How do I choose the right colour temperature?
The colour temperature indicates which colour of light a light source emits. This is measured in Kelvin (K). Although there are special light colours (blue, yellow, red, etc.), most lighting has a white colour of light. This can vary from very warm white light to even daylight. The lower the number of Kelvin, the warmer (more red) the colour of the light will be. The higher the number of Kelvin, the cooler (more blue) the light colour will be. An example; a LED bulb that is supposed to provide a cozy atmosphere, gives a much warmer light than LED lighting in an office space.
Is LED lighting cold and chilly?
No, that is no longer the case! When LED lighting was first introduced to the market, it was equipped with a light colour that was referred to as cool. You can compare that with the colour temperature 4000 Kelvin. Nowadays there are many options concerning colour temperatures. You can choose for atmospheric lighting with a very warm white light (1700K - 2700K) or warm white light (3000K). Moreover, there are various bulbs and fixtures available in daylight (6500K). This light colour is suitable for completely different situations and purposes. Our assortment consists of a very wide and varied range of energy-efficient and sustainable LED lighting. These are available in many colour temperatures.
Which colour temperature should I choose?
Various factors affect which colour temperature is most suitable. First of all, you need to consider in what kind of room you want to place the LED lighting. Secondly, you have to determine what the main goal of the LED lighting is. To make it easier for yourself, we have listed the most important information per colour temperature below. This way you are assured that you will always find the most suitable LED lighting at Any-Lamp. Would you like more information about which colour temperature is specifically suitable for a certain space or room? Then click here.
Extra warm white light (1700 - 2700 Kelvin)
LED lighting with an extra warm white colour temperature has an atmosphere-enhancing character. Therefore, this lighting is best suited for places in which coziness plays an important role, such as living rooms or bedrooms, restaurants, theaters, hotels or pubs. When using a warm appearance in a room, you can ensure that guests feel right at home. This can be done in various ways. (Dimmable) GU10 LED spots and GU5.3 LED spots are perfectly suitable to use as accent lighting in the ceiling. LED bulbs with an E27 or E14 screw base can be used as general lighting. These are available at Any-Lamp in various shapes and sizes. Always adjust the size and quantity of LED lighting to the room as well as to your own tastes and / or wishes. In addition, you can nowadays also choose for LED fluorescent tubes of 2700 Kelvin. This kind of LED lighting is usually a bit brighter than you may be used to. Therefore, you should keep an eye on the amount of lumens you choose.
Warm white light (3000 Kelvin)
Warm white light is known for its inviting character. However, in terms of application, LED lighting of 3000 Kelvin is mostly intended for general areas, such as reception areas, counters, foyers, changing rooms, waiting rooms, halls, stairwells or corridors. You have a huge choice in LED lighting of 3000K. Again, we can divide this between general lighting and accent lighting. LED Spotlights, LED downlights and LED Track Lights are ideal for illuminating a certain corner or an object. Are you looking for suitable LED lighting for the garden? Then you should use 3000K GU10 LED spots. General lighting usually has a larger beam angle and is available in various fixtures and light sources, such as LED panels and LED Tubes. You should carefully consider which kind of lighting fits best in a certain room and what kind of lighting is already there.
Cool white light (4000 Kelvin)
Cool white light has a fresher and more neutral appearance, without coming across as too cold. LED lighting of 4000 Kelvin ensures that people stay alert and focused. Therefore, this colour temperature is mainly used in classrooms and offices. 4000K LED panels in schools and offices require a UGR <19 value according to European standards. LED light sources and fixtures with cool white light are also often used in warehouses, production halls, showrooms, kitchens, hairdressing salons and beauty salons. As accent lighting, LED lighting in 4000 Kelvin is suitable in museums or retail establishments. The main purpose of this lighting is to highlight products and / or paintings. GU10 LED spots, LED Track Lights and LED Spotlights are very suitable for putting a spotlight on an object. If you need to illuminate a larger space, then you will benefit more from LED panels, LED downlights, LED TL lighting or LED waterproof fixtures.
Daylight (6500 Kelvin)
LED lighting with a daylight (6500 Kelvin) light colour is especially suitable for specific situations and sectors. You can for example think of operating rooms, treatment rooms, laboratories, printing offices or workshops. In these cases it is crucial to have enough (natural) daylight in the room. After all, this light is necessary to carry out the work well and as accurately as possible. Nowadays, you can choose between a wide and diverse range of 6500K LED lights and fixtures, such as LED Tubes, LED Panels and LED Waterproof Fixtures Accent lighting in this light colour is more compact. These lights are intended for fixtures that can easily be adjusted. You can for example think of lighting above a treatment chair in a dental practice. LED spots are best suitable for this.
How do I choose the correct colour rendering?
The colour rendering, or Colour Rendering Index (CRI), indicates how 'real' a light source renders the colours. The higher this value, the better the colour rendering. Lighting with a high CRI (90-99) displays colours the same as in natural daylight. When the CRI value is less than 70, the visible colour deviates from the natural colour. It is important to know that CRI has nothing to do with the colour temperature. Do you want to know more about the CRI value? Then read our special blog. Would you like more specific information about the meaning of colour temperature? Then click here.
Need help with switching to LED?
Choosing LED lighting only provides benefits! The biggest gain is that you will save considerably on your energy costs. In some cases even up to 90%! In addition, Any-Lamp offers a suitable solution for every situation. We can provide you with professional advice about LED lighting as well as a tailor-made quotation. The amount of households and companies that are opting for LED is increasing continuously. As a result we help the environment together and contribute to the reduction of global CO2 emissions. Our goal is to achieve higher savings every year. But of course we cannot do that alone. Will you join us? Then hand in your old lighting and make the switch to LED! This way you assure yourself and your environment of a sustainable future.