It’s normal to have doubts when choosing the most appropriate type of lighting for an environment and when it comes to aesthetic issues, personal tastes are the most interfering. But who has never been wrong in choosing a lamp?
Good lighting provides comfort and efficiency, but misuse can devalue an environment and completely impair the functioning of spaces. When we speak of warm light or cold light, we do not refer to the physical heat of the lamp, but rather to the color tone it provides to its surroundings. To make it easier to understand, let’s cover some technical points that will help you choose the best type of lighting.
The system that classifies the light shade emitted by the lamps dates back to 1931. This system was created to classify the color according to its temperature. Its graphical representation is obtained through a temperature analogy in degrees Celsius, transformed in Kelvin
The whiter the light, the higher the color temperature in Kelvin. The lower the color temperature, the more yellow this light will be.
Color does not interfere with power consumption
It is worth demystifying that the color temperature has no influence on lamp consumption. The final product does not use more or less energy depending on the tone of its light beam, but according to its wattage. The higher your power, the higher your power consumption.
Some argue that the whiter the illumination, the more powerful it is, or the more it illuminates the environment than the yellow color. However, the same light intensity is used in both cases – what differs is that white light provides more contrast and lightening perception. Already the yellow light offers more coziness and visual comfort.
The right shade for every environment
Cool white is used in environments that need bright light to perform routine activities. It’s hard to imagine, for example, what it would be like to chop vegetables and meat in a kitchen where the light is more yellow, right?
Neutral white can be very useful in work environments. In cases such as a home office or your bedroom desk lamp, it is critical that the light is cool, but not as much as it would be in the kitchen. This type of tint helps keep your focus on work, but without tiring because of long exposure to too cold light. This is also a valid option for use in the hallway of the house or living room regions.
The most yellow (or warm) light should be used in environments where socialization is the key. In spaces such as the living room, dining room, and bedroom, the warmest tone light is ideal. In addition to giving the feeling of comfort, it helps to relax and is what gives the feeling of being at home. Often, you will find this light associated with the term “warm white” – fundamental in spaces where you usually receive friends and visitors.
And before the doubt arises: Yes, it is possible to combine two types of color temperature within the same environment, creating small “islands” of comfort within the same room, bedroom, or kitchen. This may be the key for small homes that need to integrate different types of environments.
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