What colour LED should I buy? It’s a common question…
LED lights are fast replacing their old halogen cousins as they are more energy efficient, they last longer, and they’re much better for the environment. LED bulbs were inferior in the past due to tough manufacturing processes limiting your options when it came to choosing a colour. Nowadays, however, there are even more options than you once had with halogen lights. Here, we’re going to look at some of the colours that LED bulbs come in and which might be the best fit for you.
As the name suggests, this is a warmer colour that’s a little dimmer than the other varieties. It has a lower light temperature, meaning it gives off a light that has a slight orange or yellow tint to it. This is the most common choice of bulb colour for welcoming indoor environments, providing plenty of light but without being overly bright. Warm white LED bulbs are often used to replace the signature glow of their less efficient halogen cousins.
Cool whites, despite the name, have a higher colour temperature than warm whites. This makes them significantly brighter while adding a slightly blue tint to the light they provide. A lot of people use cool whites in more practical applications, like using them to light bathrooms where maximum visibility is key, or to light workstations in the kitchen or home office. Cool white bulbs are commonly used to light the garden, as well.
Somewhere between warm white and cool white, this kind of bulb is also known as “pure white” by some manufacturers. It has a colour temperature that gives their bulbs a distinct extra whiteness without any of the yellow or blue tones. If you want to mimic the look of natural light and create a bright, airy feel to a room like the kitchen, then daylight bulbs are the perfect solution. They are commonly used in place of cool white for more practical applications too, for those who don’t like the slightly blue glow of the other bulb.
Finally, natural white bulbs are the option between warm white and daylight. As the name suggests, it’s another bulb commonly used to emulate the feeling of natural light through the home and is another popular choice for lighting the kitchen. However, compared to daylight bulbs, they have a slightly more yellow tone. In comparison to warm white bulbs, they are considered to have a “cleaner” aesthetic to them. While they might be a little too bright for most living rooms or bedrooms, they can keep the bathroom or kitchen well-lit enough to make them practical, but with just a touch of comforting warmth.
Of course, beyond your preferences, you have a few practical concerns when choosing the right bulb, too. You have to ensure that it fits the fixture in question and you might also want to specifically choose a bulb that works with a dimmer. Hopefully, this guide helps you create the light look for your home with precisely the colour of bulb you need.