Color Temperature Is An Important Parameter When Choosing Light Bulbs And Candles
The character of every light source is different from the other and ranges from warm, to the dim glow of a candle, to a bright beam of a street light. There are two characters for light, one is brightness that is measured in lumens and second is color temperature, which is measured in degrees Kelvin. The higher the color temperature, the cooler is the light and when the same is lower, the light gets warmer.
However, this scale does not work accurately all the time and has few exceptions. For example, the red light, which is said to possess a lower temperature, is usually described as warm. On the other hand, blue light, which has higher temperature of color, is said to be cooler.
Another variation seen in this field is referred as LED color temperature, here; LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. This energy efficient source is semi conductor based and has a longer life also the CRI here usually lays between the 70-90 range.
The LED color temperature is used for calculating the color of an LED light bulb and it describes the amount of yellow, red, blue, and pure white in any light. This also helps in understanding that how cool or how warm the LED light is on the scale. The simplest means to get an understanding about this concept is to compare the difference in light from the sunrise to the sunset given by the sun. During noon, when the same is near the equator, the light is white and bright. During sunrise and at sunset, the light turns into a more yellow or red tint.
Just few examples that give a deeper understanding about the types of color temperature have been described here. For 1900K, it describes the candle light or sunlight at sunset or sunrise. Another range from 2000K to 2700K, finds utility in accent lighting.
In addition, for lights in the 3000k to 3200k range, the same is used as a primary source of light in retail applications. For light of 3700K, the same is used as coated lamps and of 4000K in general lightings at places like parking lots, factories, and warehouses. Lamps with 5000K to 6000K, are used as daylight lamps in aquariums, horticulture, and high color definition projects. Lamps of 5600K are used as nominal lights and of 6000K in the headlights of automotives.
It seems that having information about the color temperature and LED color temperature can help in choosing the ideal lamp, which can fit in the best needs, while offering the finest service and appropriate lightning as well.