How To Choose Cove Light Color Temperatures

Cove lighting is a highly decorative form of home accent lighting that must be precisely matched to its surroundings.  When illuminating a ceiling, the architecture and interior design must be clearly revealed without distortion of geometry or color.  The choice of which LED color temperature to use should be based upon the type of interior décor that is being showcased.

The simplest way to visualize what different LED lamp color temperatures look light is to use traditional lighting as a frame of reference. We have all grown up with incandescent lights that added a golden touch to everything they illuminated.   The lower the number in a color temperature chart, the closer the lighting tone appears to that of traditional, more familiar light sources.  The higher the number on a chart, the whiter, so to speak, the color appears. (See LED lamp comparison chart)

In homes that feature ornate, traditional interior architecture.  Interior décor is likewise very traditional, and more often than not, refined, in these types of houses.  The best LED color temperatures to use for cove lighting in these environments are warm tones.

Warm tone lights work much better with the natural colors of wood, as well as the deeper blues and reds of traditional interior decorating. The intricacies of architecture, and the complexities of colors and designs, require a light source that will unite their various motifs without undesirable contrast.  Experience has shown that the 2700K LED color temperature is optimal for this purpose.

Cove lighting in contemporary homes must address a different set of demands.  Contemporary décor tends to be defined by very stark geometry.  It is also known for its use of cool neutral colors.  It is stereotypical to visualize contemporary settings as being mostly composed of white.  Many times, grays and black are prevalent in the design.

The linearity and angularity of contemporary ceiling areas, combined with this blend of the cool and the neutral, is best emphasized by a cooler LED color temperature.  5000K works in some uniquely eclectic settings, but it puts far too much white for some of the darker colors frequently used in modern design. 5000K is primarily useful for lighting jewelry displays that require a crisp white light.

A better choice for custom cove lighting is the Phantom LED 3500K. The 3500k makes colors appear more vivid and as true to life as they are.

Therefore, true to life color rendition is best accomplished with a mid-range color temperature like our 3500K.  The tone of the light is sufficiently white to accent both white and off-white ceiling designs.  It is also ideal for illuminating more vivid colors that are present in the design.

All Phantom LED retrofit cove lamp color temperature options offer the same superior lumen output that distinguishes them from competing models.  Festoon light output is over 40 lumens, and it is produced with less than 1 watt of power per lamp.  Because of the superior design of our festoon lamps, they do not require heat sincs. By nature, our light sources are completely cool burning, so they can be left on without taxing HVAC systems.

They are also fully dimmable, but since there is no need to dim them for power saving or heat saving.  Unlike incandescent or xenon which changes color when dimmed, LED festoons are simply decrease their intensity when dimmed for to achieve a more subtle cove lighting decor.

Call Phantom Lighting now toll-Free at 1-800-863-1184.  Speak to a representative today about specific strip lighting series and the many aesthetic and practical benefits that led festoon light bulbs add to display and cove lighting on all levels of function and form.

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