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The Difference Between Cool White and Warm White LEDs

 

 

 

As you may have noticed, many of our LED products for your home are offered in warm white or cool white. I think we can all agree that lighting is one of the best ways to set the mood in a house, but which color temperature best suits your needs?

Let's look into the differences between cool and warm white.

 

WARM WHITE:  

 

- Warm white is often used to set a cozy, calming, and inviting feel to a room. Consider warm lights for living, dining, and bedrooms. Think about anywhere people naturally congregate to talk or relax. In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with warm lights, it is a very safe choice. Sometimes warm white gets a bad reputation, people think it creates a yellowish outdated feel because of its resemblance to traditional incandescent or halogen lights. While this may be true of warm white lights with extremely low kelvins (a measurement of color temperature), our products offered in warm white are not that low on the color temperature spectrum. In fact, warm white is often preferred by people living in colder weather environments. 

 

COOL WHITE:

- Cool white is the more bold, risky choice and its often associated with crisp, modern, invigorating vibes. Cool white is a good choice for kitchens, closets, bathrooms, garages, or anywhere a contemporary look is desired. A knock on cool white is that they can create an unnatural ambiance that is artificially whiter and brighter, almost neon-like. People who live in warmer climates often prefer cool white lights and enjoy the hues of blue in its color. 

 

WHITE: 

 

 

-Regular white sometimes referred to as natural white, is in between the color spectrum, usually somewhere around 4000 -5000K range. White is the closest resemblance of natural sunlight. These can be used practically anywhere, including hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, and closets. 

 

These are general rules of thumb but don't feel bound to these guidelines. For example, you could use warm white in your kitchen ceiling and lamps, and use cool white in working areas. As Pablo Picasso once said:

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”


Use the knowledge so you can use Unusual Lights in unusual ways!