Understanding Light and Color

This kitchen, lit with LED recessed can lights by Cree, Inc., has a warm tone, which mimics that of traditional incandescent bulbs.
This kitchen, lit with LED recessed can lights by Cree, Inc., has a warm tone, which mimics that of traditional incandescent bulbs.

The wrong color light bulbs can really ruin your design aesthetic. Although it may sound complicated, getting the right light is not as tricky as it seems.

Back when incandescent was our go-to light bulb, homeowners could pretty much count on their light looking the way they had hoped. However, with the advent of CFLs, halogen lights and now LEDs, the options have expanded and that can make things a little more confusing.

As many people have noticed, the new light bulb labels are very helpful when it comes to determining efficiency. However, things enter a gray area when it comes to choosing the appropriate light bulb color for every room.

Generally speaking, light bulbs with a lower Kelvin (K) rating are warmer in color temperature, while higher K ratings are cooler, or more blue in color temperature. A good rule of thumb for residential lighting is to stick with something between 2700 and 3000K.

While this information is a helpful guide, there is truly no substitute for speaking with a lighting professional about your light bulbs. It is a common misconception that lighting showrooms are only for those looking to purchase new fixtures. This couldn’t be further from the truth. ALA showrooms are a fantastic resource for any lighting need, whether it’s replacing the bulbs in your kitchen fixtures or redesigning a lighting scheme for your entire home. To find a showroom near you, click here.

One thought on “Understanding Light and Color

  1. Yeah a miss-matching Led light can ruin anyone’s Room design. Buy in common the white color light is fit for every design. Also the temperature is one other fact. For home the color temperature could be in between 1200-3000 kelvin and for the office it could be over 3000 kelvin.

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