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What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:14 pm

I am guessing there are geographical differences,
Where are you aprox located, and which color temperature do you keep in your home?
Are you aware of it, or is it kind of random based on the local grocery store?
 
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Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:33 pm

I like something right around 3000K, little less after dark, a little more during the day. I greatly dislike the higher end as it tends to give me headaches and lead to colors getting blued and washed out.
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:34 pm

M564038 wrote:
I am guessing there are geographical differences,
Where are you aprox located, and which color temperature do you keep in your home?


Alabama, USA, and I strongly prefer the cooler colors, green, blue, and purple, around the house with purple being my favorite.

M564038 wrote:
Are you aware of it, or is it kind of random based on the local grocery store?


??? :scratchchin:

I think you may have inadvertently posted a typo, "colo(u)r" instead of "cooler" or refrigerator. To answer that question, my freezer and refrigerator are one unit with separate controls for each marked 1 through 10 and I think they're both on "4" or "5" right now.
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:42 pm

Most of our bulbs are soft/warm white, although we have some daylight bulbs in some of our bathrooms to enhance the colors of the walls. For my nightstand, I have a pink bulb.
 
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:05 am

Just to answer my own question.
All our bulbs, as well as pretty much everything you can find in local stores are 2900K. Nothern europe.
I find it too warm, I would have preferred quite a bit cooler, even in winter.

(I distinctly prefer the cooler lighting I think is prevalent in a lot of other countries, but I haven’t been into the specifics about it until now, where a year of Zoom meetings and lecturing in the home office has taught me the necessities of learning some actual video lighting techniques.)
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:11 am

Haha! I see how that could be misread!

I am asking about the temperature of the color white in your lighting;-) outside lighting contains a lot of blue, vs candles or fireplaces or even sunset which tends towards the red.
For electrical lighting the trends are different in different part of the world.
And the educated differs as to why.
Wether it is related to melatonin levels in peoples eyes, or the outside climate where people in colder places and or lighter skin/bluer eyes prefer warmer indoor lighting.

TSS wrote:
M564038 wrote:
I am guessing there are geographical differences,
Where are you aprox located, and which color temperature do you keep in your home?


Alabama, USA, and I strongly prefer the cooler colors, green, blue, and purple, around the house with purple being my favorite.

M564038 wrote:
Are you aware of it, or is it kind of random based on the local grocery store?


??? :scratchchin:

I think you may have inadvertently posted a typo, "colo(u)r" instead of "cooler" or refrigerator. To answer that question, my freezer and refrigerator are one unit with separate controls for each marked 1 through 10 and I think they're both on "4" or "5" right now.
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:50 am

The bulbs are all led and can change colour to whatever you choose for each bulb.

There are presets you can choose as well.
 
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:05 am

Mine are LED that can change. Generally 5500K graduating down to 3500K past sunset. Always 4500-5500K in my office, even when working at night.
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Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:28 am

It varies. Some bright white, some warm. Some accents with cool white.

I have a thing with lighting rooms pretty low after a certain hour, even kitchens. For example, a lamp with a 2 watt LED. That can light a room well enough, without being overwhelming.
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:02 am

The general theory is that people in cooler climates tend to prefer warm tones (I certainly do) whereas people from warmer climates tend to prefer cooler/blueish tones, as the visual light temperature may help unconsciously reduce the discomfort from high or low temperatures.

From I've seen traveling, it tends to be true, though only broadly. There also seems to be a cultural aspect to this.

I just think that cooler tones are better during the day to work and be alert (as they mimic daylight) and warmer tones are better for relaxing during the evening. To be honest, I can't understand people who keep cold lights in their homes in the evenings, especially given what we now know about the effects of blue light on the circadian rhythm and other potentially nasty effects it has on the body...
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:04 am

Dimmer switches are the bomb. Like having them in the bedroom and living area. Generally for interiors I prefer beiges, greys, and anything darkwood for flooring is just wonderful.
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:41 am

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Dimmer switches are the bomb. Like having them in the bedroom and living area. Generally for interiors I prefer beiges, greys, and anything darkwood for flooring is just wonderful.


I'm not getting on you but for everyone's into there is a difference between light intensity, subtractive color, additive color, color temperature, and color palette. :cheeky: :cheeky: :cheeky:
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:47 am

All of our lights are 2700K except for a few over the mirror in the downstairs bathroom are 3000K.

Well, that and we have Hue in our bedroom, the baby's room, and my den.
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:18 am

We have lots of controllable LEDs. SWMBO insists they all have to be at their warmest settings. Except for the kitchen, which is my domain, and I absolutely have to have it cooler and brighter - even then, they get dimmed down once we sit down to eat.

For general living in a temperate climate (Southeast UK), warmer tones make the house look inviting and cosy in the winter, but then we don't change anything for the summer.
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:17 am

M564038 wrote:
Haha! I see how that could be misread!

I am asking about the temperature of the color white in your lighting;-) outside lighting contains a lot of blue, vs candles or fireplaces or even sunset which tends towards the red.
For electrical lighting the trends are different in different part of the world.
And the educated differs as to why.
Whether it is related to melatonin levels in people's eyes, or the outside climate where people in colder places and or lighter skin/bluer eyes prefer warmer indoor lighting.


