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Choosing the right light: Color Temperature

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Picking the right light bulbs for your home doesn't need to be a challenge. While there are many different styles, brightness options and colorsĀ in your local hardware store, identifying the best bulbĀ for a given lighting scenario is relatively straightforward.

One measurement you should pay attention to on the packaging for light bulbs is color temperature, usually represented by a four digit number next to a K (which stands for Kelvin, the unit for measuring absolute temperature). Color temperature determines the softness, or warmness, of the light that is emitted by the bulb. A light with a lower Kelvin number will typically have a yellowish tint, while higher numbers indicate a cooler, or bluish, shade of light.

Here is a basic breakdown of how these temperatures affect the mood and feel of the room they're in:

  • Cooler light: Light bulbs above 5000K will give you a slight blue tint. These are ideal for reading.
  • Warmer light: Color temperatures between 2700K and 3300K will typically lend your room a more calm, relaxed feel. The yellowish tint, which is barely detectable to the human eye, is ideal for places like your dining room or living room where you spend a lot of time in the evening after work.
  • Whiter light: If you select a bulb between 3500K and 4100K, you'll get a whiter light that is best for places where you do work or chores, such as the kitchen or your office.

If you're thinking about remodeling your house and redoing the lighting to better accommodate your lifestyle, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation with John C. Flood, the leading DC electrical service contractors. We'll help you create a lighting scheme that is fully integrated into your home's electrical system and creates the perfect ambiance you're looking for.