Color Temperature & Its Effect in Lighting

LED Color Temp

Color temperature is the measurement of the “color” of white light. Yes, while white light is, well, white, it is slightly more complex than that…

According to a study from the Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience journal, most indoor lighting used today is “polychromatic light, which is the sum of various frequency [light] waves that express a diverse spectrum of brightness and color temperature.” This means that when the color temperature of the light is measured at a lower value (such as 2200K-3000K) it is considered a “red-enriched white” or “warm white”. On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll find “blue-enriched white” or “cool white” light at 6000K-7000K+.

Color temperature is not just an arbitrary choice in terms of creating good lighting; when designing a space, (whether it be a restaurant, an office space, or even your own kitchen) color temperature is a very important factor to consider. The color temperature of the light sources we use every day help determine the mood of the room or environment we are lighting and can even affect our cognitive behavior over time. Below is a list of some of the most popular color temperatures in the LED lighting industry and how they can be applied to compliment a space.

Warm White (2700K)

Warm white color temperatures have a yellowish tint and can sometimes be used to simulate candlelight. This type of light is ideal for creating a cozy or intimate setting in spaces like a bedroom, lounge, or a romantic restaurant.

Soft White (3000K)

Soft whites are still slightly warmer than true white, and have a calming, inviting affect on a space. This type of lighting can be used in most rooms in a home, boutiques, and hotel or office lobbies.

Neutral White (4000K)

Neutral white has very little yellow or blue tint, appearing true white to the eye. This type of light appears neat, clean, and vibrant and is best suited for backlighting natural materials such as stone or onyx, work environments, and healthcare facilities.

Daylight (5000K)

This color temperature mimics the effect of natural daylight and creates a sense of energetic and productive environment that is perfect for office settings, classrooms, and task lighting. Studies have shown that a bluer tone of light may have positive effects on cognitive function, attention and memory.

Cool Daylight (6500K)

Cool daylight has a blueish tint that can sometimes be a little too cool for residential and office settings, but is ideal for showcasing jewelry, artwork, illuminating signage graphics, or even in large-scale commercial settings.

 

Feng Shui Lighting‘s product lines include a variety of different color temperatures to suit virtually any application, and customization is always welcomed!

 

Let the Light Inspire You

The philosophy of Feng Shui Lighting is that we are greatly affected by what we see and what it means to us.  By consciously creating and selecting what we illuminate in our space, we can impact how the environment makes us feel and think.  FSL marries key principles of Feng Shui with key components of good lighting design to create spaces that make us feel good and create good energy flow, or good Chi.

You are constantly influenced by your surroundings, and what you choose to place in your home or your office can greatly affect the way you feel and think throughout the day.  Choose to fill your space with light, inspiration, and good Chi, and you will soon begin to see the effects on your daily thoughts and energy.

Now, answer this question:

If I gave you two tickets to anywhere, where would you go?  Really, in your dreams, where in the world would you go?

Wherever that place is, Feng Shui Lighting suggests that you have imagery of that place in your home.  Whether it be literal imagery, symbols, or anything at all that helps conjure that place in your mind, it is important to give your dreams a presence in your space.  If you want to go to Bora Bora, place photos in your home, or even a backlit fixture from Feng Shui Lighting in your office.

 

Enjoy your travels, and

Let the Light inspire you.

2017: The Year of the Fire Rooster

This Saturday, January 28th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year (according to the lunar calendar).  2017, the Year of the Fire Rooster, is expected to infuse our lives with a fiery enthusiasm, energy, and transformation.  However, Fire destroys Metal in the cycle of the elements, meaning we should be prepared for many challenges throughout the year.  But as the Fire Rooster is a symbol of optimism, good things will come to those who act in harmony with their surroundings.  Loyalty, commitment, and hard work are some of the characteristics to be rewarded greatly in the Year of the Rooster.

The Rooster is the first creature to awake at the start of each day, and is an incredibly focused and confident bird.  Therefore, the Chinese horoscope predicts this year to be ideal for taking the time to let your inner perfectionist shine.  This is the year to really focus on quality over quantity.  While the Rooster tends to be overconfident at times and is prone to developing irrational plans, they don’t always pan out.  Prepare to stick to more practical and proven approaches to ensure success this year.

Roosters are also communal birds, suggesting this year will be very lucky for joint ventures, new business partnerships, and especially romantic pairings.  This year promises to bring good luck in finding love and expanding your circle of family and friends.

