / glassware.
In the world of catering, white light is perfect for those informal spaces, such as “fast food” restaurants.
Remember that the color temperature does NOT affect the color of things thanks to the CRI. It also has no relation to the amount of light emitted thanks to the lumens. Learn about lumens and CRI in our BLOG