Technical Info: Colour Temperature
Colour temperature can affect the “feel” of a lit object and influence its perceived colour. Retailers choose their light sources, colour temperatures and CRI carefully as it can have an effect on what you perceive. The fruit fresher, the meat redder and the jewels have more sparkle. Colour temperature is one aspect of this practice and adds to the perceived warmth or coldness of the light.
Colour temperature tends to be a personal decision as people choose the temperature that makes them feel best. Some of the basic colours temperatures commonly found are outlined in the chart below
The sections below may allow you to understand some basic lighting concepts and cover the basics in allowing you to select products. IES files are available on request.
|2700K||Warm,White||Restaurants, Bars, Residential for cosy atmospheres||Incandescent, HID||Yes|
|3000K||Warm,White||Restaurants, Bars, Residential for cosy atmospheres||Halogen, Fluorescent, HID||Yes|
|4000K||Neutral,or Natural White||Retail, Residential, Office, Commercial, Workshop for clear feeling||Fluorescent, HID||Yes|
|5000K||Neutral,or Natural White||Retail, Office, Commercial, Workshop, Medical for cool feeling||Fluorescent, HID||Yes|
|6000K||Cool,White or Daylight||Retail, Office, Commercial, Workshop, Medical for cool feeling||Fluorescent, HID||Yes|