Color temperature is the measurement of the color of light emitted by a source, expressed in degrees Kelvin (K).
It is used to describe the hue of light, regardless of whether it appears warm or cool. Lower color temperatures indicate warm, yellowish light, while higher temperatures indicate cool, bluish light. This can have a significant impact on the mood and ambiance of a space and is an important factor in lighting design.
The main ranges of color temperature include:
- Warm (2700K-3000K): This range creates a cozy, tranquil, and inviting atmosphere. It is often used in residential areas, restaurants, and hospitality establishments.
- Neutral (3500K-4000K): This range provides a balance between warm and cool lighting. It is typically used in offices, retail stores, and hospitals.
- Cool (5000K-6500K): This range emits bright, energetic light and is often used in commercial and industrial spaces as well as outdoor environments.