Whether you’re lighting up wood grain cabinetry or white cabinetry, choosing the right LED color temperature is critical to the outcome and overall aesthetic of your project.
As we see more white colors being used in contemporary kitchens, the lights we choose to use within them needs to be Cool White, but without a “hospital” type feel too.
We often think of residential lights as being warm (2700K), however, when working with white cabinetry we generally want a bright white light that works within a home. This falls in the range of 4200K-5500K.
This color temperature will eliminate some of those yellow or pink tones from Kelvin ranges below and the blue tones we get from Kelvin ranges above. Below we’ll take a look at some examples.
Related Article: The LED Lighting System Your Cabinet Maker Needs to Know About
3500K (Warm/Neutral) color temperature can cause pink tones…
Although more of transitional temperature, 3500K color temperature is recommended for use in applications with more earth tones. It can sometimes give white cabinetry an off-white look.
6000K+ (Daylight) color temperature will create a bluish tint…
This temperature is ideal for backlighting or for use in display cases. The Daylight color has more of a sky color to it which often develops a blue tint on white acrylic or wood cabinetry.
4800K (Cool) color temperature is the optimal choice…
“Cool” can range from 4200K-5500K and give you the best outcome for white kitchen cabinetry. It eliminates the pink tones from the 3500K and creates more of a white light for white cabinets. The 4800K also works well for modern kitchens with a contemporary feel.