Gotcha. 2700k here.

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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:40 am

Pellegrine wrote:
Aaron747 wrote:
Dimmer switches are the bomb. Like having them in the bedroom and living area. Generally for interiors I prefer beiges, greys, and anything darkwood for flooring is just wonderful.


I'm not getting on you but for everyone's into there is a difference between light intensity, subtractive color, additive color, color temperature, and color palette. :cheeky: :cheeky: :cheeky:


Between 2500K and 3500K would be my usual range. Had to look that other part up, Mr Cheeky ;)
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:57 pm

Pellegrine wrote:
Mine are LED that can change. Generally 5500K graduating down to 3500K past sunset. Always 4500-5500K in my office, even when working at night.


4500-5500K you like it super bright, I find light that bright gives me a headache. A lot of fish processing factories have 8000k lighting, and now the engine rooms on vessels are getting brighter, we see a lot of new builds with 6500k lighting when previously 4000k was the standard.

I buy 3000k bulbs and if they are an integrated fitting with a dimmer maximum 4000k.
 
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Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:51 pm

I like to keep my room at around 2500k - 2000k. I do have RGB lighting in my room, but its a little broken so its not accurate, But its kind of a purple/pink colour. Sometimes i also change it to a light blue/white, when i want a more natural colour lighting.
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Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:29 pm

Most of our house has pretty standard warm white - couldn't tell you the temperature, but probably 3000 - 4000K or thereabouts.

Exception is the kitchen and bathroom, which both have recessed LED lights in the ceiling, and for which I purposely bought 6000 K (I think) lights. I love them, especially in the kitchen - they seem very close to pure white, which makes it look like sunlight.
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Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:03 pm

I found some 6500K LED bulbs on Amazon for our guest bathroom in attempt to match our old CFLs. Hopefully they really are 6500K. Usually most "daylight" LED bulbs sold in the United States are 5000K. Our house mostly came with 3000K CFLs, but we changed some of the bulbs either as they died or for the specific environments. My bathroom has 5000K LED bulbs, while the guest bathroom has 6500K CFL bulbs. Most of the CFL BR30 flood lights in our house (in the kitchen and hallways) have died and have been replaced by 2700K LED BR30 flood lights. Our laundry room and garage have 4100K fluorescent tubes. My bedroom has 3000K CFLs in the ceiling fan, with a pink CFL in the nightstand lamp. The ceiling fan in our master bedroom has LED candelabra bulbs (can't remember if they are 2700K or 3000K). Master bathroom still has 3000K CFLs. Front has color changing smart light bulbs. There are two other 3000K CFLs in the office and one by the side access door by the garage. There is a 5000K LED bulb in one of the guest bedrooms. Our backyard has PAR30 LED flood lights (I think they are 2700K).

I try to match my bulbs together. If one of the CFLs in the master bathroom or my ceiling fan die, I will remove one from the office or or the one outside by the garage to replace them and install a LED bulb in its place and move the CFL together with the other CFLs. I have a supply of 2700K and 5000K LED bulbs from Home Depot that I got really cheap. The 6500K LED bulbs will be reserved for the guest bathroom.
 
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:48 am

Kiwirob wrote:
Pellegrine wrote:
Mine are LED that can change. Generally 5500K graduating down to 3500K past sunset. Always 4500-5500K in my office, even when working at night.


4500-5500K you like it super bright, I find light that bright gives me a headache. A lot of fish processing factories have 8000k lighting, and now the engine rooms on vessels are getting brighter, we see a lot of new builds with 6500k lighting when previously 4000k was the standard.

I buy 3000k bulbs and if they are an integrated fitting with a dimmer maximum 4000k.


A large part of my non-financial work involves color comparison of a variety of things 2 and 3D. I've been told by some specialists that I may be a tetrachromat, but I've never done the genetic testing required to find out. So I need bright light generally for my work. Also I find that if I am not doing color comparisons on a calibrated monitor, and just general things...I tune the monitor to filter out more blue light to give my eyes a rest. The overhead lighting being bluer makes a nice contrast to the now warmer light from the monitor and makes colors pop without being too taxing on your eyes. In my experience and for my body.
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:49 am

Aaron747 wrote:
Pellegrine wrote:
Aaron747 wrote:
Dimmer switches are the bomb. Like having them in the bedroom and living area. Generally for interiors I prefer beiges, greys, and anything darkwood for flooring is just wonderful.


I'm not getting on you but for everyone's into there is a difference between light intensity, subtractive color, additive color, color temperature, and color palette. :cheeky: :cheeky: :cheeky:


Between 2500K and 3500K would be my usual range. Had to look that other part up, Mr Cheeky ;)


Lol. I would fall asleep in your house so quick.
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Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:27 am

I'm a big fan of GE Reveal bulbs. On paper they're about 2,900k but in practice they're not at all yellowish. They have either a filter or different ratio of colored LEDs inside to take out certain hues and it makes colors "pop" much better.

