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Pot light colour

I know this is more or less preference but those who have pot lights what kind of colour do you have in your home?

I'm installing pot lights and have a choice between 3000K, 4000K or 6000K. These will be installed in the kitchen, living and hallways and even thinking bedrooms.

I have dark floors and at night the first floor is not very bright and everything looks dim and yellow with a single 60Watt equivalent 2700K LED bulb in a basic builder light fixtures.

The family is thinking 4000K but i think that will be to office like, they want the room bright and not yellow. I'm thinking 3000K and since each room will have at least 4 to 6 lights the rooms will be much brighter than they are today.
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Most of my main floor are 4000. 4000K are the most common for kitchens. They are not as yellow.

6000 are extremely bright and very blue.

3000 I find way to yellow but they are a warmer light colour.

It’s all personal preference though. I do recommend installing a dimmer as they are quite bright on full.
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Topher86 wrote: Most of my main floor are 4000. 4000K are the most common for kitchens. They are not as yellow.

6000 are extremely bright and very blue.

3000 I find way to yellow but they are a warmer light colour.

It’s all personal preference though. I do recommend installing a dimmer as they are quite bright on full.
Does the colour temperature change in any way with a dimmer or its just the brightness?
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I have 3000 installed and it's perfect.
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Tha_Doggg wrote: I have 3000 installed and it's perfect.
What kind of flooring do you have? I have dark hardwood and dark kitchen cabinets.
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its definitely a personal preference, we had the 3000K first, used it for less than half a year, then i switched all to 5000K, i can't stand the 3000K anymore. OP, you might want to just try a few bulds with 3000K and 5000K to see what you like, not expensive anyways.
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My vote is for 3000K, irrespective of floor or wall colors. Over 3000K starts to look more industrial.
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I'm leaning towards 3000K, the house has enough windows that in the day no lights are used even in the kitchen.

Only time lights are turned on is after sunset, i don't want the house to look like daylight at night as it will be to bright.
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JonSnow wrote: What kind of flooring do you have? I have dark hardwood and dark kitchen cabinets.
Dark chocolate like hardwood flooring and white paint in living room. White kitchen.
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Another vote for 3000K. The slightly warmer colour gives a more cozy feel. Anything higher looks too commercial. The only places I'd consider higher than 3000K are garage and laundry room.
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And another vote for 3000K.

The pot lights we have have a switch on them to switch them between 2700(?) and 3000. Not sure if they have other settings.
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3000k is decided now i have to figure out lumens and CRI. My installer is checking with his supplier to make sure but from what I've found online CRI=80, lumens=300.

I read 90CRI is best and some high end lights have 600 lumens, do i need this? I'm not looking for a bright office look but rather a cozy yet not dull yellow.

Each room will have 4+ lights, which means a minimum 12000 lumens per room. Currently have a single 2700K 800 lumens LED bulb in most rooms and it makes everything dull and dark.
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Go to Jenco Canada LED they have a colour changing switch on the light from worm to cool white
And very good prices
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3000K. The reason is because as the light output drops, the eye gets more sensitive to blue. The sun's about 5600K, but the light seems neutral when bright. That same colour temperature with dim lighting seems very harsh. Installing 4000K works great in a bathroom (especially one without a tub you want to relax in). It works fairly well in a kitchen where you're using it solely as a workspace. It works well in a garage.

In a living space where you want to relax, spend time with loved ones, eat, rest, etc you don't want anything too white - it's harsh. 5000K is like a surgical ward when dimly lit, but if that's your preference for a living room then the option's available.
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3-4500K is my preference, but any blue in them and I don't like it.
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So the one i ended up selecting is a thin wafer Lithonia 30K40K50K 90CRI LED, will probably set 4K in kitchen but rest 3K.

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