If you’re looking to improve morale, productivity and health and wellness in your home or workplace, then simply look upwards.
Besides energy savings, LED light fixtures can create many positive effects on a household or workplace. But choosing the right colour temperature is key! Here’s how to choose the right LED bulbs for your particular space.
The Shades of LED Lighting
Colour temperature, measured in Kelvin (K), is prominently displayed on each LED lightbulb box. The higher the Kelvin temperature is, the cooler the colour tone will be produced. Knowing which colour temperature to look for depends on where you’re installing the LED bulbs.
Warm light (2700K – 3000K) appears orange or yellow and is similar to an incandescent bulb. Best used in spaces encouraging relaxation and calm, warm lights are suitable for bedrooms, living rooms and dens.
Cool white (3000K – 5000K) ranges from yellow-white to blue-white. The blue tones found in cool white temperatures encourage alertness, productivity and a boost in morale. Cool white temperatures are great in dining rooms, bathrooms and offices.
Daylight (5000K – 6500K) ranges from blue-white to bright blue tones. This colour temperature produces similar effects to cool white and are useful in commercial and industrial applications.
LED Colour Temperature in the Office Workplace
Within the workplace, it’s important to use a colour temperature that will keep employees alert and focused throughout the day. Cool white colour temperatures can help create the type of workspace that encourages productivity from employees.
Workspaces used to encourage relaxation and comfort such as conference rooms and break rooms can benefit from having warm white or neutral white coloured LED bulbs.
LED Colour Temperature in the Manufacturing Sector
LED lighting that has a colour temperature around 5000 Kelvin’s is great for factories that lack natural daylight.
Similar to natural light, this colour temperature reduces the amount of melatonin produced. Employees benefit from a workspace that is more natural looking and are more alert and less tired throughout their shifts.
Improve Employee Safety with LED Lighting
Having the proper lighting not only helps set the tone of a workspace, but it also can improve employee safety. Being able to clearly identify hazards can reduce and eliminate the number of accidents that occur.
When looking to improve safety within a facility, management should consider not only general facility lighting but also workstation and equipment lighting. Since LED incorporates highly directed lensing, minimal shadowing is produced – creating fewer workplace accidents than traditional high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting.
The Bottom Line
LED lighting can create significant cost savings when it comes to your workplace’s energy costs. But considering colour temperature when making the upgrade to LED lighting can create positive effects on your employees, too.
When you make a lighting upgrade, take the time to do it right. For more assistance with your commercial and lighting upgrade, contact us today for a no-cost lighting analysis.