What role does lighting play in an architectural or interior design project? Your first thought might be about the different light fixtures, such as pendants, but consider another aspect: the color temperature. Color temperature is subtle but can make or break a room’s design. To learn more about color temperature and how to find the perfect temperatures for your project, read on.
What is Color Temperature?
Color temperature is a way to describe the appearance of the light provided by a light source. It’s measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000. A light source’s hue depends on its heat, and much like a flame, the hotter a light source, the bluer (cooler) the light appears. Lights with temperatures of 5,000 Kelvin or more will appear bluish, while temperatures around 2,500-3,000 Kelvin will have a yellow or orange tint.
Choosing the Right Color Temperature
The hue of a room’s lights can significantly impact how a room looks and feels, making choosing the right color temperature a vital part of any architecture or interior design project. Cooler light temperatures promote a sense of concentration and productivity, while warmer hues evoke feelings of relaxation. Within a cohesive lighting design strategy, these hues are often adjusted to fit each room’s primary activity—cool in the office, warm in the bedroom, etc.
Lighting fixtures commonly used in the home are found in color temperatures of 2700K (warm incandescent), 3000K (warm white halogen), and 3500K (household fluorescent). Color temperatures higher than 3500K are typically used for commercial and hospital applications, as the light is bright and has a bluish tint that can be harsh for home interiors. Task typically utilizes temperatures of 4000K and above.
Whether you need an ambient source of light or one for highly-focused task lighting, keep in mind the following Kelvin ranges:
- Less than 2000K: Light at this temperature gives off a dim glow of light, similar to candlelight; best for low-light areas where the ambiance is essential.
- 2000K-3000K: Light in this temperature range gives off a soft white glow, slightly yellow in appearance. This temperature range is best for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and outdoor spaces.
- 3100K-4500K: Light in this temperature range gives off a large amount of white light, best for kitchens, offices, and workspaces.
- 4600K-6500K: Light in this temperature range gives off a large amount of blue-white light, similar to daylight. These temperatures are best for display areas and work environments where very bright illumination is needed.
- 6500K and up: These color temperatures give off a bright bluish hue of light, often found in commercial locations; best for bright task lighting.
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