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LED Colour Temperatures

Posted on 12 February 2019

The popularity of LED is on the rise, giving you almost limitless choice of what you can buy and the looks you can achieve by using the right LED lamps. There a three main colour temperatures available for LED lamps and fittings. They are Warm white (2700k), cool white (4000k) and daylight (6000k). The bluer (colder) the light, the higher the degree kelvin.

The kitchen, the heart of the home, was nearly always lit with fluorescent lighting. As the times have changed the more modern option of LED is taking its place. Flushed or semi flush bar lighting is still available but using LED tubes instead. It still gives a good high light output. You can also add to this light with single pendants hung in groups over the breakfast bar area. While you are thinking about your lighting, you may want to think about the different colour temperature choices you may have. A good colour temperature choice for the kitchen is 4000k cool white or 6000k daylight. These colour choices will give you a much brighter and vibrant feel to the room. Available as fittings with designated LED (built into the light fitting) or retro fit lamps (these can be installed into your existing light fittings).

The living room, lounge, sitting room, anywhere you relax you will want to create a warm, homely, welcoming atmosphere. Using LED lamps or LED fittings with 2700k or 3000k will give your room a warm white colour temperature. This is more akin to the normal ambience of an incandescent lamp. Vintage lamps are available in a number of different styles and shapes to compliment a wide range of lighting. Designed with decorative filaments, you won’t want to cover them up. The amber, extra warm white, lamps lend themselves to a much warmer and muted light. Well placed table lamps and floor lamps can also add ambience to your room, using warm white lamps. You can still dim your LED’s you just need to make sure that your fittings and lamps are dimmable and that the dimmer switch is LED compatible.

Add a touch of class to your hallway with a crystal chandelier. A cluster pendant is a popular choice, with its cascading light fall. You can really make the crystal stand out by using cool white lamps; they really give the fitting “ice” cool glamour.

Moving upstairs into the bathroom, here you need a good light for shaving and applying make-up. You can achieve this by adding wall lights alongside your mirror or by adding an illuminated LED mirror. Very popular in bathrooms are IP rated downlights. Advancements in technology mean you don’t have to choose just one colour temperature you could have them all in one fitting. This means you could create different lighting effects depending on what you are doing. A nice relaxing bath with warm white, bathing the kids in a nice and bright cool white and having a shave in daylight.

As we move into the bedroom, we look to warm white to create the comforting feel. Although we do use the main light, we do use bedside lighting more. With more styling options available the choice is vast. Smart, single pendants can be used instead of table lamps. Wall lights with built in LED reading lights are also a good option.

We hope we have shed a little bit of light on the different colour temperatures that are available and the scenes you can create with them.

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