Kelvin Color: Debunking the Misconceptions

Kelvin Color

Debunking the Misconceptions

There are many benefits and features associated with LED and HID lighting technologies. Many of the obvious benefits, such as lowered energy consumption and related cost reductions, longer life expectancy, and lower overall heat generation are generally well known. But let’s not forget about the dynamic appearance and commercial productivity benefits associated with the color temperature of the light output. This color temperature is rated in Kelvins.

For many dealers and distributors unfamiliar to HID and LED lighting products, Kelvin color can be a confusing concept. Our purpose here is to debunk the most common misconceptions about Kelvin color. We also want to set you up for success with the understanding necessary to communicate with your customers.

Kelvin is About Color NOT Brightness

Kelvin is a unit of measurement used to describe the hue of a specific light source. This is not necessarily related to the light intensity of the light source, but rather the color of the light output. Kelvin is a measurement of color NOT brightness. Many people assume that the higher the kelvin the brighter the light. This is not true. For example if you shine a 6,000 kelvin flashlight into a dark room it will have much more perceivable light output than a 30,000 kelvin flashlight.

Choosing the Right Color

Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light that has important implications for particular applications. Certain Kelvin colors, such as 5,000 or 6,000, are great for nighttime off-road driving in your ATV.  These lower Kelvin colors give you the best perceivable light output. Special colors like purple or green are great to accentuate the theme of your show car or truck, but may negatively affect visibility. For lighting building interiors, it is often important to take into account the atmosphere you are intending to create. For example, a warmer (i.e., lower color temperature) light is often used in public areas to promote relaxation, while a cooler (higher color temperature) light is used to enhance concentration in offices.

Race Sport Lighting’s available HID Colors:

Kelvin rating

Race Sport Lighting’s Available LED Colors:

LED Colors