Written by Dewy

Everything on Kelvin

Sounds familiar? While shopping, you'd like to try something on. As soon as you step into the fitting room, you're almost blinded by the bright TL light. The cold and bright light isn't flattering at all. Now imagine having that same light at home in your bathroom or, even worse, in your living room. That wouldn't be very cozy. That's why you should always take a careful look at you lighting source's color temperature.

Why look at Kelvin?

Light source Kelvin

You're looking for a new light source for in your fixture. What should you look at? Well, you should look at several things, such as the fitting and the number of lumens. You should definitely not forget the color temperature either. You may have decided to get a white lamp, but there are hundreds of different shades of white, each of which radiates a completely different atmosphere. For example, bright daylight white is practical, but not very cozy. Yet, that bright light may be useful in some circumstances. Color temperature can help you carry out certain tasks, but it could also be a hindrance.

Kelvin explained

A light source's color temperature is expressed in Kelvin, where 0°C is 273 Kelvin. The lower the number of Kelvin, the warmer the light color and vice versa. For a low color temperature, think of a very warm yellow light and for a high color temperature, think of a cool, bright white light. Simply put, the color temperature indicates how warm or cool the light is. Instead of a certain number of Kelvin, to simplify things, we often use terms like extra warm white, warm white, neutral white, or cool white light.

Want to know which color temperature 2,700 Kelvin has? Or want to know how much Kelvin you'll need to create cool white light? Check the list below.

Kelvin Color temperature
2,700 Kelvin Extra warm white light
3,000 Kelvin Warm white light
4,000 Kelvin Neutral white light
6,500 Kelvin Cool white light

LED lighting

LED lighting

When you imagine a light bulb, most people will immediately imagine a cozy, warm light. An LED light, on the other hand, many people will associate with ice cold white light, of the kind you might find in a fitting room. That's definitely not always the case, though. LED lighting has developed over the years. You definitely won't require a light bulb to create a warm atmosphere, on the contrary. LED lighting now comes in hundreds of different shades of white, including warm shades. Some smart lights, for example, allow you to set the color temperature yourself.

Playing with light color

Light color

White light comes in hundreds of shades of white, but there are more ways of playing with light color. Perhaps a colored light source would be something for you? That way, you'll give your space a blue, green, or yellow glow. Some smart lamps come with accompanying apps that allow you to choose from 16 million different colors. Don't feel like choosing a color yourself? Get a lamp that features preset lighting scenes. For example, there are light scenes to concentrate, to relax, or to read. Perhaps you would like to be woken up by your lamp. In that case, get a light source with a timer function, where the warm light gets increasingly bright. That's a nice way to wake up.

Conclusion

Lighting creates a certain atmosphere in your house. But lighting can also help you carry out certain tasks at home. That's why you should carefully check your light source's color temperature. For low color temperatures, think of warm candlelight. Cozy, but not useful when you want to study or while preparing a meal in your kitchen. First carefully consider where you'll be hanging up your light source and then adjust the color temperature to that.

Dewy
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Dewy
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