2017 Chinese Zodiac Horoscopes: Is the Year of the Rooster a good year for you?

Find your birthdate year to determine your Chinese Zodiac sign, then see the horoscopes below to see what the Year of the Rooster has in store for you!

Rat Years: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912

Ox Years: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913

Tiger Years: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914

Rabbit Years: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915

Dragon Years: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916

Snake Years: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917

Horse Years: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918

Sheep Years: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919

Monkey Years: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920

Rooster Years: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921

Dog Years: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922, 1910

Pig Years: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911

Rat Horoscope

The Year of the Rooster will be a good year for you, but not without a bit of hard work!  There are challenges in the year ahead, but quick-witted Rats have the expertise to find a way to succeed when faced with any problem–just remember not to get caught up in the trivial matters!

Because of their bright and outgoing personalities, Rats are known to have a very close circle of family and friends that will play a crucial role in the Year of the Rooster, who highly values loyalty and a strong sense of community.  2017 will be a great year for Rats to tend to those relationships and even forge many new ones.

Keep your purse strings a little tighter this year, Rats; the Year of the Rooster shows that this will be a good money year for you, but it will be easy to fall into the habit of spending more than you’re bringing in.  Spend conservatively throughout this year, choosing only to reward yourself after all your bills are paid.  Rats are very good networkers, so keep an eye out for new opportunities on the horizon.

Ox Horoscope

As the Rooster’s best partner, the Ox is looking at a wonderful upcoming year.  The Ox is an incredibly hard worker, and will have luck on its side to excel in its career or education during 2017.  The year will bring its challenges, but Oxen will be greatly rewarded for their tireless efforts.

Remember to slow down this year, Oxen–don’t let your impatience get in the way of your love life.  Take time to build a new network of friends with common interests, and you will see that these friends will become some of your most passionate supporters in the future.

The Year of the Rooster is not a lucky time for risky ventures, so rely on your steady work ethic and planning skills to bring you good fortune and prosperity this year.

Tiger Horoscope

The beginning of the year may bring some minor problems for the Tiger, but hang in there and remain flexible with your problem solving to ensure things go smoothly–the second half of the year will bring much better fortune for you.  Recognize the opportunities in your challenges this year, Tigers!  With your drive and determination, great rewards lie ahead.

Tigers are known for their strong will and conviction, but in the Year of the Rooster, beware: maintain your level-headedness and do not engage in unnecessary battles because luck may not always be on your side.  Keep your head down and work hard and you will receive praises.

2017 will be a great year for love for Tigers.  New romance will appear in unexpected ways for you this year!  Try to look past who you are typically attracted to in your love life, and you might be surprised by what you find.

Rabbit Horoscope

The Rabbit and the Rooster tend to be complete opposites, so Rabbits are advised to keep a low-profile and stay calm in 2017.  Avoiding conflict will be very important during the Year of the Rooster, but with the Rabbit’s gentle and relaxed attitude, this will not be difficult. In addition, Rabbits are known for their strong sense of intuition; follow your instincts this year–it will pay off!

The Rooster’s optimism will give your social life a boost this year, meaning many new friendships are on the horizon, and 2017 might be the perfect time to expand your career network!  These new connections will bring a great deal of success in the future.

Use your free time to care for yourself during the Year of the Rooster.  Channel the Rooster’s drive for perfection by focusing on improving your body and soul this year, and you will definitely reap the rewards.

Dragon Horoscope

Dragons, known for their power, determination, and good luck, are very similar to the Rooster, bringing great things for you in the coming year.  With the Rooster’s work ethic, expect a busier year in terms of your career, but your drive and determination will allow you to get more work done than in years passed.  Not only will this be lucrative, but others will surely notice your hard work.

While you may find yourself busy this year, your stress levels are predicted to be relatively low.  Manage your time wisely, and enjoy some down-time when it comes your way.  This is a perfect opportunity to learn a new skill set or take up a hobby to keep your mind sharp.

Chinese horoscope predicts that you will get a major confidence boost this year, feeling more yourself than ever.  This will make it easier for you to open up to friends and loved ones, allowing your already strong connections to deepen.

Snake Horoscope

Snakes should expect lots of positive changes in the Year of the Rooster!  The Rooster’s confidence will bring out your most sociable and motivated sides, making this year one of the best you’ve had in quite some time.  Embrace the changes life has in store for you during 2017, and you will see positive outcomes.

The Year of the Rooster will be a great year of love for Snakes.  While naturally more independent creatures, Snakes will be inspired this year to step outside their comfort zone and will flourish in their love lives in the coming months.

