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How do I choose the right colour temperature?

When choosing lighting, it is important to consider the colour temperature. The colour of the light emitted has a great influence on the atmosphere of the room, but also on how people feel in the room. While warm light creates an inviting and cosy atmosphere, cool light can increase productivity and assist with detailed work. Therefore, different colour temperatures are suitable for different situations.

What is the colour temperature?

The colour temperature or light colour of lamps describes the colour tone of the emitted light. The composition of the colour spectrum is decisive. Traditional incandescent lamps, for example, emit a very warm light that contains many red components. Fluorescent tubes and energy-saving lamps, as well as the early LED lamps, are mostly available in a cool colour temperature. The respective colour temperatures are given in Kelvin values (abbreviation of the unit: K). The values serve as an orientation to find out whether the light of your new lamp is emitted rather warmly, neutrally or coldly. As a rule of thumb, the lower the value, the warmer the light - and accordingly, the higher the Kelvin value, the cooler the light. Below you can see the most commonly used colour temperatures and what they are suitable for.

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What colour temperatures are available?

While the first LEDs on the market were only available in cold white light, the technology has now advanced a long way. At Budgetlight, you will therefore also find LEDs in warm white colour temperatures. So choose according to your taste and needs! Below you will find the most common colour temperatures and their use:

Extra warm white 

An extra warm white light colour is usually only used for mood lighting. The light is reminiscent of candlelight and is therefore ideal for bars, lounges, restaurants and bedrooms.

Warm white

A warm white colour temperature creates a cosy and inviting atmosphere. It is ideal for living rooms or hotel rooms. Almost all LED light sources are available in a warm white variant.

Cold white

We recommend a cool white light colour for work areas where vision plays a major role. These can be offices or workshops, but also private bathrooms.

Daylight white 

A daylight white colour temperature promotes concentration and is therefore very suitable for healthcare. Another popular area of application are warehouses or logistics centres where there is no natural daylight.