Consistent Color Temperature in Open Floor Plans
Should an adjoining kitchen, dining and living space maintain the same light quality throughout?
 
We are replacing our 6-inch can light bulbs in our condo with Cree CR6 LED bulbs. We currently have 2700K light bulbs throughout and are struggling with how to handle our kitchen lighting. The kitchen has a white backsplash and countertop. The 2700K makes it look yellow. Is it okay to have 3500K or 4000K in the kitchen and 2700K in the living room and dining room? All three rooms are connected. My wife wants to know if we should use 3500K in the kitchen and then use 3000K in the rest of the house.
I think that your wife is on to something. What about using 3000K throughout the house? 3000K will make your countertops look whiter than under the 2700K and the light isn't so cool that it is unflattering to skin tones. I think it is good idea to take some of these color temperatures home to see what they look like in your countertops as well as on your skin tones. You may find that you are comfortable with 3500K in the kitchen and 3000K in the rest the house. It is also possible that the countertops in your home, compared to the rest the lighting, might look like someone who's over-whitened their teeth.
randall_whitehead
Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com and follow his blog www.lightmakesright.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

Leave A Comment

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Lastest from ask randall

The best lighting for illuminating your face at a mirror is side lighting, also referred to as cross illumination. This would be a pair of fixtures... read full story
Even though I'm all about energy-efficient lighting and have replaced 98 percent of my incandescent light with alternative light sources, the one... read full story
Natural light is definitely ideal for applying makeup when you're being seen during the day. So when you are getting ready for work it's better get... read full story
One of the things I see happening over and over again is that when people test makeup in the stores, they are looking at themselves in a mirror that... read full story

Webinars

Sponsored by Access Lighting, Engineered Lighting Products, Langlais Group Inc., LTF and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting.   Complimentary live webinar will take place at 2 p... read full story
Sponsored by Access Lighting, Engineered Lighting Products, Ferguson, GM Lighting and Maxim Lighting/ET2.   This webinar has already taken place, but you can view an... read full story
Sponsored by Access Lighting, AFX Inc., Engineered Lighting Products, Langlais Group and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting.   This live webinar has already taken place, but... read full story