When new opportunities in your career present themselves this year, do not take them lightly.  Luck is on your side during 2017 when faced with a challenge, so be fearless in your decision making.

Horse Horoscope

This year will bring some much needed consistency for Horses–especially in the social sector.  You will not endeavor many relationship changes, so take this time to focus on yourself and your career.

Like the Rooster, the Horse has a great work ethic, but only after a little bit of a head start. Luckily, the beginning of the year will give you a bit of energy boost, so use that to create a momentum for any projects you are working on or have wanted to start.  Your work will be recognized, but only if you stick to it–no giving up early this year.

Chinese horoscope predicts that Horses will have more wealth luck this year than in the past, but be sure to use your earnings wisely, as surprises are common in the Year of the Rooster.  Set some funds aside for a rainy day this year–you will be thankful.

Sheep Horoscope

This year will be a fast-paced and energy filled year for you.  You’ll have to work hard and may have to take on a few extra responsibilities this year to keep up with the Rooster’s pace, but if you stick with it, it will surely pay off.

Be cautious with your finances this year.  Working harder during the Year of the Rooster will bring in more money, but spending may drain your funds more quickly than you expect.

As most Sheep are sensitive and sincere, others are easily drawn to them and love being in their company.  It is predicted that 2017 will present you with many opportunities for new friendships or possible romantic partners; don’t be shy!  Follow your heart, and it will steer you in the right direction.

Monkey Horoscope

The Year of the Rooster will be a good year for the very adaptable Monkeys.  Though the year may be full of trials and challenges, the Monkey’s creative thinking will impress those around you and make the most out of some sticky situations.

Let the Rooster’s confidence inspire you during 2017.  This is the perfect time for you to express yourself and your needs in order to move forward in your career or relationships this year.  Your hard work will pay off during the second half of the year, but only if you make it known.

Focus on staying in one place this year.  Travel will be a temptation for you, but it’s best to hold off until you have more free time to truly enjoy it.  Your time would be better spent close to home with family and friends during the Year of the Rooster.

Rooster Horoscope

Roosters, this is your year.  You are in sync with this year’s energy through and through, and you will find that you are challenged in the very best ways, leading to new opportunities and personal growth.

Let your intuition lead this year, as you will seem to know the right path before it has even fully revealed itself.  This year is the beginning of a new life cycle for you, so it is entirely up to you to decide what you want that to look like.  However, remember not to be reckless.  Just because luck is on your side during the Year of the Rooster does not mean there won’t be a few challenges ahead.

Concentrate on furthering your career this year and making yourself more valuable.  You will feel more productive and energetic than in previous years, and channeling that into your work will surely pay off.

Dog Horoscope

Most Dogs are friendly, but fiercely loyal to their loved ones, making you a wonderful partner whether romantically, socially, or even in a business venture.  Others can always count on your optimistic attitude and your loyalty when times are tough.  The Year of the Rooster will bring some difficult times for others, so you may need to step in and offer a helping hand when needed this year.

Your career or education may challenge you in unexpected ways this year, leaving you feeling a little disorganized.  Concentrate on the big picture ahead, and try not to get sidetracked by any obstacles that present themselves.  If you stay focused on your end goal and tackle challenges head-on, you will see success.

You will feel a bit of an energy boost in the second half of the year, so take advantage of it! Use any extra time you have to learn a new skill or take up a hobby to keep your mind at ease and reduce stress.  However, many Dogs tend to overwork themselves without realizing it, so don’t be afraid to take a break if you are not feeling at your best–even the shortest of breaks will leave your mind and body feeling refreshed.

Pig Horoscope

Pigs are generally very intelligent and talented, but are prone to losing their way during stressful times.  It is advised that you do not get caught up in the chaos of the Rooster this year; there will be some hectic times during the Year of the Rooster, but remember to take a step back and focus on yourself and your goals for the year to avoid getting sidetracked.

You will see many opportunities for growth and wealth this year, so develop a plan early on and stick to it.  Good things are surely coming your way during the Year of the Rooster, including a few very lucrative ventures.  However, as Pigs are known to be incredibly selfless, it can sometimes be easy to let others take credit for your hard work–stand your ground to ensure that you see the rewards of your labor.

This year will be a great time for travel for you Pigs.  Use this time to recharge and maybe even develop some new friendships or a new relationship.  Your sincere nature attracts many people and instantly puts them at ease.  Nurture these new friendships, for they may become some of the most important ones moving forward.

 

“As the new sun rises in a brand New Year may it bring you good luck, prosperity, joy and contentment.”