When we say high colour tones we mean those above 5,000 K. Where K stands for Kelvin, the famous Belfast-born engineer and physicist. It is the measure in which colour temperatures are expressed. These colour tones are also referred to as cool tones or temperature.
Here’s a second question, how much would you pay to take your relaxing and chilling to another level? More pretty pennies? Again, there is no need to spend millions of dollars, simply adjusting your lighting towards the lower colour temperature, also referred to as warmer tones can help your brain ease into a more stress-free zone. Look for lamps that can provide you with a color temperature of 4,500 K for optimal relaxing atmosphere.
This helpful graphic below illustrates the full spectrum of colour tones and which ones are optimal for a variety of activities.
In summary, temperatures in the 1,000 K range are equivalent to candle light and much too dim for anything other than napping. When you get above 7,000 K on the other hand you go to sunlight and beyond, in other words also not very useful for work nor for relaxing, the sweet spot falls somewhere above 2,500 and below 7,000 for our everyday illumination.
So the final question is, what do you do when you want a light that does both: help you work, and illuminate your environment. There is good news, some innovative companies have found a solution that allows you to control the temperature output of your lamp. You can literally move to lower temperatures when you’re getting ready to watch a late night movie on your tablet, or crank it up when working late into the night.
I hope this article helps you make the right decision the next time you’re looking to get a new lamp. As you can see, providing the right colour tones, although often a forgotten factor, can have a big impact on your productivity or on how well you can relax in your home or office.
Also you should be aware of your lighting environment in your office, we provide some useful tips for you to improve your office’s lighting to protect your and being more efficient.
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