LED Downlight Installation & Replacement
A who’s who of LED light colours
In a world where we are all trying to do what we can to live healthier and be kinder to our planet, we’re starting to reassess what we eat, what we buy and how we travel. However, one area that perhaps gets overlooked is how our homes, offices and commercial spaces consume energy. Everything from our heating to our water, our gas to our electricity uses valuable energy but these things can easily run at a reduced rate and take less power from our wonderful world.
LED lighting has become a more popular choice in downlight installation in recent years, particularly in offices, retailers and other commercial areas. LED light colours range from warm yellow to a bright white and they are often distinguished by their temperatures. The temperature of LED lighting is measured using the Kelvin scale, which is why you will often see LED light colours marked as 4000K, 5000K, 6000K, etc. Interestingly, the warmer colours are produced at lower Kelvin temperatures and the cooler colours are produced at the higher end of the scale.
Downlighting can obviously have a huge impact on visibility and how things in a room look but it can also have an effect on the mood of the room’s inhabitants. So, it’s important to get the right colour temperature for the setting that your LED lights will sit in. Here is our guide to three of the most widely used LED colour temperatures in downlight installation and what kind of space they’re most suited to.
4000K LED lights
Depending on what kind of mood you want to evoke, a 4000K LED light colour can be an excellent choice for your warehouse lighting, if you’re wanting to evoke a sense of calm or neutrality. Lights at around 4000K are typically described as emitting a cool or natural white light. This temperature is the closest to sunlight, which means that these LED lights are incredibly versatile. They are particularly good in places that don’t often get treated to a lot of natural light such as basements, pantries or warehouses. However, they can also provide a clean look that isn’t too sterile for offices or retail spaces.
5000K LED lights
LED light colours that fall somewhere around 5000K are described as giving off a daylight-like glow. This is perfect for throwing a crisp, clear white light over a room and is an excellent choice for focusing on fine details. It is often used in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, art galleries or other commercial spaces. 5000K LED lights colours can also be very useful as part of a security system because they provide such a clear downlight illumination without being too harsh.
6000K LED lights
LED lights of 6000K provide a cool daylight white tone and they tend to have a slight blue tinge. Often used as vehicle headlights, these lights are the right choice for any setting where you want to encourage awareness. They are also ideal for commercial or warehouse lighting if you want to create an energetic, alert dynamic. 6000K LED light colours are sometimes used in places such as showrooms, lecture halls, large retail spaces and offices. There is also evidence that 6000K LED downlights can help plants to grow, so perhaps they’d be useful in the cultivation of plants that don’t have much access to natural light!
Why LED lighting?
There is no doubt that LED lighting is extremely cost-effective and energy efficient. Compared to traditional lighting, LED bulbs also have incredibly long lives. It’s estimated that LED lights are likely to last 20 times longer than halogen bulbs and an amazing 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
It’s no secret that LED lights are a very eco-friendly lighting solution, as around 80% of the energy they use is converted to light. With other kinds of bulbs, only around 20% of energy used is actually channelled into the glow while the rest of is thrown away on things like heat.
LED light colours don’t contain harsh, environmentally damaging chemicals or produce UV rays, which makes them much cleaner and less toxic to the planet. Unlike many other kinds of lighting, they are also totally recyclable. Together with their impressive longevity, it’s a no brainer that LED lights are the most eco-conscious way forward for lighting our homes, offices and commercial spaces