Relax & Work
Light colour – How warm would you like it to be?
Light colour – How warm would you like it to be?
René Moser
03. January 2019
René Moser

The light colour of a lamp is an important decision criterion when making a purchase. Find out quickly and easily which illuminant is right for you. But what to watch out for when it comes to illuminant colour? Choose the right light colour for every living area and learn how to achieve your desired result quickly and easily in the future.

What is light colour?

The light colour of a lamp describes the colour temperature. Its unit is Kelvin (K). It indicates whether the lamp emits warm or cool light. A low Kelvin value describes warm white light (from 2700 K). The higher the value, the cooler the light (from 5300 K).

That is why it is important that you think about the use of the illuminant in advance when making a purchase. On the packaging you will always find a value between 2700 K and 5300 K which gives you information about the light colour.


LED light colour – the myth of uncomfortableness

Bad tongues claim that LED illuminants have many disadvantages compared to outdated light bulbs. This – if one believes one of the countless myths – concerns above all the light colour. It's too bright, glaring and uncomfortable. But we can reassure you: LED illuminants have the full program. In the blue and green wavelength ranges, the light spectrum of LED illuminants is even more intense than that of energy-guzzling light bulbs.

Confessing the colour of light – individually room by room

You push the door handle down and open the office door after a long weekend. Immediately the smell of copy paper rises into your nose. With a gentle tap on the light switch, you'll flood your kingdom with bright white light for the next eight hours. And that's exactly the way it should be: Universal white or better neutral white is preferably suitable for offices. In the value range between 3300 and 5300 Kelvin, you can also perfectly illuminate your kitchen with this type of lamp. It's about the light colour in the bathroom? You've come to the right place.


You turn off the engine of your car, unlock the front door and stroll along the corridor of the apartment building. When you get to your front door, you know one thing: You are just minutes away from your favourite book and a good glass of wine. When you have arrived in the living room warm white light from your new lamp spoils your eyes. Also the luminaires in your bedroom already shine with illuminants between 2700 and 3300 Kelvin.

But you still have a problem: Your friend has been complaining for some time about too little light in his cellar workshop. Silently you sneak down the frosty-cold marble stairs. You open the light wooden door and let your gaze wander in the gloomy cellar room. He's right. Something has to change. Instinctively you remember your last research: Lamps with Kelvin values from 5300 K are suitable for darkened rooms or cellar rooms. They simulate daylight and give every workshop a feel-good ambience even without windows.


Light colours table – continuous feel good

You have always wondered which lamp provides perfect light in which room? Well, as with many things in life, personal taste sets the tone here as well. But the type of use of the illuminant is also decisive. Remember these three clues when you buy your next illuminant: You need a light colour of 3000 K for your living room. We recommend a light colour of 4000 K for your office. Everything above 5000 K comes very close to the natural sunlight and makes sense in windowless rooms.

Relax & Work – flexible in every respect

You have areas where you can work and relax?

More situations, not only studies – possibly home office

When the afternoons become darker again in winter and the exam period at the university causes the stress level to rise, you are happy to sit down at the dining table in the middle of the kitchen to learn. If eating at the kitchen table looks appetizing with the existing lighting, you want a pleasant but brighter light for learning. This is where EGLO's Relax & Work series comes into play: With a normal wall switch, you control the lamps and can easily switch between warm white and cold white light colour.


René Moser
René Moser
"Content is King - context is Queen" - content and products are prepared by me so that you feel like getting more EGLO. My tasks in the Online Team are Content & Publishing Management and Social Media.

You might also be interested in

Bath & Mirror Luminaires
Lighting Basics
Garden Lighting
Luminaire purchase: Why degrees and classes of protection are important.
17. December 2018
Alexander Kaufmann
Invisible, powerful, universal. Electricity. Sometimes, however, this form of energy can also become dangerous. Protection against electrical voltage is therefore the top priority for all devices. What do you need to look out for when you buy a new lamp for your home? We have collected everything you need to know.
Read more
Recessed & Surface Mounted Luminaires
Minimum space – maximum lighting
21. November 2018
René Moser
The saw is roaring in his ears. Standing on the ladder, he guides the thin saw blade along the pencil line. Only a few centimetres separate him from success. Done – a small piece of plasterboard becomes a victim of gravity and falls to the ground. Daniel puts his fingers into the borehole and fiddles the thin cable out of the opening. Just plug it in and you're done. Easier than expected – he smiles relaxed. This project had cost him many sleepless nights. Now he looks at his work with satisfaction.
Read more
Light Ideas
The first apartment
13. November 2018
Anna Zimmermann
Out of the old nursery and into a new world. Away from the parents' house, towards the first, own apartment. That's exactly what I'd dreamed of for a long time! How would I arrange the rooms? For years I had imagined what my own four walls would look like.
Now for the first time I hold my keys in my hand and have a grin like a Cheshire cat on my face. The most important pieces of furniture have already found their place – now only the right lighting is missing.
Read more