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What is meant by the color temperature of an LED light?

What color temperature do I need?

At the latest when buying a lamp, especially for the workplace, the question arises as to which color temperature is the right one. The following article is therefore intended to provide information on what is meant by the color temperature of a light and which color temperature is recommended for the different areas of use of a light.

The light color of an artificial light source is described by the color temperature. The color temperature describes the color impression of a light source. The light color is measured in Kelvin ("K"). The higher the color temperature of a lamp, the cooler and more whitish the light appears.

A distinction is usually made between the following three color temperature levels:

    • Warm white 2000K to 3000K
    • neutral White 3000K to 5000K
    • Daylight white > 5300K

Which color temperature level for which application?

The selection of the right light color is determined by the area of ​​application. The decisive factor is the effect of the color temperature on our well-being. Imagine having a cool, harsh light in your bedroom, like a dental lab or industrial hall. how would you feel Most of you would probably hardly get any rest and have a sleepless night. This is precisely why, when choosing lighting, it is important to know what influence the color temperature has on our well-being and also on our performance.

    • Daylight white light not only increases our concentration and performance, but also prevents fatigue. Exactly the right thing for workplaces in a laboratory, in industry or in the classroom. Or, to put it simply, wherever maximum concentration is required and difficult visual tasks have to be completed.
    • Neutral white light is slightly warmer than daylight and produces a pleasant yet bright illumination. Luminaires with a warm white color temperature are often used in offices, meeting rooms and medical practices, since warm white light has a neutral effect on our well-being.
    • For a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, such as desired in living areas, hotels or sales rooms, it should warm white light to get voted.

We therefore recommend the following color temperature levels for our special areas of application:

For the areas of application in the dental technology will be a recommendation from 1000 1500 Lux pronounced in the DIN standard. However, based on experience with many of our dental technology customers, we recommend an illuminance of at least 2800 – 3300 lux.

Our RMD recommendations for the area dental technology:

watchmakers we recommend similar to the dental technician at least 2800 – 3300 lux.

Our RMD recommendations for watchmaker:

For the scope of a goldsmiths we recommend 2800 – 3300 lux.

Our RMD recommendations for Goldsmiths:

For the workplace of model makers Illuminance levels of are suitable 1000 – 3300 lux. But here, too, a higher illuminance should be preferred for fine work.

Our RMD recommendations for Modellers:

Depending on the activity in your workshop, the illuminance can vary from values ​​between 200 - 300 lux (welding, repair work on engines), 1000 lux (painting) or 1500 lux (final inspection, quality inspection) vary. Here, too, we recommend choosing a higher illuminance so that sufficient light is provided for the visual task to be performed.

Our RMD recommendations for the Workshop:

fly tyers we recommend a luminaire with an illuminance of at least 1500 Lux, so that the colors of the flies to be tied are clearly visible.

Our RMD recommendations for fly tyers:

The DIN standard writes at least for the most common work in the office 500 Lux which, however, is far exceeded in most cases. From experience we recommend at least as a guide value for the office 750 Lux, with no upper limits.

Can the color temperature of a lamp be changed?

If you don't want to commit yourself to a color temperature, there are now special LED lights that make it possible to adjust the light color according to individual needs. This has the advantage that the lamp creates optimal conditions for a larger area of ​​application and the user can switch between warm white, neutral white and daylight white light color depending on their condition. Examples of such lights are our pull pendant light LED Premium line and our office lights HEAVN One and the new one Pendant lamp Pure AV. They allow the light color to be regulated from warm white to daylight white. Depending on the work task, the light can be individually adjusted within a working day.