We switched out all the bulbs and had some friends think we repainted the whole place.
 
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Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:23 am

luv2cattlecall wrote:
I'm a big fan of GE Reveal bulbs. On paper they're about 2,900k but in practice they're not at all yellowish. They have either a filter or different ratio of colored LEDs inside to take out certain hues and it makes colors "pop" much better.

We switched out all the bulbs and had some friends think we repainted the whole place.


I don't know about their LED bulbs, but the last technology GE Reveal incandescent bulbs had a bluish-white coating (an absorption filter) on the inside of the glass bulb. This would serve to block yellowish and reddish light from being transmitted through the coating. The resulting light would have more blue and green in it.
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Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:03 pm

colour temperature preference? For me that means if I prefer warmer or cooler tones on furniture and paint, rich colours or a monochromatic atmosphere.

In the past I preferred the Bauhaus style, chrome, leather, a lot of white, large windows down to the floor, combined with wooden floors and a few red accents. Sounds a bit cold, but then I did live in a flat which in itself had
That has changed somewhat over time, I now like it warmer, at least in the main living area. I still have some Bauhaus chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe fitting to the Apple I-Macs in my office room, but most of my furniture now is pine and cherry wood, the leather dark brown, I have a redbased carpet and a burgundy TV chair, and pillows in various shades of red in the living room. Only the walls are still white as I don't like dark rooms. But those walls are full of pictures and paintings.
 
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Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:24 pm

2700K in summer and 5000K in winter. Fortunately LED bulbs are real cheap for seasonal swap. Have few a temp selectable recessed lights, but only 850 lumens, not the best.
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:43 am

Interresting, that is kinda opposite of conventional «wisdom», that color temperature goes opposite of climate and season.

dtw2hyd wrote:
2700K in summer and 5000K in winter. Fortunately LED bulbs are real cheap for seasonal swap. Have few a temp selectable recessed lights, but only 850 lumens, not the best.
 
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Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:00 pm

AerBuzz wrote:
I like to keep my room at around 2500k - 2000k. I do have RGB lighting in my room, but its a little broken so its not accurate, But its kind of a purple/pink colour. Sometimes i also change it to a light blue/white, when i want a more natural colour lighting. Its better for me to play silver lion slots


Generally speaking, cooler color temperature promote alertness, while the lower, warmer color temperatures promote feelings of warmth and coziness.

The following universal recommendations are based on these general effects, so keep your room applications in mind when choosing the best color temperature. If most people use their living room to lounge and relax, and you use it as an office space, the recommended warmer or natural color temperatures may not be your best choice. Color temperature is a matter of preference; any recommendations you read are general guidelines.
 
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Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:44 pm

I'm located in South Texas. I prefer about 2,700 - 3,000 everywhere but the kitchen where I like 4,100 - 5,000. One thing to consider is that paint schemes and interior colors were chosen for illumination with incandescent light. Changing from "warm" to "cool" lighting can make furnishings look off. As for kitchens, I think "cool" or daylight is better for cooking. Notice that the interior lights on new refrigerators and freezers use daylight balanced LED's.
 
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Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:24 pm

It never occurred to me that anyone cared about this
 
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Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:04 pm

In work areas, laundry room, basement ,kitchen, I like a whiter light. In bedrooms, den, living room, I'll take a yellower light.
 
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Kno wrote:
It never occurred to me that anyone cared about this
You've been here 5 years and haven't realized that there's an awful lot of strange people here?
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Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:39 am

Color TV manufacturers use to deliberately set the gray scale temperature to 2700-3000 because if it were set to 6500 (white) no one would buy it even though that is correct. As a result the colors for everything were screwed up. Now most LED TV's allow the color temperature to be set correctly.

I am so sick of incandescent orange that every LED emitter in my house is as close to 6500K as I can get it. Reading through the comments, I am obviously in the minority. ;)
 
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Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:24 pm

johns624 wrote:
Kno wrote:
It never occurred to me that anyone cared about this
You've been here 5 years and haven't realized that there's an awful lot of strange people here?
:lol:


Hahaha I’ve actually been here since the late 90s early 00s. This has been consistently true.
 
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Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:32 pm

The problem with 6500 is that a lot of things get a bluish look(like the sky) and people tend to feel that looks like death indoors.


airtechy wrote:
Color TV manufacturers use to deliberately set the gray scale temperature to 2700-3000 because if it were set to 6500 (white) no one would buy it even though that is correct. As a result the colors for everything were screwed up. Now most LED TV's allow the color temperature to be set correctly.

I am so sick of incandescent orange that every LED emitter in my house is as close to 6500K as I can get it. Reading through the comments, I am obviously in the minority. ;)
 
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Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:36 am

M564038 wrote:
I am guessing there are geographical differences,
Where are you aprox located, and which color temperature do you keep in your home?
Are you aware of it, or is it kind of random based on the local grocery store?


I've always liked daylight aka sky blue because it's refreshing and cool. For an overall color temperature. My preferred range 4000K and up. The lower temp colors IMO look tired, outdated and stuffy. Dingy.
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2700k or 3000k

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