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How to Choose the Right Light Temperature for your Bulb or Fixture

Lighting 101

Light appearance is measured in temperature using the Kelvin scale.   Unlike the weather outdoors lower color temperatures (2700K) indicate ‘warmer’ colors of orange and yellow, and higher color temperatures (6500K) indicate cooler colors like blue and white.

Know Your Color Temperatures

Most bulbs will advertise color temperature on the package.  This will tell you how warm or cool the color of the light is.

  • 2700K – 3000K – This is the warm or soft white range, best suited for areas in the home where you want to relax or entertain.
  • 3500K – 4500K – This is more a neutral white light range, giving a balance between warm and soft color light.
  • Over 5000K – Generally referred to as daylight and best suited for use in offices, workshops, bathrooms or other areas where high detail visibility is important. It can also help energize you in the morning.

Some people will also just have a preference for a certain color temperature or mood.  You may even notice a color temperature will look better on your particular skin tone.  The good news is there are options for everyone.

There are also bulbs and light fixtures that adjust color temperature so you can adjust the light to fit your mood or tasks through out the day for even more variety.  You can learn more about the Feit Electric ColorChoice here.

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