Littman Bros |  July 10, 2014

LED Color Temperature in Your Home

What kind of led color temperature should be used in a home? Many homeowners who want uniform LED lighting for their houses will frequently ask this question. The first thing to understand and answer for yourself is whether or not you are going for a single color temperature for all your LED fixtures. Many opt for this, while another option would be to use different color temperatures for different fixtures, based on their use and functions.

Now, if you are using a single LED color temperature for your home fixtures, which color temperature should you choose? According to one home guidance expert, selecting a 2700K version would be a wise and safe decision. If you are looking for full brightness, this is the closest you can get to that of an incandescent light.

Keep this in mind – if you are using a single color temperature, there is very little room for error. Once the fixtures are installed, you cannot modify the temperature any more, since to do this would mean changing all your current bulbs and fixtures for new ones. This is why it is necessary to put some good thought to it before you make your final decision; taking advice from one or more home lighting and interior guidance experts is always a good idea.

Another point to keep in mind is that LED fixtures and bulbs with integrated LEDs do not get warmer, as incandescent bulbs do, when they are dimmed. This is a feature that can pose some initial adjustment problems for most people used to incandescent lighting. However, a solution to this is to use recessed fixtures which give an appearance of warmer lights even when you are using LED fixtures. It may also be a good idea to go for smaller, 4-inch-diameter housing cans for your LED fixtures rather than opting for 6-inch cans, which are more suited to commercial premises.