What is Color Temperature?

2022-05-26

  • Color temperature, measured on the Kelvin scale, is used to describe the appearance provided by light. Different light sources produce different light colors in the range of 1,000 Kelvin to 10,000 Kelvin. Typically, commercial lighting falls on a scale between 2,000 Kelvin and 6,500 Kelvin.
     
  • The most common light's color temperature is 2700 Kelvin, which can be used in public areas, office areas, and living areas. This is a "soft white" color. As for rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, or garages, you will usually want a "brighter white" so the bulb or LED will be 3500 Kelvin or higher.
 


What color temperature is right for me?

  • From 2700K to 3000K, the produced light is called "warm white" and varies in appearance from orange to yellowish-white.
  • Color temperatures between 3500K and 4100K are referred to as "cool white" or "bright white". Lights in this range will emit a more neutral white light and may even have a slight blue tint.
  • Above 5000K, that brings us into the "daylight" color temperature. Lights with a color temperature of 6500K and above will give off a blue-white light that mimics daylight.