Which is better, cool white or warm white?
When choosing the best light colour for your home, you need to think about what you are using the lights for, and the effect you are trying to accomplish. Some lamp and bulbs colours are great for offering ambience and feel to a room, where others are better suited for task lighting, when brightness and clarity is more important.
What are the different colours, and what do they mean?
With the migration of lighting, lamps and bulbs over to LED there has been more emphasis on the colour emitted by lamps and bulbs. The colour is measured in Kelvins (K). Below is a brief summary of the typical lights used in homes.
How to choose which best suits my needs?
When choosing new bulbs and lamps we would recommend thinking about two things. The style of room and the reason for the light being there.
The style of the room
Certain rooms tend to lend themselves to certain bulb colours. Lounges, living rooms and bedrooms tend to work well with warm white lights. Warm white is softer and particularly well suited to evenings, where you are relaxing and winding down after a hard day.
Cool white is the best light for task lighting, so particularly good for (most) kitchens. They are also good for reading lights or task lights, it's a favourite with people that like to sew, as it gives a clean white light, perfect for intricate stitching or threading needles. It's also good for hallways, where the primary function of the light is normally to offer a bright welcome. If you want to go softer in the hallways (or any room) perhaps think about a cool white light in the main light pendant and a soft white in a table lamp on a sideboard or table.
Cool white bulbs are often suggested for kitchen lighting, especially for flush spotlights, but don't forget to consider the style of kitchen you have. They were particularly well in modern kitchens, but not always in more traditional kitchens, such as shaker kitchens, whether a softer warm white may work better. Modern spotlights (GU10 lamps) can still be bright, even if the light is warm white.
If your kitchen has a breakfast bar, it is the perfect opportunity to mix the lighting up. You can use spotlights or under cabinet lighting as your task lighting, and leave the softer lights to the centrepiece - either a large centrepiece light above the kitchen breakfast bar or a three light pendant drop is, of course, a kitchen classic. You could always break with convention and go for a four light drop too.
For us cool white is the way to go with bathroom lighting. Spotlights are the norm in most modern bathrooms. Cool white spots offer a clean white light for your morning routine. There are a number of more decorative lights available for your bathroom, so if you do want to go ornate, you may want to consider something a little softer, so warm white may be the way to go, but for most situations we would recommend cool white is the forward.
Vintage light bulbs have been around for a number of years now, however the large revelation has been the vintage LED bulbs. These offer both an ornate, funky looking lamp or bulbs, but also offer a brightness that is unrivalled in incandescent (traditional) light bulbs.
Vintage bulbs are normally a very warm white colour. In fact many of them have a gold hue on the glass to deliberately soften the light. It makes them a great choice for more traditional settings, and an absolute must for any kind of industrial chic look.
You will find that generally certain bulbs will be available in certain colours more than others. GU10 spotlights tend to be available in many differing shades of white, while vintage lamps and bulbs tend only be available in warm whites. You will find bulbs, like candle bulbs, tend to be more readily available in warmer whites, as they are more usually found in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms, although you can normally find cool white versions if you really need them.
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