Colors and harmony
Different light bulb hues. (Photo Credits)
Every individual has a preference when it comes to lighting design and color, and it is important that these preferences be put into consideration when finalizing the design of the home.
The website EnergyEarth,cin endeavored to explain the color schemes of light bulbs that are commonly used. In their web post, they also mentioned the corresponding electrical consumption of each lighting option. American Lighting Association
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“Light color, or color temperature, is described using the Kelvin scale(K). CFLs and LEDs are available in warm colors to match the yellowish light of incandescent bulbs, but you can also choose cooler colors with whiter or bluer light. A lower kelvin number mean the light appears more yellow; higher kelvin numbers mean the light is whiter or bluer.”
Check out the rest of the explanation here.
Lowe’s meantime came up with a buying guide for light bulbs. One section of this guide is dedicated to colors and where best these bulbs fit inside a home. Master Electrician
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“Soft White (yellowish range) – 2700K-3000K. This is the standard color of incandescent bulbs. Perfect for bedrooms, living rooms or dens and highlighting dark woods. Warm White (between the yellowish and white ranges) – 3000K-4000K. Perfect for kitchens, workspaces and bathrooms. Bright White (between the white and blue ranges) – 4000k-5000k. It works best in kitchens and bathrooms with chrome or white fixtures. Daylight (blue range) – 5000K-6500K. Perfect for reading.”
Check out their full buying guide here.
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Earthled.com also came up with an in-depth explanation on the different light bulb colors, and what it signifies.
“Color temperature is a description of the warmth or coolness of a light source. When a piece of metal is heated, the color of light it emits will change. This color begins as red in appearance and graduates to orange, yellow, white, and then blue-white to deeper colors of blue. The temperature of this metal is a physical measure in degrees Kelvin or absolute temperature.”
The continuation of their explanation can be found here.
There indeed is a purpose for every temperature or light bulb color, and it is up to the homeowner to determine which one to use in a certain part of his home.
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