Now that we have advanced from the traditional incandescent bulbs where you had no choice of light colour to the world of LED lighting – you now have a choice of what colour of lighting to have in your home. The colour you choose is a personal choice. Each person will perceive colour in their own way. The choice has to also be based on what you want to illuminate and for what reason.
For example you would illuminate a tree in the front yard much differently than you would illuminate your counter top. Accenting objects vs. task lighting.
Colour in lighting is based on the Kelvin (K) scale which ranges from 1000K (red/yellow candlelight) to 10000K (Sky Blue). Most lighting for homes starts around 2700-3000K (warm white) and ranges up through 4100K (Cool white) and up to 5000K (Daylight).
Traditional incandescent lamps were in the 2700-3000K range and gave out a yellowy hue which made you feel warm and cozy – hence the name – warm white. Many people like this feeling and choose this colour range. However, if you want a modern, contemporary look, you should choose the 4100K range which can make your home look brighter and crisper. Both scales, 2700-3000K and 4100K both give off the same lumin meaning one is not brighter than the other, just the colour is different. The colours within a room, such as the paint colours, will also change the way the light colour is perceived. This perception is personal preference. Daylight is not a common colour in homes, sometimes being used by those wanting perfect makeup. It is most commonly used in commercial, retail and art studios. (This is one reason why you should never choose a paint colour without trying it at home first – the store will have a different light colour than the room you are painting in your home.)
Some people like to have the same colour throughout their home. This makes your home appear uniform with no sudden changes affecting the mood. Others like to have the bedrooms and living room in a warm colour to make them cozy but put cool white in the kitchen, study and office as it promotes more alertness. Another option is to have cooler lights during the day to help increase alertness and a warmer light at night so you sleep better and relax.
There are some studies that talk about the health effects of different coloured light but there appears to be no conclusive evidence yet. However there are indications that those suffering from cataracts, eye strain or other eye issues find a warm light easier on the eyes.
Hopefully this will help give you an understanding that the colour of lighting in your home is really your decision – how it will work best for you. If you are one of those “I have to see what it looks like” type of person – just give us a call or email us and book one of our lighting advisors to come out and show you what we can do to make your home light up your smile!