What is Lighting Colour for residential LED lighting

Lighting Colour for residential LED lighting describes the type of white light produced by a light fixture. When purchasing an LED light it is important to consider the light colour and its impacts on your space. This article discusses the best light colours to choose to create a warm comfortable atmosphere in your home. The colour of light produced by a fitting is expressed in Kelvins.

Some general light colours and their characteristics are described in the table below.

Light TypeLight Colour (Kelvins)Characteristics
A match stick burning1700 K 
Candle light1850 K 
Incandescent globe2400 KAmber glow
Soft white globe2700 KAmber / yellow
Warm white LED globe3000 KWarm white, general multipurpose common light colour
Warm light2700 – 3300 K 
Cool light fluorescent tube4000 K 
Cool light3300 – 5300 KBrighter light, found in shops, schools, offices and public buildings.
Day light5300 – 6500 KBlue white light, found in factories, workshops, and hospitals

Based on the light colours and their characteristics listed in the table above, You can see that lighting for residential applications should generally fall in the Kelvin range below 3300K. Higher Kelvin rated lights should generally be reserved for high detail areas such as workshops and kitchen preparation spaces.

Utilising lights in the lower lighting colour temperature range to layer uplighting effects can also be a good design strategy.  As can having multiple lighting strategies for the same space when it is being used for different purposes.

For more information about lighting colour temperature we recommend visiting Britannica here or Wikipedia here. Or, to browse our range of LED lights with colour temperatures noted click here.

The photograph accompanying this article is accredited to Kari Shea @Karishea.

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