What is Color Temperature?

Light color is measured on a temperature scale, known as Kelvins (K).

High Kelvin temperatures, ranging from 5000 K to 6500 K, produce white color light. White color lights are cool color and give daylight effect. These lights appear bluish-white as Kelvin temperature increases.

Mid-Range Kelvin temperatures, ranging from 4000 K to 4500 K, produce a mix of white and yellow lights. These lights give a natural white effect. 

Low Kelvin temperatures, ranging from 2700 K to 3200 K, produce yellow color light. Yellow color lights give a warm-glow effect and are also known as warm-white lights.

 

                

 

Color Temperature by Application

Different applications require different color lights. Specific tasks require certain type of lighting for best results. Use the guide below to find the best color temperature for your application:

Cool White: Best used in areas where clear bright white light is needed. Recommended for display areas in shops, garages/warehouses, hospitals, offices and commercial buildings, security lighting and other outdoor lighting applications.

Natural White: Provides natural, bright and inviting light to any room. Can be used in cafeterias, lobby areas, general offices, or at home for living areas, bedroom, kitchens and bathrooms.

Warm White: Used in areas where yellowish warm-glow light is needed. Can be used for ornamental or decorative lighting such as in jewelry showrooms, cabinets or showcases. Warm white color lights have pleasant and cozy effect and are also used in hospitality sectors, and in home bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.

 

Color Temperature and Interiors

Color Temperature affects the appearance of spaces and objects. The right color lights can enhance the look and feel of a room.

The yellowish color of warm white lights can be used to enhance the yellow, orange, red and brown colors in a room or area. To enhance neutral, blue and green colors, natural or cool white lights can be used.