Choosing The Right Colour Temperature 3000K vs 4000K

14th Jun 2020

Choosing The Right Colour Temperature 3000K vs 4000K

Getting the right light fitting for your area can be a hard choice but what about choosing the right colour temperature as this will set the mood for your space. What is the difference between 3000k and 4000k and what should I buy?

When we look at colour temperature we need to appreciate that it does not describe the actual temperature of the lamp itself but rather the colour it produces. Generally speaking the lower the kelvin(k) number, the warmer the light will be and the higher the number the more cool and white the light will appear.


Based on the above this means that 3000k lighting will give you a more yellow/warmer light for your space.


This will provide you with a crisper, whiter light for your space.


What colour temperature you decide upon is all about your personal preference and use. If you prefer the traditional warm yellow colour then you should go for 2700-3000K. Generally this is the most popular colour option for homes. However if you want a modern, clean look, you may prefer the cleaner, brighter feel of a cool white lamp (4000K+). Cool white light contains more blue light and looks brighter to the eye.

Remember depending on the use, you may want to mix and match warm or cool lighting in different areas of the home. For example you may want to use a warm/yellow 3000K option in your – living room, bedroom, hallway or a cool/white option in your – kitchen, study, bathroom, cupboard or office.