The Art of Light Color
The reason we can see color is actually because of light. Most objects reflect light to some degree; the amount of the wavelengths they absorb and reflect decide what light receptors in our eyes collect and transmit to our brains as colors. Therefore, the color given off by a light has enormous potential to affect the color of objects.
The right light color can raise the esthetic appeal of a residence to glorious new heights. The wrong light color can make things look dull.
Decorator-Friendly LED Bulbs
Colored bulbs are commonly used in stage lighting for theater, where they are blended with the colors of the set to create dramatic scenery. Color blending can be extremely hard to predict, thus not recommended when decorating a home. In a home, the goal is to choose lights that bring out the true color of the objects in the room when the light is absorbed. While LEDs are generally white bulbs, they provide a full spectrum of the color tones needed to complement objects in each room, showcasing their radiant color.
Correlated Color Temperature
As mentioned above, the light bulb’s color we want to use in our homes should not be derived from tint on the outside of the bulb, but rather the temperature the bulb reaches.
The three available shades are a warm yellow, neutral white, and soothing blue. Each of these reflects a certain level of warmth designated by its correlated color temperature (CCT).
Setting the Right Tone
Certain colors look best under different light tones and since light tones are linked to a bulb’s correlated color temperature (CCT) we want to use bulbs with the Kevin range best suited to compliment those colors in the room.
Paints, flooring, carpeting, and fabrics look best when illuminated by warm tones (CCT 2700-3500 kelvin). Reds, oranges, yellows and skin shades look more vivid under warm lights, where blues and greens will appear dull.
Cool and Neutral Tones
Cooler shades such as grays, greens, and blues are best complimented by cooler and neutral tones (3500-5000 Kelvin).