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Outdoor Light Bulb Color Basics

Have you ever purchased new outdoor light bulbs expecting the same warm summery glow as your originals, only to end up with a blue-white hue that looks like something out of a horror movie? Yikes! We know that mismatched lighting can be the worst. Don’t fall victim to the confusion of light temperature tones by being uninformed! Nothing turns people off from making the switch to LED or fluorescent fixtures quite like accidentally purchasing half of the wrong hue. So, it’s about time we visited the issue and enlightened our readers!
LED lighting in outdoor dining area

As you may have already known, color temperature has absolutely nothing to do with actual temperature. Your light is no hotter or colder, even if it may look like such. Rather, color temperature describes the warm/cool characteristics of light according to its hue. Light temperatures can range from a deep orange, much like a candle light, to a bright blue light that looks reminiscent of a diamond fractal. Measured in degrees Kelvin, the color temperature scale is particularly confusing when paired with the ambient temperature scale: the lower the color temperature, the warmer (orange) the light is; the higher the color temperature, the cooler (blue) the light appears. Most lights have color temperatures between 2700K–6500K, and the hue you need depends on the application.

beautiful garden path with lighting

For outdoor lighting, we suggest that you stay away from cooler color temperatures. The bluish tones can make a natural environments appear sickly or unnatural. Afterall, a sunset, perhaps the most gorgeous lighting for any outdoor scene, is far from blue. The warm natural amber tones of the sun are what you most likely want to mimic of your outdoor scenes. Instead, opt for lighting that sits around 2700K LED. Going as high as 3000K can be OK, too.

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