A quick dive into lighting temperature and how it can make or break a space...

Lighting can hold a profound power over interior spaces. In the southern hemisphere, homes are purpose built north facing to utilise the long hours of afternoon sun, whilst art studios are best positioned south facing in order to utilise the lack of glare.

The temperature of light (including natural sources such as daylight) is measured in Kelvins (K). It sits on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000K, with the higher the rating, the cooler it looks.

Image from Lighting Design Studio.

To put it into perspective, candle light sits at the beginning of the scale with a rating of approximately 2000K. Daylight at noon is measured at 5500 - 6500K, and a moderately overcast sky comes in at around 9000K. 

Cool lighting is typically best suited in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms as high visibility is needed for the space to function as safely and optimally as possible. In contrast, cosy corners including bedrooms and lounges, often suit warmer lighting. 

Any spaces dedicated to relaxation and unwinding welcome a more ambient illumination, or in other words… softer atmosphere.



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HSK Architects, Fine Furnished, JCFS Architects, Bunnings.

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