Creating Atmosphere

Create your ideal atmosphere by choosing the perfect LED light colour (or color) temperature for every setting…

LED lights offer a multitude of color temperatures to cater for your every need.

Lighting characteristics are measured by Kelvin (K). This indicates the color of the lighting but not how much light you can expect to receive. In general, LED bulbs that have a lower Kelvin rating are warmer than the LED lights with a higher rating.

Cool colors are brighter and give off a light that is similar to a fluorescent tube bulb. They have a mild blue tint to them.

Warm colors have more of a yellow tint. In general, warm colored LED bulbs resemble the lighting you’d find with a halogen bulb.

Applied examples:


5,000K LED lamp will provide natural daylight effects.

Commercial applications:

5,000K – 5,200K would work well in the following conditions

  • Retail stores
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Classrooms
  • Warehouses
  • Public bathrooms
  • Cold storage facilities
  • Board and conference rooms

The standard color amount for most commercial buildings is 4,100K. This is the approximate amount of color that you would get from a fluorescent tube with a bright white rating.

However, this 4,100K, while being the standard color, sits outside of the daylight spectrum. It’s also the color type that has been the most inexpensive to produce in fluorescent lighting.

A better LED light temperature for larger room areas would be anywhere from 5,000K up to 5,200K. These bulbs will bring about a daylight effect, which improves working conditions. This light measure is easier on the eyes as it is more natural and is a close match to that of daylight.

The benefits of this include improved staff contentment, who experience less headaches, have reduced time off and hence a more efficient working environment is enabled when compared to environments that use fluorescent bulbs or tones that are outside human’s natural light spectrum.

LED color temperature in the home

The basics:

You have a choice between a cool white or a warm white bulb for your home.

Before purchasing your LED bulbs you’ll want to figure out what type of ambiance you’re looking to achieve in the room first. Do you want to have the look of natural daylight or would you prefer a warmer look for a softer effect? This will all depend on what the room is being used for and what needs to get accomplished in it.

For example, while you may want to choose a warm white for the bedroom to give it a softer glow, you may want to keep a walk-in closet that’s attached to the bedroom brightly illuminated with a cool white LED fixture. While the warm lighting in the bedroom itself should be more intimate and soft, you’ll want a full daylight effect in the closet to help you choose your clothes properly.

Cool or Warm?

Warm lighting:

Dining room, bedroom, living room and hallways to create a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Cooler white shades:

Bathrooms and kitchens where proper lighting is especially important.

A combination of both:

In the living room you may decide to use a warm color temperature to create a relaxed atmosphere that uses cool accent lighting to highlight something specific in the room. When you combine these light forms this way, the effect can be extremely aesthetically pleasing. You can also do it the other way where you use cool lighting in the food preparation area in the kitchen but then have a warm fixture sitting above the table or an island where food is served. The warm lighting helps to tone down the cool bright white without affecting its functionality.

Once you have purchased a few LED fixtures you’ll get used to the lighting options available and can even switch them to create different effects. There is a lot more flexibility available with LED lights than ever before and you can make your home, come alive with warm white, cool white or even different color variations when you’re feeling adventurous.

So now you have the knowledge to enable better lighting choices. However, if you would like further advise please email us with any questions.

We welcome your conversations.


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