Kelvin scale and the different shades of light

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Choosing the correct lighting in your home, but also in the contract setting, is not an aspect to be underestimated. In fact, in this article we will go to understand together what the Kelvin scale is, what are the different shades of light and which are most suitable for each room.

What is the kelvin scale? 

The temperature of light indicates its heat and hue and is expressed in the Kelvin unit (K). A lower Kelvin number corresponds to a warmer and more yellow light, while a higher Kelvin number corresponds to a colder and brighter light.

The most used Warm light is the one that has a temperature between 2700K and 3000K and therefore it is a low temperature. The shades of this type of light include shades of red, yellow and orange, as well as white. It is a light that therefore warms and makes a more comfortable setting.

Neutral light is that which has a color temperature between 3500 and 5300 Kelvin. The color of the light in this case tends mainly to white and is usually classified with the temperature of 4000K.

Cold light is that which has a heat temperature above 5300 ° Kelvin. The cold hue of this type of light is given by the shades tending to blue. It is a light that therefore does not heat up, but is strong and cold. Think that a temperature of 6000-6500° Kelvin is associated with the color of the ice.

Then, thanks to LED lighting, it is possible to choose the right temperature to make the rooms suitable for our needs. In fact, it is possible to choose colder LED lighting, or warmer lighting.

What is the correct lighting in the various domestic settings?

The choice of the gradation of the light must then be made above all on the basis of the context, the function and where the light source will have to be positioned. To get an idea, here are some tips for lighting the various rooms of the house with the right temperature.

Lounge and Living Room - The ideal light for the living area is a very warm white, less than 3300 degrees kelvin light. This light temperature is ideal for creating decorative mood lighting, suitable for romantic dinners and for creating relaxing and welcoming home environments, where you can also enjoy a moment of rest. Here you watch TV, dedicate yourself to reading or entertain guests and therefore warm light is the most suitable. In fact, too strong a light can be annoying and inadequate. Too much brightness would instill a sense of hyperactivity, not suited to the use of the room. Much more suitable is the use of warm light lamps that will illuminate softly and without dazzling.

Kitchen - The kitchen is the place intended for the preparation of food, it is dedicated to conviviality and therefore is very lived-in. For proper lighting, the temperature of the light to choose is also in this case the warm one, ideal for relaxing and promoting appetite. But since food is cooked and prepared in the kitchen, the ideal solution is to install a central chandelier, while in the points where greater concentration is required it is advisable to use a neutral or cold light, perhaps by installing LED spotlights placed above the work surface.

Bedroom - In the bedroom it is necessary to create a relaxing, pleasant and comfortable setting, and therefore use warm lights between 2700 and 3300 degrees kelvin, that is, relaxing shades. To meet any need, multiple light points can be installed such as pendant chandeliers, wall lamps, bedside lamps, floor lamps and ceiling lights.

Bathroom - With regard to bathroom lighting, you can choose both warm and cold light, depending on the type of setting. In general, however, the most suitable light temperature is the cold one, ideal for conveying the feeling of hygiene and impeccable cleanliness, and even in this case installing more light points allows you to have the right light for any use.

Now you just have to find the right lamp for you, find everything on our Diffusione Luce website!

Written by Alice Pruccoli

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