We are used to the light from our household bulbs being a yellowish colour as shown below. This is typically a 'colour temperature' of around 2700 to 3000 degrees Kelvin (K). LEDs are available in a range of colour temperatures but we generally recommend sticking with a colour temperature of around 3000K. A higher figure of 4000K provides a whitish moonlight type colour. 6000K is more like daylight but can seem glaring in the home.
But knowing your Kelvins also comes in handy when deciding on the kind of light that’s right for you. Here’s what to look for,
2700 kelvins to 3000 kelvins
creates a warm and inviting light
3500 kelvins to 4100 kelvins
creates a neutral or slightly cool light
5500 kelvins to 6500 kelvins
creates a crisp, clear daylight effect
Make adjustments with accents
Looking to bring that summer feeling inside? Dotting smaller accent lights around the room lets you subtly change the mood to create a warm and inviting atmosphere all year round.
Down lighting disperses soft light in a wide arc to add warmth to the room
Uplighting creates an illusion of open space by making your ceilings appear higher
Spotlighting uses a bright concentrated beam to draw the eye in a specific direction
Backlighting brings drama to everyday items by creating a sunburst-like silhouette
Candlelight in a few special places around the room will add a natural ambience