Last edited 29 Jul 2021

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Colour temperature

The Illustrated Guide to Electrical Building Services, Third Edition (BG 32/2014), by David Bleicher & Peter Tse, published by BSRIA in 2014, states: ‘Colour temperature (measured in Kelvin) is a property of a lamp which determines whether colours appear warm or cool. Environments such as restaurants and lounges favour lighting on the warm side of white and use lamps with a relatively low colour temperature of 3300 K or less. Environments such as a dentist’s surgery generally require a higher colour temperature to provide a cool appearance.’


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