DICTATE YOUR MOOD WITH THE PERFECT COLOR TEMPERATURE!
Temperature is the measure of hotness or coldness of a room or body but with balancing interior lighting, color temperature purely focuses on the warmth or coolness of light.
Just like some geographical zones make good adventure places in summer due to the cool summer temperatures, likewise the lighting in a room can dictate one’s comfort and function when in a room. For this reason, it is important to choose the right color temperature for a given space. Always remember, color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light bulb.
It is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000. The warmer the color the lower the color temperature. Question is, how then do I read these given a scale? Where would I focus each light temperature scale?
- 1. Warm white
- The lower end of the scale ranges from 2000K to 3000K, and is called “warm white”. It emits a soft hue with a nice yellow / orange glow, offering a relaxing, welcoming ambient lighting effect It gives a cozy, calm, inviting and intimate feeling to one using the space. This color temperature is mainly installed in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.
2. Natural white
- Color temperatures between 3100K and 4500K are referred to as “cool white/ bright white/ natural white.” These produce a more neutral white light and give a much brighter and vibrant color temperature as compared to the warm white. Natural white best suits a bright modern home because it perfectly complements contemporary décor especially in kitchens, bathrooms and workspaces.
2. Day light
- Above 4500K-6000K is the “daylight” color temperature of light. For spaces aimed at concentration such as reading rooms, halls and offices, a daylight color temperature should be applied as it can aid concentration due to its energetic feel. It can also be suitable for laundries and bathrooms.
Remember that the magic here is not in mixing color temperatures in a room, but rather that once a color temperate is chosen, you stick to it and make sure all lights in that space are the same. However, if layering is applied, a few considerations will need to be made. This is because understanding color temperatures will help create the right ambiance and tone for your interior space.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- 1. Wall paint colors
Colors of your walls, floor, ceiling and furnishings. If your home mostly consists of cool colors like blacks, greys, blues, greens, and crisp whites, a cool LED color temperature such as 3000K or 3500K might be the best choice for complementing your décor.
2. Accents/ Materials used
On the other hand, if your home is full of natural materials like hardwood floors, tongue and groove ceilings, wood cabinets and furniture, woven rugs and fabrics in browns, tans, reds, oranges, warmer white LEDs will likely be your best bet.
3. The style of your home.
Traditional and transitional homes typically look best under warm white light. This is because in the old days, candle lights, gas lights and oven lights were the light of a room. Warm light is best in this case because it gives off the glow similar to that of the old-fashioned homes.
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