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How do I choose the right light colour? 3 useful facts!

Everyone has to deal with it from time to time: a light source that stops working after a while. Or perhaps you value the environment or your wallet a lot and make the switch to LED. Regardless of the reason, you naturally want a good replacement for your old light source. The first thing you look at is the socket of the light. After all, the replacement light source must fit in the fixture. Then you choose the right light colour. You might think: "I now have a 2700K light, so my new light source must also have this colour temperature." However, this is not always true. In this blog you will find some useful facts about what can or appears to influence the colour temperature.




1. Does the number of lumens affect the light colour?

Yes really, the number of lumens affects the light colour! Why? The number of lumens tell us something about the brightness of a light. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter a light will shine. As a result, a warm white light source (3000K) with a low number of lumens has a warmer appearance than a warm white light source with a high number of lumens. The amount of lumens of a light can differ per product. Therefore, it is wise to not only look at the colour temperature when purchasing a new light source, but also the number of lumens. This way you make sure that the new light differs minimally from the old light source. Do you want to know which number of lumens is most suitable for a particular room in your home? Then you should read this blog.



By using dimmable LED lighting you have control over the light intensity of a light source.





LED Lights

  • 1700 - 6500K.
  • E27, E14, B22 & B15.
  • <100 - 6000 lumens.
  • 15 - 360°.

LED Filament Bulbs

  • 1800 - 4000K
  • Vintage E27 & E14.



LED Capsule Bulbs

  • 2700 - 4000K.
  • G9, G4, GY6.35 & R7s.
  • <100 - 2500 lumens.
  • 300 - 360°.

Due to their compact size, LED Capsule Bulbs fit even in the smallest fixtures!




2. Are there differences between light colours when you compare conventional lighting to LED?

With lighting you can distinguish between conventional lighting (incandescent light bulbs, halogen lights, fluorescent tubes, energy-saving lights and gas discharge light sources) and LED lights. Between these types of lighting a difference in the light colours can be detected. It is important to know that the light output of LED remains the same during its entire lifespan, while this is steadily decreasing for conventional lighting. This makes a cool white LED spot (4000K), for example, appear brighter than a cool white halogen light. Also a fluorescent tube will shine brighter when it's just purchased than when it is (almost) at the end of its life.


Another important point is that certain conventional light sources emit a more yellow colour of light than LED light sources. Two good examples are incandescent light bulbs and halogen lights. In this case, there is a deviation in the light colour you should use when switching to LED. In addition, the difference in light technology ensures that the range of the number of lumens with LED is wider than with the conventional variant. Again, the amount of lumen plays an important role. Below you can see some examples of deviating light colours when switching to LED:


LED Verlichting

  • Incandescent bulbs (2500K or 2700K) are best replaced by LED bulbs with a warmer light colour because of the yellow glow. For example, a 2200K LED E27 bulb is suitable as a replacement for a 2500K E27 incandescent bulb. And you can easily replace a 2700K E14 light bulb with a 2400K LED E14 bulb.
  • Halogen lights (2700 - 3400K) have a yellow glow, just like incandescent light bulbs. In this case, the light colour may also be slightly warmer. Take for example a 3000K LED GU10 spot as a replacement for a 3400K GU10 halogen spot. Or choose a 2500K G9 bulb as a replacement for a 2700K G9 halogen bulb.





LED Spotlight bulbs

  • 1800 - 6500K.
  • GU10, GU5.3 & GU4.
  • G53, GX53, E27 & E14.
  • 101 - 1500 lumens.
  • 24 - 60°.

There are some LED spots with a higher amount of lumens and / or a different beam angle!



LED Tubes




3. Does the beam angle affect the colour temperature?

The light colour can be influenced by the beam angle. How is this possible? That is a good question. The answer is quite simple. Light sources with a narrow beam angle are used as accent lighting or as auxilary lighting in addition to basic lighting. Therefore, the main function is to create atmosphere or to illuminate a certain surface a bit more. Since these beam angles illuminate a small surface, where the light shines directly downwards, you can speak of focus light. Light sources with a (very) wide degree beam, however, illuminate an entire room or a large surface. In this case, the light does not only shine downwards, but also to the sides or upwards. As a result, a 3000K light with a wide beam appears brighter than a 3000K light source with a narrow beam.



When you want to choose a specific beam angle, then think carefully about the function of the light source to avoid lighting that shines too bright:

  • For accent lighting, choose a beam angle of 0 to 40°.
  • For supporting lighting, choose a beam angle of 40 to 90°.
  • For general lighting, choose a beam angle of 90 to 360°.





LED Downlights

  • 3000 - 6500K.
  • Medium 25 - 40°.
  • Wide 41 - 90°.
  • Very wide >91°.

Suitable as accent lighting, auxiliary lighting and general lighting!



LED Track Lights

  • 2700 - 4000K.
  • Smal <24°.
  • Medium 25 - 40°
  • Wide 41 - 90°.
  • Very wide >91°.

Suitable as accent lighting, auxiliary lighting and general lighting!




Any-Lamp is happy to help you with advice!

Would you like to know which colour temperature is best for you? Or which light colour best suits a specific room in your home or a specific space in a company? Any-Lamp is happy to help you: