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Kelvin Light Scale Indication Picture

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Kelvin Light Scale Indication Picture

Kelvin Color Temperature Scale Explained

The Kelvin light color temperature scale is used to describe the way various light temperatures appear visually. Light is measured in degrees on a Kelvin scale (K), and the typical light color temperature range is from 2700 – 5000 degrees Kelvin.

Having a complete understanding of what these temperature choices mean and how they will look in your home will help you make the best lighting choices.  

Understanding the Kelvin Color Temperature Scale

The Kelvin Light Scale Indication picture above will give you a general idea of the various typical ranges of temperature offered in-home lighting. The lower the number, the "warmer or redder" the color. As the number goes higher on the scale, the color temperature gets colder(bluer).

How to Choose the Right Light Temperature

Choosing the right light temperature is more critical than selecting the light fixture. If you do not match the temperature with the room correctly, you will never be happy with how the room looks. In fact, you may not even be able to sit in the room for an extended period of time because the light will make you uncomfortable.

Kelvin Color Temperatures of 2000 – 3000

The most common temperature offering you will find in this range is 2700. This temperature range is often called "Warm White or soft white." This is considered to be a very warm temperature for a room, and it will give off more of a yellow color. You would use this color in your family room or anywhere else where you want to feel relaxed. It is used in places that have a lot of warm wood tones. You may use a color temperature of 2700 for a bulb in a lamp sitting on a beautiful wooden end table because it will complement the wood grains.  

The Kelvin color temperature of 3000 is best used in the bedroom or your family room if you have many white walls and not so much wood or wood furniture. You still get that bit of warmth but also are providing adequate light. 

Kelvin Color Temperatures of 3500– 4000

This Kelvin temperature color range is what I would use for a kitchen, an office, and even your bathroom. This color range is often called "natural white." The décor (colors used) and the size of the room will help you to decide whether to go with 3500 or 4000. The 4000k LED strip lighting is generally used in office space or retail space.

Kelvin Color Temperatures of 4500– 5000

This temperature range is sometimes called "Daylight," and I would use this color range for your basement or a work area. This is a suitable temperature for task lighting where the brightness is more important than the "mood" or feeling you are trying to reach.  

Kelvin Color Temperatures of 5500 and up

This led color range is often referred to as "cool white" and is used in areas such as your basement or garage or in the display industry.

Another place where this Kelvin temperature range is appropriate is a commercial space or warehouse. 

Related Questions

What does color temperature mean?

Color temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale. The lower the temperature number, the warmer or more yellow the light will be. The higher the number, the colder or more blue the light will be.

Why is color temperature critical?

The temperature is critical because if you do not match the room temperature, you will likely have lighting that looks horrible. Light can also be annoying or unpleasant if you are using the wrong temperature. If the temperature is not right, it can be uncomfortable to sit in the room.

Which color temperature is best for your eyes?

During the day, the temperatures with the higher numbers around 5500 are best for your eyes. At night, the lower temperatures closer to 3000 are best for your eyes.

Which color temperature is best for a kitchen?

The best color temperature range for a kitchen is 3500-4500, but it will vary based upon your kitchen. We recommend testing the various colors in your kitchen to see which works best for you.

Which color temperature is best for a bathroom?

The bathroom color temperatures need to be a bit higher and colder. A temperature of 4500 works best for the bathroom. Meanwhile, the light in your shower may need to be a little warmer.

What color temperature is daylight?

A temperature of 4500 is typically referred to as "daylight." It is one of the colder light temperatures.

What color temperature is best for outdoor lighting?

The outdoor lighting color depends upon what you are trying to light. If you are lighting your landscaping, then a temperature of 3000-4000 is appropriate. If you are lighting the exterior side of your home, you want to go a bit colder to the 5000 range.

Who invented the Kelvin color temperature scale?

It was invented by Lord Kelvin in 1848 in Belfast Ireland. He was a mathematical physicist and engineer.

We usually have a complete range of the various led strip light temperatures here in Knoxville Tennessee, USA - see here

We also have Hybrid led strips that enable to select the exact kelvin that suits your application- see here 

What are Methyl Methacrylate Adhesives (MMAs)? 0

Methyl Methacrylate Adhesives MMAs

There are many types of adhesives available today. In basic terms, when we talk about structural adhesives, it means an adhesive, or glue, that is used to create a load-bearing joint. Methyl Methacrylate Adhesives, or MMAs, are structural adhesives that have been developed to bond metals, plastics, and composites. They are designed with toughness, flexibility, and ease of use. While MMA technology is relatively new, it has already become a valuable tool for use in industries such as transportation, marine, building, and construction. At Gluegun.com we offer a variety of MMA options. In this article, we explain what MMAs are, how they can be used, and what advantages they provide.

What are Methyl Methacrylate Adhesives (MMAs)?

Methyl methacrylate adhesives are acrylic adhesives that are made of a resin and hardener. Most MMAs also contain rubber and additional strengthening agents. MMAs cures quickly at room temperature and have full bond strength soon after application. The adhesive is resistant to shear, peel and impact stress. Looking at the bonding process more technically, these adhesives work by creating an exothermic polymerization reaction. Polymerization is the process of reacting monomer molecules together, in a chemical reaction, to form polymer chains. What this means is that the adhesives create a strong bond while still being flexible. These adhesives are able to form bonds between dissimilar materials with different flexibility, like metal and plastic. Unlike some other structural adhesives like two-part epoxies, MMAs do not require heat to cure. There are MMAs available with a range of working times to suit your specific needs.

What can MMAs be used for?

MMAs are widely used for applications in aerospace, automotive, marine, composites, and transport. Because they cure quickly, they are often used in production lines. They are used for bonding metals including steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. They are used with composites including fiberglass and carbon fiber, unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester, gel-coat, sheet molding compound, and epoxy. They are also commonly used with other thermoplastics like acrylics, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonates and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Specific uses include:

  • Bonding magnets in the production of loudspeakers and sweep transformer core sections.
  • Bonding panels of aluminum to other panels.
  • For trucks and construction equipment like side and roof panels, door panels, and aerodynamic components.
  • Electric motor manufacturing like the bonding of magnets to metal housings made of steel or aluminum.
  • Composite bonding of truck trailer beds using aluminum, and composite parts such as fenders, stiffeners to door panels, sliding roofs.
  • Bonding hulls, deck liners, ski boats, yachts, internal fixtures, canoes, and kayaks.

MMAs require less surface preparation than other adhesives. When using MMAs to bond metal and plastics, for example, you only need to use a solvent or alcohol wipe to remove any oils from the surface instead of having to clean and scoff the surface with an abrasive material. Using methyl methacrylate adhesives allows you to work with many different materials and requires less preparation than other adhesives. “Pre-Mix” MMAs are also available and can be used in dispensing guns or automatic dispensing equipment, they are packaged in cartridges with mixing nozzles. These products have the added benefit of good gap fill capability and allow for easy dispensing and accurate application.

Advantages of MMAs

Methyl methacrylate adhesives can replace mechanical fasteners and welding joints. They also offer advantages over other adhesive technologies. Using fasteners like bolts and screws requires more time and labor, and the bolts can corrode and loosen over time. Welding two different metals together are sometimes possible, but it is expensive and labor-intensive. Epoxy adhesives do not bond different metals well because they are more brittle and do not allow for expansion and contraction, which leads to cracks and ultimately bond failure. Polyurethane adhesives need more surface preparation and often require priming of the surface, adding an additional step. MMAs are less brittle than epoxies and can fill large gaps. They have higher bond strength than urethanes and better impact and fatigue resistance. They also offer good chemical and environmental resistance, and fast cure speed. Features of MMAs include:

  • High tension strength
  • No primer needed
  • Excellent impact and peel strength
  • Varying cure times
  • High toughness and flexibility
  • Cure at room temperature
  • Good flexibility at low temperatures
  • Minimal bond shrinkage
  • Less surface preparation
  • Very high resistance to fatigue
  • Can bonds a wide range of materials together
  • Tolerant of off ratio mixing
  • Can fill large gaps
  • Resistant to solvents and weathering
  • Easy application
  • Tolerant of oily surface and other types of surface contamination

MMAs have higher peel strength and are more temperature resistant. They develop strength faster allowing parts to be used sooner. It is also worth noting the different processing conditions used for MMAs. For example, the two components of MMAs can each be applied separately to one of the materials being bonded together, and the MMA will not begin to cure until the joints are brought together, combining the components. This means that you do not have to deal with precise mixing ratios to get a good bond. It is important to remember that MMAs do tend to have a strong smell, meaning you should have good ventilation when applying them and they are flammable so some care is needed.

  • James Pudney
How to clean acrylic

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Tips on cleaning and polishing acrylic using Brillianize
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Philips Hue Compatible Products and Support 0

Philips Hue Compatible Products and Support | Wired4Signs USA.....
Looking for a Philips Hue Light Strip Alternative or Philips Hue Compatible Products? Here at W4S USA, we supply Hue compatible LED strip and support the Fibaro Philips Hue integration. You will notice that on most Phillips Hue lights reviews that users complain of the dotting(pixel) effect that wide spacing of the leds on the Hue pcb cause. Eg...a Philips hue lightstrip under cabinet installation over a marble counter is going to cause very noticeably "hot spots" on the countertop. We have the solutions to avoid this by using our wide range of led channels and diffusers or by replacing the LED strips with a higher density 24v led strip. Philips Hue home automation... We stock and supply the Fibaro Home Intelligence system which has a plugin that makes it have full control over your Philips Hue light strips installation and the Philips Hue Controller. The Fibaro system gives a great opportunity to combine your Apple home kit devices, Alexa, Phillips Hue, Sonos, and many other Z-wave devises.
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What are MacAdam ellipses and how they affect LED color consistency

What are MacAdam ellipses and how they affect LED color consistency 0

What Macadams Ellipses mean - for dummies...

