How to Choose the Right Color Temperature for your LED Lighting Applications

What can you expect from the LED light bulbs? The color temperature is represented in the unit of static temperature, Kelvin, noted by the symbol K. Residential lighting applications are commonly found in color temperatures of 2700K -3500K. Color temperatures higher than 3500K are typically used for commercial applications such as trade show booth, retail displays, warehouse, parking structures, hospital etc., as the bluish light is bright which may be harsh for home interiors; but task lighting may be useful at 4000K and higher.color-temperature.jpg

Selecting the suitable LED lighting for your application requires special attention of its Kelvin color temperature. A number of kelvins can also help guide you in deciding which fixture is right for each lighting application. Whether you need an ambient source of light for changing room in a retail clothing store or cool color temperature for a shelf display, keep in mind the following color temperature ranges:

  • Less than 2000K: gives off a low dim glow of light, similar to candlelight color; best for low light applications where ambient lighting is needed
  • 2000K-3000K: gives off a soft yellow-white glow in appearance; best for dressing rooms, movie theater room, bedrooms, dining rooms, and outdoor spaces
  • 3100K-4500K: gives off a bright amount of white light with light yellow color; best for kitchens under cabinet, office space, work areas and displays where warm white lighting is needed
  • 4600K-6500K: gives off a blue-white light color, similar to daylight; best for retail display areas and work environments where very bright illumination is needed to enhance productivity and product appearance.
  • 6500K and up: gives off a blue hue of light, often found in commercial lighting applications; best for parking structures and warehouse environments.