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What LED Color Temperature Do YOU Prefer?

May 26, 2012 in Lighting News

During my travels, I’m often asked about the type of light (color) LED’s emit.  Years ago we had but one choice, a bulb which gave off a blue hue when illuminated. Due to many scientific breakthroughs over the past decade, we now have a myriad of choices available with respect to LED bulb colors. In fact, many of the most popular bulbs thatStarlights, Inc. produces today match the golden hue of a typical incandescent bulb. When behind a lens, most people aren’t able to differentiate between our ‘warm white’ LED bulb and a regular incandescent light bulb (until one looks at one’s power draw). Of course, we still offer ‘cool white’ bulbs, some with the blue hue (which to my surprise many people prefer), and others that are almost completely white. But the question is, when shopping for LED bulbs, how do you know which bulbs offer which color?

Here’s the secret. You have to look for what we call color temperature. This term has nothing to do with the cool temperatures at which LED bulbs run, but rather the color that the light emits. Click here to see a Kelvin Scale chart: Kelvin Scale. Kelvin scales range from 0-1000. Most blue hue LED bulbs lie in the 6500K range. A typical yellowish light is around 3000K. And the whiter light (my favorite temp) is about 4200K. As with any subjective topic, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  My suggestion is to visit one of your local retailers and ask them to show you the difference between a high Kelvin bulb and a lower one. Any of the dealers that carry Starlights, Inc. LED’s have the capability and eagerness to demonstrate these bulbs and further educate you on the subtle nuances which differentiate one LED bulb/manufacturer from the others.

Mar 10, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Dave Deitering

I prefer the 4300K - 4800K. The 5000K just start getting a tint of blue to them at 5K and up..

Dec 09, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Tim Z

Typo: Kelvin scale must go from 0-10000, not 0-1000 as written.

Dec 24, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply

I purchased a smart light 1000 about a year ago. It has worked fine until last week. A red light came on and now it doesn't work in the automatic mode. I havecheckedpower source and it is where it should be. Any suggestions. Ken

Apr 17, 2017 Arrow1 Down Reply
karen chan

@Dave Deitering: agree with you

Apr 17, 2017 Arrow1 Down Reply
karen chan

@Tim Z: agree with you .

Oct 06, 2017 Arrow1 Down Reply

Kelvin is the absolute temperature scale. 0 is absolute zero, no molecular motion. The sun's core is about 16,000,000 kelvin. The sun's surface is about 5,800K, which is why some 6000K bulbs are called "daylight". Actual colour temperature varies between LED, CFL, Halogen and Incandescent with the same rating. 3000K Incandescent is more orange than 3000K LED, etc. It is a good relative scale. My favourite Halogen is 3200K, but my favourite LED is 2700K, as LED's have too much "greeny" colour in them for me, except for RGB of course. cheers