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A Guide to LED Colour Temperatures

Knowing what lighting effect different temperature LED lights will bring to a room can be confusing and puts many off in their quests to achieve a greener, more Eco-friendly lighting system for their homes; so, we've put together a quick and simple guide to help you to check if you're buying an LED fitting that will provide you with the ambiance or effect you desire.

Colour Temperature

Colour Code

Name

Lighting Effect

2700

827

Very Warm White

Akin to average incandescent bulbs, creates a warm “cosy” feel

3000

830

Warm White

Akin to the colour of most halogen lamps. Appears slightly whiter than normal incandescent lamps

3500

835

White

The standard colour for fluorescent bulbs and tubes

4000

840

Cool White

Provides a clinical or technical feel

6000

860

Daylight

Provides a feeling of being in natural daylight. Useful for installation in salons etc.

6500

865

Cool Daylight

Extremely white, used in hospitals or other areas where accuracy is of vital importance


The colour temperature of LEDs is measure in "Kelvin" and it is perhaps easier to get a rough guide of the effect of each colour temperature through looking at a Kelvin chart, as below:kelvin-chart

                      Image courtesy of stanprokopenko.com
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