Light bulb temperatures are measured in Kelvin (K) and most homes feature light bulbs that are in the 2,000K to 6,500K range. While the scale spans from 1,000K to 10,000K, neutral tones are around 4,000K to 4,100K. Temperatures below 4,000K shine warmer and temperatures above 4,100K glow cooler.
- 2,000K Warm Candle Light – Very warm tones, similar to the golden glow of candlelight.
- 2,700K Warm Soft Light – A soft warmth that’s cozy, but not as strong as candlelight. This tends to be a popular choice because of its warmth and flattering color.
- 3,500K Bright White – Tinged with yellow for a brighter aesthetic.
- 4,100K Neutral White – A clean white closer to neutral without blue or yellow.
- 4,500K Daylight – This is a vivid tone that skews cool, mimicking the look and brightness of daylight.
- 6,500K Extra Bright Daylight – Brighter than 4,500K, this temperature is dazzling with blue hues.
While color temperature preferences are personal, we do have some recommendations to get you started. Soft, warm lights work well in bedrooms, dens, and family rooms – places where you want an inviting, comfortable feeling.
We recommend bright or neutral white bulbs for areas where you need a bright, clear light, like the kitchen, bathroom, or powder room where it’s important to see details.
Daylight bulbs are typically reserved for areas or workspaces where you extra bright light is helpful, like garages, basements, or with vanities.