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LED lights are capable of emitting a wide range of colors (using RGB diodes) and color temperatures. Focusing on the latter, it is vital to learn about these settings in order to improve clarity, when working on detailed tasks, or mood, for residential homes and commercial spaces.
In LEDs, color temperature is measured using the Kelvin scale. On the low end (roughly 1,500K-3,000K) light appears warm and yellowish – closely resembling a candle or incandescent bulb. The middle range of the scale (4,500K-7,000K) offers beams that appear white and sharp. At the high end of the spectrum (8,000K-12,000K) light is extremely bright and comes with bluish tones, which is similar to afternoon daylight conditions.
Read on to learn about choosing color temperature settings for your workplace or home.
Commercial Offices and Industrial Sites
Generally speaking, most LED lighting requirements in busy work facilities – both office work and industrial settings – require illumination in the 4,500-7,500K range. Productivity is known to remain constant or increase at this range, as light beams start to incorporate bluish tones. White, bluish light is associated with alertness, which is why staring at your mobile phone before going to bed results in poor sleep quality. Furthermore, this range is suitable for accurate color depiction and detailed tasks that require constant, bright illumination.
The high range of the scale (8,000K-12,000K) is mostly reserved for movie production or concert LED lights systems. These applications require “exaggerated” illumination for recording purposes and editing.
Lobbies, Walkways and Bedroom Lighting
The low end of color temperature settings is beneficial for locations that don’t require extreme clarity or illumination. These include public walkways and outdoor lighting systems in gardens, monuments and residential spaces. Consisting of soft properties, this range can promote relaxation in the applicable environment. Because of this, low color temperature levels are also suitable for bedroom lighting, living room illumination and office lobbies.
Some advanced lighting systems offer this setting for “standby mode” applications. For example, an unoccupied conference room may use low color temperature lighting to convey its vacant status. Lastly, this range can counteract the effects of high color temperature lighting, due to less bluish elements projected by the beam.
When using this setting, it is important to consider that yellowish properties can make some colors look different. To address this issue, it is recommended for one to compare the appearance of nearby objects using two lights with different color temperature settings (one in the low range and one in the mid-to-high range).…