Warm lighting can change the way a space looks and feels – and even how we feel. Find out all you need to know about warm lighting in our guide...
Why is warm lighting so important?
Light, and specifically certain types of light, can affect us both physically and emotionally. In the past, our daily waking and sleeping patterns were closely bound to the natural rising and setting of the sun – and while we may have moved on in many ways since then, the same principles still apply when it comes to lighting.
As a general rule, bluish-white light appears brighter and cooler in tone and is more stimulating – which is why a bright sunny day makes us feel positive and energised. Meanwhile, yellow-white light is warmer and has a gentler, more calming effect: the warm glow from a fire or a set of candles creates a cosy, intimate atmosphere which naturally makes us want to slow down and relax.
When it comes to lighting, cooler light is ideal for helping to boost our focus and concentration during the daytime, and can be useful in practical spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and workshops. However, it’s essential to have some lower level warm lighting options available when it’s time to chill out and unwind. Warm lighting is particularly important in spaces such as the bedroom, living room and dining room, or any other space where you want to relax.
To create a warm, inviting atmosphere in your living space you should aim to use warm white light bulbs in the 2,700-3,000K range – the lower the figure, the more yellow the light will appear.