What does colour temperature mean? Is colour temperature important?

Colour Temperature indicates a light appearance emitted by a fixture and is measured in kelvins(K). In general, the higher the number, the whiter/cooler the light appears. When selecting lighting, it is crucial that we select the right colour temperature as it can impact and define the mood in your home.

Ranging between 1500K - 6500K, colour temperatures are often referred to as warm white, natural white and daylight to describe the temperature of light. Depending on the source, some may label 4000K as natural/neutral white or cool white. Therefore, it is best to refer to the actual kelvins when matching lights in your home. For residential applications, warm white (2000-3000K) and natural white (4000K) are the most popular.

Warm white (3000K) is closest to the colour of a candlelight, giving off a soft warm glow that can create a calming and relaxed atmosphere. It is most suited to bedrooms, living areas and dining rooms.

Natural white (4000K) is a neutral white as it is a balanced mix of both warm and daylight white. Natural white is a versatile colour temperature as it is not too warm and offers sufficient brightness without looking too clinical in the home. Natural white is most suited to kitchens, bathrooms and studies, where clear bright light is required to complete tasks.

Daylight white (5000K+) should be selectively applied in the home, as the blue light can appear clinical and harsh. It is recommended to be used sparingly, such as direct task lighting in offices or garages.

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