January 11, 2019

Let’s first take a step back and talk about colour temperature and what that actually means when it comes to lighting. Colour temperature is how warm or cool a light source appears to the human eye. Warm-white omits yellow and orange tones, cool-white provides more neutral tones and is the closest to natural light or daylight will throw out tones of blue.

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Colour temperature is measured in Kelvin (k) and can be anywhere between 1000k and 10,000k. Most residential and commercial lighting falls between 2000k – 6000k. Much cooler lighting, over 6000k, would be found in hospitals and office spaces where a highly-functional and operational light output is required and subjects need to maintain alertness and productivity. The below image helps illustrate the range of colour temperatures a little more thoroughly.

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When would you 
use a cool-white bulb versus a warm-white one?

A cool 3000k bulb is a more suitable option to use within and under pendants positioned over kitchen benches, in lounge rooms, on a bedside table, in hallways and bathrooms. This is because they will provide a more functional tone of colour when you want to be able read, prepare meals or complete functional tasks, without going too far along the spectrum towards daylight and losing ambience and warmth in the space.

Bulbs with a 2200k or 2700k colour temperature are more commonly used for decorative purposes, in beautiful feature lighting installations, decorative pendants throughout the home or in cafes, bars and restaurants. They will help create comforting, warm and inviting spaces where you don’t necessarily require the ability to perform operational tasks. Warmer tones will also aid people to relax, wind-down and sleep better.


So what about lumens of a light bulb? Where does that fit in?

Where colour temperature is the tone of light, lumens refers to the strength of light. It measures the total amount of visible light to the human eye. So essentially, the higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb will be. And just to round it out, Watts refers to the energy consumption of a light source. So the lower the Watts, the less power you are consuming and ultimately the more you save on your energy bills.


Where can I find the best-quality 3000k LED bulbs?

Vintage LED have just launched a brand new range of 3000k LED bulbs with the purpose of being used for more functional purposes, beyond just decorative lighting. This range better compliments the colour temperature of many down lights used within residential and commercial projects, therefore providing a more consistent tone of colour throughout your space. And the best part is they contain the latest dimming technology so you can create the exact ambience you want.
Our new range includes the following options and they can be viewed online here.

Our complete range of bulbs, including our best-selling 2200k filament bulbs and 2700k porcelain frosted bulbs can be viewed here.