What is color temperature?

Ever purchased a new light bulb, expecting it to be the same color as the one you are replacing, but it was either a lot brighter than expected or darker? This is due to the color temperature. Measured in kelvin degrees, the higher the color temperature, the cooler it is, the lower the color temperature, the warmer it is. Not only does color temperature determine how your space looks, but it also impacts the way you and others feel.

Color temperatures levels from 1,000K to 10,000K.

Why does color temperature matter?

Compare the lighting of a hospital or mall, to the lighting of a restaurant for dinner. The lighting in the mall/hospital is a higher temperature this is to promote alertness and calmness. While warmer color temperatures, the ones commonly found in restaurants, provide a sense of warmth, comfort and bring out designs in the interior design of the setting.

What color temperature should I choose?

The color temperature you choose depends on the setting that you are trying to illuminate. The light you choose should highlight the design elements of the furniture in the room.

Residential

Bright kitchen lights installed with pot lights and linear track lights.
  • Warm White (2700 K): Welcoming, smooth and relaxed lighting.
  • White (3000 K): Dynamic and even lighting. Create a neutral light for a friendly and relaxed environment!
  • Cool White (4000 K): Radiant, clean and stimulating lighting. Design a space perfect for reading with a modern look!

Restaurant

Dinner time at a busy restaurant with a low light temperature that helps set the mood.
  • Warm White (2700-3000 K): Welcoming and smooth lighting.
  • White (3500 K): Dynamic and even lighting. Create a neutral light for a balanced environment!
  • Cool White (4100 K): Radiant, clean and stimulating lighting. Helps increase contrast, perfect for task lighting and work environments!
  • Daylight (5000K): Pleasant and luminous lighting. It imitates sunlight to create a stimulating and lively environment!

Types of Restaurant Lighting

Commercial Office

Linear office light fixture installations that increase productivity and employee moral.
  • Warm White (2700-3000 K): Welcoming and smooth lighting.
  • White (3500 K): Dynamic and even lighting. Create a neutral light for a balanced environment!
  • Cool White (4100 K): Radiant, clean and stimulating lighting. Helps increase contrast, perfect for task lighting and work environments!
  • Daylight (5000 K): Pleasant and luminous lighting. It imitates sunlight to create a stimulating and lively environment!

Warehouse

Warehouse lighting to help employees stay alert and focused.
  • Warm White (3000 K): Smooth lighting. Highlights reds and yellows; it is ideal for smaller warehouses!
  • White (3500 K): Dynamic and even lighting. Create a neutral light for a balanced environment!
  • Cool White (4100 K): Radiant, clean and stimulating lighting. It helps increase contrast, perfect for large warehouses!
  • Daylight (5000 K): Pleasant and luminous lighting. It imitates sunlight to create a stimulating and clean environment!