Replacing all the incandescent bulbs in your home with LED bulbs may sound like a straightforward endeavor. However, there are actually quite a number of things to consider before overhauling your current lighting system. You have to be aware of the different temperature ranges of LED bulbs, as well as their effect on you and your sleep cycle.
Heat and Light Colors
Lower temperature LED bulbs usually produce warm-white colors. These are colors that are similar to fire, with a reddish or yellowish hue added to them. Medium temperature lighting produces neutral white colors. High temperate light produces cool-whites that are similar to actual daylight. Lumens measures of a light bulb’s brightness, while watts measure its energy usage.
Light and Sleep
High-temperature bulbs produce a lot of blue light waves. These waves, in turn, activate our body’s production of serotonin. This hormone helps us stay away and alert. These types of light are perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, offices, and reading rooms. The optimal color temperature should be around 3000 to 5000K. Cool white lights mimic daylight, which keeps you awake and focused.
On the other hand, low temperature LED bulbs don’t emit blue light waves. Without these waves, our bodies tend to produce more melatonin. This hormone helps us feel relaxed and sleepy. This type of light is perfect inside bedrooms and other rooms centered on relaxation. The optimal color temperature should be around 2700 to 3000K. If you like to read at night, you can add light fixtures or a reading lamp with soft blue and neutral tones.