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Measured in degrees Kelvin, color temperature is not the ambient hot/cold temperature of our surroundings.
In fact, the Kelvin scale goes backwards: The higher the color temperature, the cooler light gets, and the lower the color temperature, the warmer light gets. Warm color temperatures range from 2000K-3500K.This temperature is most often used to decorate homes due to its warm earthiness. People also tend to look better under this light.
Cool color temperatures of 3500-4100K are brighter, offering a “cleaner” look. When used in homes, this tone tends to work well with cooler color schemes such as blues and whites.
Full spectrum color temperatures are between 5000K-6500K. This light is very bright and pronounced. Typically perceived as harsh, full spectrum color temperatures are rarely used in homes.
Due to its soft warm tones, this color temperature is often used in bedrooms and living rooms to create a cozy atmosphere.
Slightly cooler than 2700K, this light can also be used in bedrooms, living rooms and spaces where more earthy tones such as reds, oranges and yellows are being used.
This cooler color temperature is more neutral and works well for task lighting in kitchens, bathrooms and rooms using colors like white, blue and green.
Meant to simulate the color temperature of a bright sunny day, full spectrum light is a bright white light that appears almost blue in color. It is often used in office spaces to increase productivity.
Full spectrum light is often described as being harsh on the eyes, so it is not often used residentially, but when it is, it usually appears in garages or home offices, possibly due to studies that have shown that bright white light may increase productivity.