What does the term “too bright” mean to you? For some, it means the there is simply too much light but for others, it means the colour of the light is too white. “Too bright” is a complaint we are used to hearing when it comes to LED lights, especially the earlier versions of LEDs. Fortunately, today we have many choices in LED brightness thanks to improvements in LED technology, but you still need to know what to look for in order to find the right light. That’s where Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) comes in to play.

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What Is Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT)?

The colour temperature of a light is how it looks or feels to the naked eye; it’s the tone of the light. We typically use terms like “warm” and “cool” to refer to colour temperature. While different bulbs may all emit white light, that white light isn’t all the same. This is because there are various stages of light, each dependent on temperature for colour. This temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin (K).

Any LED will have a Kelvin rating which you can use to help gauge the colour of the light. Kelvins range from about 2400K-7500K for LED lights. Lamps that are at the lower end of the spectrum, 3000K and below, are considered “warm” lights. Colours become brighter, whiter, and “cooler” as the degrees increase.

Every manufacturer will have a different definition of what is “warm” or “cool.” Rather than relying on this subjective measurement, look at the Kelvin rating. It will give you are more subjective means of measuring the true tone of the light.

Choosing LEDs For Your Home Or Business

Whether you prefer to call it colour, temperature, or brightness, the tone of light given off by a bulb has a huge impact on the feel of a room and even the emotions and productivity of the people in the room. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. Those differences are why we are so interested in understanding colour temperatures – so we can match the right bulb to the function of the room.

Bedrooms and other rooms where you want a cosy, comforting feel do best with warm coloured bulbs, those rated 2700K and under. Work spaces do best with bulbs in the 4000-5000K range, which most closely mimics natural daylight, helping to keep people focused and productive.

Still, relying on Kelvins alone may not be enough for you to obtain the lighting solution you’re looking for. Paint colour, furniture, flooring, and natural daylight can all affect how a colour appears. At American Best LED Lighting we help home and business owners choose the right LED lights based on their environment and the ambience they are seeking. Our certified electricians can provide on-site assessments, recommend appropriate LED solutions, and install your new LEDs for you, making the transition simple and hassle-free.

Visit americanbestledlighting.com to learn more about our residential and commercial LED services.