Using Kelvin Temperatures To Your Advantage
Our industry professionals are becoming very talented lighting designers. Many are trying different
styles of lighting, as well introducing color the design process. The use of different Kelvin
temperatures in lighting designs is also becoming very popular.
What exactly is Kelvin? There are three temperature scales in use today: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and
Kelvin. The Kelvin (abbreviation k) degree is the standard international unit of thermodynamic
Here are descriptions of Kelvin temperatures being used in the industry today:
· 2200k is a very warm candle light look.
· 2700k is a warm white
· 3000k is a bright white
· 5700k is a cool white
Many contractors use 2200k for soft wall washing, especially on natural wood fences. 2700k is
usually a suitable replacement for a normal halogen lamp. Lighting contractors rely on 2700k as
their workhorse color. A 3000k lamp can also be used in place of a normal halogen. This color is
good for areas that may have a lot of ambient light compared to other areas.
To achieve a cooler effect, 5700k might be a desirable temperature. Using 5700k in underwater
and moonlighting applications can be quite pleasant.
A recommendation: Buy several lamps from your local supplier, and experiment with them. Try
them in a previous job or in your own backyard. This test is a good way to know the performance
of the lamp ahead of time — and to become a lighting expert.