If only lights were all one colour like the good old days!
Times Have Changed
Gone are the days where you could just duck down to the shops and grab either a B22 or a E27 and the job was done. Now we have warm white, cool white, neutral white and daylight.
What I find even more frustrating is that the names sometimes don’t match up with the colour temperature. Its best not to go off the name and work off the number. 3000K is the colour of a halogen bulb and the higher the number the whiter the colour, 4000K, 5000K, 6000K and 7000K is almost blue.
The colour temperature is important especially at home where we spend a lot of our wind down time. Some smart fellows in a lab have carried out some test and have found that high colour temperature late at night has an effect on our sleep patterns. The reason is the high colour temperature 6000K and up simulates the sun at midday and this confuses our brain especially at night.
Pretty easy to get around this, install lower light te,pretures in all the areas you hang out in before bed like bedrooms, lounge rooms and everywhere else. I would also recommend 3000K in the dunny, nothing like a flash of 6000K at 2am in the morning to kick start the day. I install 3000K standard in every home unless specified otherwise and even then I recommend a lower colour.
Dimmers as well as low 3000K colour are even better. The later it gets you should start to dim the lights slightly through out the living areas works a charm slowing down the kids ready for bed. If the lights are on 100% and are especially bright they may effect your brain from realising the put me to bed chemicals. Conclusion – 3000K plus dimmers are the best in my opinion for residential purposes. If you are interested in seeing the different colour temperatures in action I have put together a short video below. Thanks