Choosing The Right Colour Temperature

The colour temperature of your light bulbs are something many people may not consider when moving into a new home or installing a new light, yet the look and feel of a room can be greatly affected by your choice. Colour temperature refers to the colour of light that is emitted by a light bulb, which can then affect the atmosphere and mood created for your space. Colour temperature is measured using the Kelvin scale, where Kelvins are used to measure the temperature of an item and its relative energy. Based on the Kelvin scale, the higher the colour temperature the cooler the light will be. The three common colour temperatures are warm white, cool white and daylight. The most popular option is warm white as it gives off a soft, soothing glow (see below).

You can easily tell apart the colour temperature of your bulbs as the warm bulbs will emit a soft yellow/orange glow to create a relaxing atmosphere, whereas the cool bulbs emit a much brighter and vibrant, slightly blue tone colour temperature. Warm bulbs (1000K-3000K on the Kelvin scale) are more common in rooms such as living rooms and bedrooms to add a warm, cozy feel. Cool temperature bulbs (3100K-4500K on the Kelvin scale) are more common in rooms used for tasks such as kitchens or in homes to compliment contemporary décor. Anything higher on the Kelvin scale (4600K-6500K) are daylight temperature bulbs, which is meant to mimic the effect of the sun’s natural light. This colour temperature gives off a blue hue and are more common in rooms that require a brighter light such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. Daylight temperature bulbs can also be very beneficial for people who get affected by the changing seasons or the ‘winter blues’ as the light simulate natural daylight.

Some of our lights have colour temperature technology integrated within the light, for example our exclusive Sirius (above lights) & Ahena pendants from our CP Luxe Collection can go from warm white to cool white to daylight by simply flicking your light switch on and off. We also offer lights that you can choose the colour temperature by using a remote control, such as our popular Heath LED chain pendant by CPLIGHTS.COM

Besides choosing a colour temperature to suit the atmosphere of the room, consider which lighting would suit your décor and style. For example, a room styled with golds, creams and neutrals may suit warm white bulbs whereas chromes, silvers and whites may suit cool white light.

We have a wide variety of bulbs in each colour temperature suitable for our lights, supplied from a range of brands such as Tala, Buster + Punch, British Electric and many more. We advise checking the recommended/available bulbs section on our products and checking how many bulbs the light needs when purchasing your lights as we have included the best suited bulbs and which we recommend for the specific product.

Choosing The Right Colour Temperature
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Choosing The Right Colour Temperature
Learn the difference between a warm white, cool white & daylight bulb and where to effectively use them in your home.
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