Warm White vs. Cool White
Do you want your home to have a good ambience? Are you ready to change your light bulbs and give your home a makeover? LED lighting is necessary for every house. On this, there are two kinds of lighting. Warm white and cool white.
Warm White or Cool White. Which White should you choose?
We often get asked which type of LED lighting to choose. Whether it’s for LED Strips or LED bulbs, we have three types of whites available: Warm White, that generates around 3000 Kelvin Degrees (3000K), Natural White that generates around 4500Kelvin degrees (4500K) and Cool White that generates between 5000 and 6000 Kelvin Degrees (5000-6000K). Warm White is a yellowish that resembles a traditional incandescent or halogen light. Cool White on its side, leans towards shades of blue and more like the light you would get from a neon.
And yes, it’s true, there is not only one colour of white. Warm whites are said to generate 3,000 Kelvin Degrees while cool white has 5,000 to 6,000 Degrees Kelvin. To easily notice the difference, warm white LED flood light to emit yellowish light. You’ll see this kind of light in traditional incandescent as well as in halogens. On the other hand, cool white LED lights contain blue shades of light.
Warm white is more relaxing to the eyes than cool white. It’s best for rooms where people naturally prefer soft light. Thus, this is recommended for the dining room, living room, and the bedroom. If you want to look better, warm white will reduce the appearance of your imperfections and will soften your skin tone.
Cool whites, on the other hand, are good for hair salons, product displays, workshops, garage, kitchen, and for your make-up room. This kind of lighting is recommended when you need to see the real colour of objects or the details of what you’re doing. This helps you see details more clearly.
The Best Light Bulbs to Buy for Your Eyes
There are several other light bulbs that are a better choice for your eye health, including traditional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs, and halogen bulbs. Warm white fluorescent CFLs can be a good replacement, but do know that they still emit a small amount of UV rays. Of course, the amount is much lower than the traditional bulbs.
Lighting Tips for Healthy Eyes
Light reaches your eyes not only from light bulbs in your house, but also from the sun, computers, mobile phones, and tablets. Besides choosing the right bulbs, there are many easy steps you can take to support your eye health.
*Get regular eye exams. An ophthalmologist will thoroughly examine your eyes and alert you to any potential problems. They can also make individualized recommendations for your vision.
*Increase use of natural light at work and at home. Most buildings and even homes have UV resistant glass to protect from the sun’s UV rays. Open the curtains and blinds and turn off the electric lights when appropriate.
*When outdoors, protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses and hats. Choose polarized glasses with anti-reflective coating.
*Avoid watching television in a dark room for extended periods of time. If you prefer to watch TV in the dark, use an ambient backlight behind your television. This helps prevent eye strain.
*Use an e-reader to read digital books, like a Kindle Paperwhite, instead of a tablet or smartphone.
Keep your eyes moist. Remember to blink frequently and keep lubricating drops near your computer or on your desk.
*To reduce glare use anti-glare screens with computers and tablets. Also, use darker, matte paint in the area or room around your computer. Choose glasses with polarized or tinted glass and an anti-reflective coating.
*Adjust display settings on your computer monitor. Brightness should be close to the ambient setting, not brighter than the ambient lights. Adjust the “color temperature” to a warmer setting. Color temperature refers to the spectrum of visible light emitted. Cool or blue light has a short wavelength that causes more eyestrain. Lastly, adjust text size (zoom) and contrast to your comfort.
*Rearrange your desk to that your monitor is 20 to 28 inches from your eyes and so that you look slightly down. Take frequent breaks when working on your computer. Try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
*Consider “computer eyewear.” Computer glasses are different than standard glasses, they are designed for the precise distance between your eyes and the monitor and have anti-reflective coating and a light tint.
When using smartphones and tablets, hold them as far away as comfortably possible.
Protecting your eyes is important and can be easily achieved with a little planning. We would love to help you find more ways to promote eye health. Contact us with any questions about how to best protect your vision or to schedule an eye exam with one of our doctors.
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