Unleash the power of Colour Temperatures When Choosing your LED Lights

Unleash the power of Colour Temperatures When Choosing your LED Lights

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Unleash the power of Colour Temperatures When Choosing your LED Lights

Colour Temperature is one of the lesser-known characteristics of visible light. Very few homeowners take into consideration the colour temperature when choosing lighting for their homes and yet this is one factor that can have a tremendous impact on the overall ambience and aesthetics of your interior and exterior spaces.

Understanding Colour Temperature and How It Is Measured

The colour temperature of light is measured in Kelvins or K. LED lights can come in a range of colour temperatures usually between 2500K and 6000K. The term temperature has nothing to do with heat or how hot the bulb feels when you touch it, instead it represents the colour or ‘hue’ of the light it emits.  Lower Kelvin temperatures indicate warmer colours whereas higher Kelvin temperatures indicate cooler colours.

A lower K rating between 2500K and 3000K emits a warm light that imbues the space with a calming, romantic vibe, like candlelight. The colour temperature range is great for the bedroom, living room and dining room.

Colour temperatures between 3000K and 4500K produce a cool or neutral white light, like daylight from the Sun, that is mostly used when the light is needed for practical purposes and not intended to induce a ‘mood’. This range is great for use in the kitchen, garage and laundry.

Colour temperatures 4500K and above result in a very stark light with a blue tinge that is less relaxing and more crisp and vibrant. These cold tones give the room a subtle effect of attention and motivation, which makes them inappropriate for a cosy lounge room but ideal for your home office. You would find it hard to nod off to sleep in a room with a light that’s blazing bright at 6000K.  

Layering Colours Creates Different Effects in Any Room 

Understanding the kind of light that the different colour temperatures produce can open up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to decorating your space.  A professional lighting designer will harness the different temperatures and layer them to form atmosphere like an artist layers’ paints on a canvas.  

At home, you can use different combinations to create the right ambience in your home for different occasions. Soft warm lighting with the fireplace going in the background creates the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening for two, or intimate dinner party. With a flick of a few switches, you can turn off the warm lights and switch on the cooler, brighter lights for a comfortable reading room with a completely different atmosphere.

You can also use different combinations to great effect to highlight specific features in the room. Focusing lights with neutral colour temperatures on a prized possession, piece of art, or special features in the room while lighting up the other areas of the room with warmer colour temperatures; creates a subtle layering effect. What’s particularly great about applying colour temperature layers is that it builds an atmosphere that is different, yet deliberate, but nobody can say exactly why.

Colour Temps Can Be Combined with Dimming To Create A Wide Range Of Moods

Combing colour temperature with dimming adds another dimension to the canvas, taking the decorating possibilities to the next level. You can use different colour temperatures at different intensities to create a range of subtle highlights and lowlights in any room, and the palette of available ‘moods’ is increased 10 fold. The interplay between colour temperature and dimming makes a fantastic design statement without anyone consciously noticing it when they walk into the room. 

Using Colour Temperatures For Different Purposes In The Home

The colour temperature of the lighting that you install in a room will affect the atmosphere and mood of the room. Using the right colour temperature is important to induce the right frame of mind.

The master bedroom, living room and dining room should usually have warm lighting or lights with lower K rating, or be layered so that warm and neutral can be switched depending on what the room is being used for.

Neutral colour temperatures are ideal for the family room, kids and guest bedrooms and exterior lighting.

Cold temperatures or lights with higher K work best for rooms that need to be brightly lit such as the kitchen, laundry and garage.  External architectural lighting can also be cold temperatures to get that vibrant look to exterior surfaces.


So with most LED light fittings available in 3 or more colour temperatures across the range, without spending any further money you have another way to increase the aesthetic potency of your lighting choices.  




Unleash the power of Colour Temperatures When Choosing your LED Lights


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