Lighting can add a new dimension to the nighttime appearance of your home or business for a relatively inexpensive cost. Using light to accentuate both hard and soft landscaping is sometimes known as lightscaping. By simply altering the way you light a space you are able to invoke a range of emotions and sensations. One of the most useful lighting techniques to add more drama to a lightscape is incorporating a number of lights with varying color temperatures into the display.

What is a Color Temperature?

It is easiest to understand color temperature as the shade of light which a white bulb produces. Not all white light is the same and lighting experts can determine the color temperature of a light by measuring its surface temperature in Kelvin. The more Kelvin a light gives off, the ‘cooler’ the color temperature.

How to Use Color Temperature in Lightscaping

When you are designing a lightscape for your property, it is important to understand that certain color temperatures are ideal for creating various effects and for illuminating different aspects of your property. The four main categories of lights landscaping experts use are:

Very warm lights around 2200K. This is the warmest level of white light possible. Any light less than 2200K is considered yellow, not white. Some lightscaping experts alternatively refer to this level of color temperature as ‘candlelight’. These lights are perfect for creating a low-key, intimate or romantic atmosphere. Many homeowners prefer to use very warm lights to illuminate formal dining rooms and hot tubs.

Warm lights around 2700K. This is perhaps the most common color temperature designers use for general lightscaping of structures. Warm lighting provides adequate lighting for security and safety, yet creates a welcoming appearance which most people are drawn toward.

Natural white lights around 3000K. Using natural white light is popular for lighting plants and trees because it highlights vegetation’s blues and greens. Unlike warmer colors which are produced by incandescent and LED bulbs, natural white lights come from halogen bulbs.

Cool white lights of 4000K and over. Cool white lights give off a bluish hue and work well when lighting landscape features which have a lot of blue tones. Cool white lights offer a relaxed feeling and can simulate the light which comes from a full moon.

Lightscape Design for Your Property

Designing the right lightscape for your property is daunting, but the professionals at Creative Nightscapes can help. With over 4,000 design and installation projects in the DFW Metroplex area, Creative Nightscapes has the experience to transform your home or business into a stunning nightscape. Call 817-581-6936 or contact Creative Nightscapes online to arrange a free consultation.