What is Color Temperature

A short guide on what is color temperature

What is color temperature and how to use it to your advantage

Color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light source. It is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000.

Categories of White

At the lower end of the scale, from 2000K to 3000K, the light produced is called “warm white” and ranges from orange to yellow-white in appearance.

Color temperatures between 3100K and 4500K are referred to as “cool white” or “bright white.” Light bulbs within this range will emit a more neutral white light and may even have a slightly blue tint.

Above 4500K brings us into the “daylight” color temperature of light. Light bulbs with color temperatures of 4500K and above will give off a blue-white light that mimics daylight.

Shades of White

2700K – Warm White

This color temperature is most commonly used in homes, restaurants and hotels because of it’s warm, cozy and inviting glow – similar to a sunset or candlelight.

3000K – Soft White

A soft white temperature still provides warmth, but a bit more clarity for completing tasks. This color is common in bathrooms and kitchen areas.

3500K – Neutral White

A neutral white mimics natural “middle of the day” light, and is ideal for spaces that require alertness such as office spaces and retail stores. This light is still warm and easy on the eyes, but promotes focused activities.

4100K – Cool White

When an environment requires more precision, a cool white light is ideal. This lighting color is used mainly in professional garages and grocery stores, which need crisp lighting for workers and customers to see detail when working on a car, and the colors of food as correctly as possible.

5000K – Bright White

Some locations require very bright white lighting for ultimate clarity. These spaces include warehouses, sport stadiums, hospitals, ER rooms and other industries where the brightest light is needed to perform tasks correctly.

6500K – Daylight

This color temperature has an apparent blue tone, and mimics natural daylight from the sun. It is commonly used for indoor farming, greenhouses and other agricultural purposes.

Now we know about the different shades of white but how to use that knowledge to improve my living, you will find tips & tricks in our next post here.

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Frequently asked Questions

What is color temperature?

Color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light source. It is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000.

What is meant by Colour temperature?

Color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light source. A light bulb’s color temperature lets us know what the look and feel of the light produced will be. The higher the colour temperature, the cooler, more energising light will be. A lower colour temperature will produce a warmer, more relaxing glow

What is the best color temperature for lighting?

Warm White (2700 K): Welcoming, smooth and relaxed lighting. Creating a cozy and inviting ambience.

Which color temperature is brighter 3000k or 4000k?

The higher you go in the Kelvin Rating, you get more color in the light in exchange for visibility. So 3000k will be just slightly brighter than 4000k.

Which color temperature is brighter 5000k or 8000k?

The higher you go in the Kelvin Rating, you get more color in the light in exchange for visibility. So 5000k will be just slightly brighter than 8000k and 8000k will be slightly brighter than 10000k and so on but they will have more color to them.

What is perfectly white light on the Kelvin scale?

The color temperature of 5000k, emitting perfectly white light. 4300k and 6000k will be just as bright but will have a very light tint of yellow (4300K) or blue (6000K).

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