MacAdam ellipses provide a guideline as to how accurate the average person’s color vision is, and how good they are at distinguishing between similar colors. MacAdam ellipses, like just about all photometric topics, are not absolute measurements based on some definable physical property such as weight, length or time; instead, they are derived from statistical measurements of the visual properties of samples of the population. There are no absolutes in vision science—just comparative statistics. All we can measure is how the value of a particular parameter compares to what the average person sees

Example on the diagram that shows a close up of the 3200 K point with the black body line and three sizes of MacAdam ellipses, 2-step, 4-step, and 7-step

what does macadam mean

See our range of 3 step macadam LED Strip

Explained in more detail...

SDCM is an acronym which stands for Standard Deviation Colour Matching. SDCM has the same meaning as a “MacAdam ellipse”. A 1-step MacAdam ellipse defines a zone in the CIE 1931 2 deg (xy) color space within which the human eye cannot discern the color difference. Most LEDs are binned at the 4-7 step level, in other words, you certainly can see color differences in LEDs that are ostensibly the same color.

MacAdam Ellipse The science behind color difference specifications was established by Dr. David MacAdam in 1942 [MacAdam, D.L., Visual Sensitivities to Colour Differences in Daylight, J.Opt.Soc.Am. 32, 247 (1942)].
MacAdam’s experiments relied upon visual observation of the so-called Just Noticeable Colour Difference (JND) between two very similar colored lights. Just Noticeable Difference is defined as the color difference where 50% of observers see a difference and 50% of observers do not see a difference. The zones with standard deviations of color matching (SDCM), were found to be elliptical in the CIE 1931 2 deg observer color space. The size and orientation of the ellipses varied greatly depending upon the location in the color space diagram. The zones were observed to be largest in the green and smaller in the red and blue.

Due to the variable nature of the color produced by white light LEDs, a convenient metric for expressing the extent of the color difference within a batch (or bin) or LEDs is the number of SDCM (MacAdam) ellipses steps in the CIE color space that the LEDs fall into. If the chromaticity coordinates of a set of LEDs all fall within 1 SDCM (or a “1-step MacAdam ellipse”), most people would fail to see any difference in color. If the color variation is such that the variation in chromaticity extends to a zone that is twice as big (2 SDCM or a 2-step MacAdam ellipse), you will start to see some color difference. A 2-step MacAdam ellipse is better than a 3-step zone, and so on.

It should be noted that SDCM ellipses are often shown in the CIE color space diagram at a ten times magnification (see image to left) because they would otherwise be too small to be seen clearly when viewed in the complete CIE diagram.
MacAdam’s experiments demonstrated that the size of an SDCM ellipse is quite small, which means that the human visual system is very good at discriminating color differences when viewing two light sources at the same time. If we consider the size of the 1-step SDCM ellipse at an arbitrary 3,000K color temperature, the CCT range is ±30K, and the corresponding u’v’ range (the chromaticity coordinates in the 1976 CIE Uniform Colour Space) is ±0.001. In other words, if we view two LEDs with a CCT difference of more than 60K, the chances are that we will see a color difference. The table below relates the number of SDCM ellipse steps to the range of CCT and chromaticity coordinates for a 3000K color temperature light source.

1x ±30K ±0.0007
2x ±60K ±0.0010
4x ±100K ±0.0020
7-8x ±175K ±0.0060

Within the lighting industry, reference is often made to the standard IES LM-79-08 “Approved Method of Electrical & Photometric Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products" published by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). This, in turn, references the American standard ANSI C78.377-2008 “Specification for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products” which places white light LEDs used for illumination into standard color groups which all have the same “nominal” correlated color temperatures (CCTs). The size of the ANSI C78.377 nominal CCT quadrangle is a 7-step MacAdam ellipse. A 7 to 8-step SDCM is currently representative of the variation in chromaticity of high brightness white LEDs used for illumination.




New Premium Line profiles provide higher light output and reduce energy consumption

New Premium Line profiles provide higher light output and reduce energy consumption 0

A simple adjustment to design, and the addition of light reflectors placed within the profile, offer a better and brighter light output. The polished aluminum reflectors have a reflection rate of 95%, directing more of the light generated toward the diffuser or lens. The outer dimensions of the profile remain the same.