Color Temperatures: You Can See The Difference

Since the early days of light bulbs and up until recent years most lighting came in a Soft White color temperature (around 2,700 degrees Kelvin). The light color skewed a warm yellow proving a warm and comfortable feeling. 

As technology improved, new color temperatures were available like, Bright White/Cool White (3,500K – 4,100K), and Daylight (5,000K – 6,500K). The higher the Degrees Kelvin the more white the color. 

Warm lighting is typical for creating a nice feel in living rooms and bedrooms whereas cooler lights are more practical where truer white light helps visibility such as garages, bathrooms, or kitchens. 

Cool Lights

4100K Blue Light is to promote productivity and is ideal for offices and work spaces.

5000K Moods include inviting, neat, clean, bright, alert and efficeint.

6500K The best applications for cool light are offices, schools, hospitals, galleries and museums.

Warm Lights

1500K Yellow Light helps you to feel realxed. Ideal for bedrooms and unwinding.

2700k Moods include friendly, personal intmate and pleasing.

3000k The best applications for warm light are homes, libraries and restaurants.

Soft White = 2700K – 3000K

Bright / Cool White = 3500K – 4100K

Daylight = 5000K – 6500K


Light Therapy or SAD Lights

According to the Mayo Clinic, "Light therapy boxes can offer an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder. Features such as light intensity, safety, cost and style are important considerations. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically occurs each year during fall and winter."