Decoding Lighting Color Temperatures for Outdoor Spaces

        Not all light is created equal. Or the same color. When choosing light bulbs for an outdoor space, not very many people take into consideration what effect color will have on the space. The two most commonly used color temperatures in lighting are 2700K and 3000K. But what does that mean? What effect does a light with a color temperature of 2700K or 3000K have?

        This blog post will delve into what lighting color temperature is and what the main difference is between a light that has a color temperature of 2700K and a color temperature of 3000K. 


What is the Lighting Color Temperature?


        The color temperature of a light is measured in Kelvin (K). It defines a light’s color on a scale of warm to cool. The most common residential light bulbs typically have a color temperature of 2700K or 3000K. Although at a glance it may seem that there shouldn’t be too much of a difference, each temperature has its own distinct set of characteristics and effects. 

        How do you decide which color temperature would be best for an outdoor space? The first thing to determine is the desired mood or atmosphere for that space. Once that is known, choose the color temperature that will best achieve that mood or atmosphere to enhance that outdoor space.


Light Color Temperature of 2700K


        A light that has a color temperature of 2700K is considered to be on the warm side of the color temperature range. Lights at this color temperature give off a yellow-ish or orange-ish hue compared to lights with a color temperature of 3000K. Typically these warmer lights would make a space more cozy and inviting. Because of this trait, lights with a color temperature of 2700K are a popular choice to use in outdoor landscape lighting.


Light Color Temperature of 3000K


        A color temperature of 3000K means that the color of the light is considered to be cool. Compared to lights measured at 2700K, lights at 3000K are considered to be whiter in color. These lights also have a higher Color Rendering Index (CRI) rating, meaning that lights at 3000K are often described as being better at accurately rendering an object’s color, thus displaying the object’s true hues more faithfully. 

        For outdoor landscape lighting purposes, use lights that are 3000K to really enhance the color of the object that is being illuminated, such as the exterior of a house or the surrounding flora.


2700K and 3000K Light Bulbs at LightCh8in 


        At LightCh8in, we carry light bulbs that have a color temperature of 2700K or 3000K. Which color temperature would be best? 

        Choose between these two color temperatures based on a project’s preferences and the desired ambiance for an outdoor space. If the desired aesthetic is warm and cozy, go with a light that has a color temperature of 2700K. If there are specific, colorful features that are to be illuminated, choose a light with a color temperature of 3000K. No matter if you’re looking for a warmer or cooler colored light, these light bulbs are perfect for any outdoor landscape lighting project. 


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