With the introduction of LEDs several years ago, outdoor lighting designers now have the choice of numerous color options for the outdoor lighting design. Most often, designers will choose warm white rather than neutral or cool white. While conducting design consultations, I am constantly told “we don’t want the blue look of LEDs”. My response is always the same….outdoor lighting typically is done with warm white lamps.
However, warm white still has its variations. A 2700 K lamp contrasted with a 3000 K lamp show noticeable differences.
At this point, the experience of the designer takes over. Some applications simply look cozier and more inviting with a warmer (2700K) look. Another school of thought is that uplights should be 3000K and downlights should be 2700k. Yet another philosophy is to use 3000K on architectural features and landscape lighting because it will be a “truer” color.
You be the judge…