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How to Choose the Suitable Light Temperature for Your Lamp Fixtures

by Vlen Feng
How to Choose the Suitable Light Temperature for Your Lamp Fixtures

In order to create a more comfortable living environment, you need to consider different color temperature for different areas when you pick lamp fixtures. In this article we will tell you how to choose a suitable light temperature for different rooms in your house.


4 Common Ranges of Color temperature

Color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K), and there are four common ranges: 

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  • Soft white (2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin) is warm and yellow, the typical color range you get from incandescent bulbs. This light gives a warm and cozy feeling and is often best for living rooms, dens and bedrooms.
  • Warm white (3,000 to 4,000 Kelvin) is more yellowish-white. These bulbs are best suited for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Bright white (4,000 to 5,000 Kelvin) is between white and blue tones. With a less cozy and more energetic feel, bulbs with this color range are best for work spaces (such as a home office or garage) and kitchens with chrome fixtures.
  • Daylight (5,000 to 6,500 Kelvin) has a more bluish tone. This light color will maximize contrast for colors, making it ideal for working, reading or applying makeup.


The ideal color temperature for bathroom & make up 

Generally, we fix two types of lights in the bathroom. These are ambient and task lights. Ambient lights are used for general illumination. And task lights are those which are fixed near the mirror.

Color temperature of ambient lights does not matter a lot. However, choice of task lights is much important. You should choose bathroom task lights with a color temperature of 6500K. These are cooler lights and give actual look in the mirror.

Makeup artists also use cooler lights. These lights show customers their real look. So, lights with a color temperature of 6500K are best to use as task lights. Different kinds of LEDs with 6500K temperature are available in the market.

Either you fix strips or halogen bulbs, keep in account color temperature replicates natural daylight. If you fix a warmer light near the mirror, it will make your face flaws less noticeable.


The ideal color temperature for Living rooms and Dining rooms

Living rooms and Dining rooms are social rooms in your home to seat guests, eating a nice meal, just kick back and relax. You need to make the place more inviting, so you can go for warm white light or neutral light between warm and cool white light, suggested color temperature between 2900K to 4100K


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The ideal color temperature for Bedrooms

Warm white lights can provide the relaxed, peaceful mood required in a bedroom. Color temperature from 2700K to 3000K is suggested. For tasks like reading, you should use cool white light. Therefore, Color temperature from 5000K to 6000K is suitable for reading lamp or bedside lamp.


The best color temperature for Kitchen

Kitchen is a place where many tasks take place, so you will need bright cool white light to do your tasks comfortably. As we see more white colors being used in contemporary kitchens, the lights we choose to use within them needs to be Cool White, but without a “hospital” type feel too. Color temperature ranges from 4100K to 5500K is suggested.  However, when working with white cabinetry we generally want a bright white light that works within a home. This falls in the range of 4500K-5500K.

by Vlen Feng


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