Color Temperature & Warm Dim

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Color temperature is a way of describing the color of light emitted by a light source. In lighting, color temperature refers to the hue of the produced light, with higher color temperatures appearing cooler (bluer) and lower color temperatures appearing warmer (more yellow or red).

People tend to associate warmer temperatures with old-style light bulb dimming and the warmth and coziness that they provided. However, in modern homes, good LED lighting design often aims to provide a bright and even light for reading, tasks, and general clarity.

This is where warm-dim and color temperature selectable LED lighting fixtures can offer homeowners the best of both worlds. By having light be a cooler color temperature when lights are set near full brightness and fading to warmer color temperatures when dimmed, homeowners can get the best of both situations, clear natural light for cooking and working and warmer tones when dimmed low for relaxing times.


When looking at color temperature specifications or discussing color temperature with your lighting designer, these are some helpful average benchmarks to reference temperature in degrees Kelvin (K).

  • Typical candle – 1900K
  • Warm dimmed LED fixture at 5% – 1900K
  • Sunrise/Sunset – 2500K
  • Most household incandescent lighting – 2700K
  • Warm dimmed LED fixture at 100% – 3000K
  • Most household fluorescent lighting – 3500K
  • Daylight – 6000K

Have questions about improving the color temperature in your home? Contact Custom Audio Video today to learn how to improve your home’s light.

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