• Katie Longrich

Can Light Temperature Improve Productivity?

Have you ever walked into a restaurant with super bright lighting and felt that the space felt "off"? If the answer is yes, you aren't wrong! To first understand why this feeling occurs, let's understand the basics of what light temperature is.



So what is color temperature anyway?


As a review, color temperature (Correlated Color Temperature, or CCT, in lighting tech jargon) is essentially a gauge of how yellow or blue the color of light emitted from a light bulb appears.


It’s measured in the Kelvin unit. Most light temperatures are found between 2200 (warm light) Kelvin degrees and 6500 (cool light) Kelvin degrees.


Warm light sources, such as incandescent bulbs, have a low color temperature (2200-3000K) and feature more light in the red/ orange/ yellow range.


When you think of a warm color temperature, think of the warm, inviting light of a fire in the fireplace or a nice high-end restaurant with classy dim lighting.

Cool light sources, such as some HID or fluorescent lamps, have a high color temperature (>4000K) and feature more light in the blue range.


When you think of a cool color temperature, think of the crisp white or blue light of school hallways or hospitals.


Affects on Productivity


Recent studies looked at the effect of color temperature on visual acuity in schoolchildren.


Optometrists conducted vision and reading tests for children under 3 different scenarios:

  • SS00K (white) light at normal light level

  • 3500K (warm white) light at normal light level

  • SS00K light at half the level of the first two scenarios.

The researchers found that the children performed significantly better at SS00K than 3500K at the same light level, with the results being almost the same between the 3500K and low level SS00K groups.


The optometrists observed that the pupils of the children are more constricted at higher color temperatures, which resulted in improved vision and higher visual acuity.


Having The Right Temperature at Any Time


Lights in the S000K range are optimal for tasks that involve high levels of focus and concentration, typical for most school situations. But what if students are engaged in group activities or classroom discussions?


The LED Color Tuning from Green Systems is perfect for this.


You can set the optimal color temperature in a classroom to SS00K when the students are taking a test or working on math or science, change it to a slightly warmer 4000K for classroom discussions and group activities, and tune it to 3000K to calm the students down after lunch and recess.


You no longer have to compromise by selecting a single color temperature light for your classrooms. Educators can tune the light to their OWN unique needs from the easy to use touch fader controller.


 

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