How you plan the lighting for your remodeled or newly added space requires every bit as much attention as your selections of appliances, fixtures and furniture. You want your beautiful new space shown in the best possible light. Fortunately, your lighting options are as diverse as those for other elements of your decor.
One shining opportunity is the use of LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. Now, with more market availability and a variety of bulb choices, you can effectively illuminate your space while enjoying the many benefits of LED technology. Like other bulbs, LEDs come in a range of color temperatures. But what does that mean?
How "Hot" or "Cold" is the Light?
This might seem a bit counterintuitive, but the "colder" the color of light the hotter its "temperature" when measured in Kelvins. Think of it this way: If you watch a block of metal, say steel, getting heated in a kiln, as it goes from cold to molten, it is going to pass through a range of colors. First, it will glow red. Then the red will become orange and the orange becomes yellow and it gets lighter until the iron is, as they say, white hot. So, white and blue are cool colors that are hot in terms of temperature.
With light, we sense white as a "colder" temperature, like a winter overcast sky. The more yellow the light, the warmer we feel it to be, like a crackling fire or candlelight, yet in real temperature, it's just the opposite. Hence, when you see on the package of LED bulbs a number next to a "K," you see the actual Kelvin measurement of the light that the bulbs will emit. The higher that number, the cooler the color of the light. The lower, the warmer the light will seem. Try to keep that in mind while shopping for LED lights.
Cold Lights Mimic Natural Daylight
Cold and neutral light is whiter, so it seems brighter. Neutral whites most closely mimic the sunshine. The brighter the light, the more it reveals blues and greens in the space. Since natural light is more pleasing to our brains than artificial light, we tend to be more productive in it.
Alas, we can't always have enough natural daylight in our homes, and none at night, of course. So consider the neutral or colder white lights for your home office, sewing/craft rooms or art studio along with decor that incorporates blues and greens.
Warm Lights are Perfect for Living Spaces
The more yellow the lighting is, the warmer it feels. It also brings out the reds, browns and oranges in the environment. While white light is easier to read by, it often seems too glaring for sitting comfortably with a book in the evenings. The rooms you use for entertaining or relaxation do well with the warmer LED colors and richer hues in the furniture and decorations.
Because LED lighting is very energy efficient, durable and long-lasting, it makes sense to spend the extra money upfront purchasing these types of bulbs. Remember, the packaging will display the Kelvins, so look for lower K markings for warmer lights and higher Ks for cooler lights.
At Owens Construction, we can help with the many lighting options available to you. Please call or contact us today. Let us bring our extensive knowledge and experience to your home and project.