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Choosing the Right Colour Temperature for my Lights

December 10, 2018 147 Comments

Choosing the Right Colour Temperature for my Lights

 Before you can buy any kind of light, it is necessary to know the right colour temperature and the basics such as how light is measured in temperature. In terms of light appearance, it is measured through the Kelvin scale. On the other hand, the brightness of a bulb is measured using the Lumen rating. This means the higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb is.

Room size and setting

In the process of choosing the right light for your space, it is important to ensure that the brightness is not too high.  Determining the right amount of light in a room can be challenging since people’s comfort with brightness levels vary from one person to another. The size of a space is another important factor to consider when choosing how bright a light bulb should be. Location or the place where light will be installed as well as other fixtures can contribute to how much light should there be in a room.

To make things easier, there are online lumens and watts calculator that can help a homeowner the right amount of light for all rooms in a building or house. What needs to be done is to enter the dimensions of the room, light placement, the illumination intensity and choose between lighter or darker walls.

Old Vs New bulbs: Does the brightness/colour temperature change?

The older type of bulbs or incandescent bulbs consume more power than LED bulbs. For example, if you are using a 50W incandescent bulb this provides less light than a 50W LED bulb. In case you plan to replace your 50W incandescent bulb with a LED bulb then opt for a 10W bulb and the lumen rating for both bulbs is estimated to be the same. Keep in mind that the watts may vary however the Kelvin scale remains the same.

Colour Range

 To give you an idea about colour temperatures or how cool or warm a colour is, check out the indicated colour temperature on the package.

 

 

This is a colour scale used to determine the right amount of light for a room or space.

2700K – 3000K – For warmer colours, choose from this range. The brightness from this level is soothing and highly recommended for areas where you want to entertain  guests or just relax.

4000K – 4500K – This is a more balanced white light range. Warm and soft colours of the light blend well in this range . This is a natural white light.

For more than 4800K – Otherwise known as daylight and lights within this range are often installed in offices, bathrooms, workshops where visibility is crucial.

In the market there are different types of light with different ranges of colour temperature. This  means there are many options for people who are looking to buy lamps or light for their homes or space.  Depending on the mood , the preference and the size of the room where one will install the light, anyone can now find the right kind of light for them.




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