Lighting colour and bulb types

Cool light vs warm light

Lighting companies will often use the terminology warm white, cool white and day light to describe the temperature of a light. Cool White vs Warm White vs Day Light.

We recommend 3000k or warm white as a standard and 4000k cool white in garages.


Light bulbs come in a variety of colour temperatures. These are measured in kelvins (K). The higher the code is, the cooler the light. A warm white will range between 2700K to 3000K, and will enhance the warm tones in your home, making it suitable for lounges, hallways and bedrooms. A cool white will feature around 4000K and will give off a bluer light that emphasis contrasts, making it suitable for kitchens, laundries, bathrooms and garages.

A good example of lighting see in the photo below, the 3000k (often called warm white) has a yellow tinge, the 6000k (often called day light) has almost a blue colour to it and the cool white 4000k is a mix of the both with a neutral tone to it.

Bulb types and their uses

Most lights come with built in LED’s but some lights require separate bulbs like pendants and feature lights

LED bulbs

The most efficient and longer-lasting light bulb on the market is the LED bulb. Compared with standard incandescent bulbs they can last much longer, using less energy while producing the same amount of light. They provide the perfect light quality for every occasion, such as a cosy evening on the couch to enhancing artwork on the wall. We recommend these for all light bulbs if possible. There are still come CFL, Halogen and Incandescent feature bulbs on the market but they have a reduced lifespan and higher running costs.


Bulb Brightness

To get a clear indication of how bright your bulb is, check the lumens (LM) rating on the package. This indicates brightness. Wattage measures a bulb’s energy or power consumption. We can direct you on what wattage bulb to use based on the purpose of the light.

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