Color Temperature: Understanding Light

Whether switching out a light bulb or purchasing a fixture with integrated LED functionality, it is important to know how a specific type of light will impact a room.

A soft, warm glow provides a soothing light. While in the kitchen, where visibility is key, you may require bright, white light. These two examples require different shades of light. Some light types are better suited for a specific room, use the handy guide below to understand how light affects a room.

Color Temperature
The spectrum of light output is measured on a scale that ranges from Warm (2700K) to Cool (5000K) on the other end of the spectrum.

Color temperature is measured in units of Kelvin (K) with the higher the Kelvin the cooler the light. See the most common light temperatures below. For home and commercial usage, the temperature range is between 2000K - 6500k.

Some fixtures, such as Maxim’s 3K CounterMax series of under-cabinet lighting features 3 distinct preset color temperatures, 2700K, 3000K, and 4000K, that can be adjusted with the flick of a switch.

How Light Relates to Color Temperature: Cool vs. Warm

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