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From Warm to Cool: Understanding the Impact of Colour Temperature

Lighting can make a huge difference in the overall ambiance of a space. In addition to illuminating the room, the right lighting can create a cosy and inviting atmosphere or a bright and energising environment. One aspect of lighting that can make a significant impact is the colour temperature. Understanding the concept of colour temperature and its impact on your space can help you choose the right lighting scheme for your home or office.


What is Colour Temperature?


Colour temperature refers to the warmth or coolness of light. It is measured in degrees Kelvin (K) and ranges from warm or yellowish light at around 2700K to cool or bluish light at around 6500K. The colour temperature scale is based on the colour of light produced when a black object is heated to different temperatures. The higher the temperature, the cooler the light appears.


Warm vs. Cool Light


Warm light has a lower colour temperature and appears yellowish or orange. It creates a cosy and inviting ambiance that is perfect for bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Warm light is also known as soft white or warm white and typically has a colour temperature between 2700K to 3000K. Cool light has a higher colour temperature and appears bluish or white. It is energizing and stimulating and is ideal for task lighting, such as in the kitchen, office, or bathroom. Cool light is also known as daylight or cool white and typically has a colour temperature between 4000K to 5000K.


The Impact of Colour Temperature in Your Space


The colour temperature of light can have a significant impact on the mood and ambiance of a space. Warm light creates a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, while cool light provides a more energetic and focused environment. Let's take a closer look at the impact of colour temperature on different spaces in your home or office:



Living Room The living room is often the central hub of your home, where you spend time with family and entertain guests. Warm light is ideal for creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere in the living room. Use table lamps, floor lamps, or dimmable overhead lights with warm white bulbs to create a comfortable and relaxing ambiance. You can also add accent lighting to highlight artwork or other decorative elements in the room.


The dining room is another space where warm light is perfect for creating a welcoming atmosphere. Use pendant lights or chandeliers with warm white bulbs to create a soft and comfortable ambiance for dining. You can also use accent lighting to highlight the table centrepiece or other decorative elements in the room.


The bedroom is a space where you want to create a relaxing and calming ambiance. Warm light is perfect for creating a comfortable and cosy environment in the bedroom. Use table lamps or floor lamps with warm white bulbs to create a soft and inviting atmosphere. You can also use dimmable overhead lights to adjust the lighting according to your mood and needs.


The kitchen is a space where you need bright and focused lighting for cooking and other tasks. Cool light is perfect for creating an energising and stimulating environment in the kitchen. Use LED under-cabinet lights, track lighting, or recessed lighting with cool white bulbs to provide task lighting and brighten up the space.


The bathroom is another space where you need bright and focused lighting for grooming and other tasks. Cool light is perfect for creating a bright and refreshing environment in the bathroom. Use LED vanity lights, recessed lighting, or pendant lights with cool white bulbs to provide task lighting and create a clean and modern look.


When selecting lights for your home, do not hesitate to consider LED lighting. Not only is it highly energy-efficient, but it also produces exceptional colour quality, surpassing any other technology available. For cooler climates, a warm white 3000K light is recommended, while those who prefer the old incandescent colour should opt for 2700K. "Warm dimming" lights are now available on the market, which mimic the behaviour of halogen lighting, offering a 3000K light at full brightness and dimming to 2500K, replicating traditional lighting effects. In hotter, more humid climates, a cool white 4000K light may be preferred for a fresh, cold feeling, but it is not advisable to go all the way up to 6000K, which can be too extreme and difficult to relax in. Commercial spaces typically use 4000K lighting, which helps keep you alert and awake - ideal for work environments, but not ideal for unwinding at the end of the day.


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