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    I'm looking for some opinions as to the best color of outdoor LED's for residential installations. I see some of these 5000 K or 6500K blue/white lights that just look horrible in a residential setting. I'm leaning towards 3000 K or 4000 K I want something that doesn't look like it belongs in a mall parking lot.
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    #2
    Originally posted by infinity View Post
    I'm looking for some opinions as to the best color of outdoor LED's for residential installations. I see some of these 5000 K or 6500K blue/white lights that just look horrible in a residential setting. I'm leaning towards 3000 K or 4000 K I want something that doesn't look like it belongs in a mall parking lot.
    I try to stay in the 2700 range. I'm with you, I think the 4K and above look terribly out of place in a residential setting.

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      #3
      Originally posted by infinity View Post
      I'm looking for some opinions as to the best color of outdoor LED's for residential installations. I see some of these 5000 K or 6500K blue/white lights that just look horrible in a residential setting. I'm leaning towards 3000 K or 4000 K I want something that doesn't look like it belongs in a mall parking lot.
      personally, I like nothing more than 3500k at a residence.

      2200k is about what those orange 100W has lights utilities use.
      Most people hate them below 2500k

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        #4
        I don't think I would go any higher than 3k.

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          #5
          Agree with all the above. I also wish they would stay below 3k on automobile headlights.
          Cheers and Stay Safe,

          Marky the Sparky

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            #6
            Yeah I have an existing 6000 K motion light on my garage and although it's very bright the light color looks awful. My neighbor asking me for a recommendation and since I'll be looking at his lights too I wanted to to tell him to install something on the warm side.
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              #7
              I can handle 4k outdoors but inside 3k is fine. I did a kitchen once with 5k bulbs. Damn it was bright but the customer loved it.
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                #8
                Originally posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
                I can handle 4k outdoors but inside 3k is fine. I did a kitchen once with 5k bulbs. Damn it was bright but the customer loved it.
                Was it too many lumens or was it the color temperature? My wife will say something toward 5k is too bright even though it is the same lumens as a 2700k. I recently found out that blue eyes are more sensitive to light than darker eyes.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jimport View Post

                  Was it too many lumens or was it the color temperature? My wife will say something toward 5k is too bright even though it is the same lumens as a 2700k. I recently found out that blue eyes are more sensitive to light than darker eyes.
                  the 5k was alot brighter than the 3k,but I didn't check the lumens but I have never seen a residential kitchen that bright. My guess is the lumens was at least 1.5 that of the 3000k bulbs we use.

                  BTW, you can get an R30 led bulb that is 3k but the lumens can range from 650-1000 depending on the wattage of the bulb (8 watts-12watts). The 5K go up to 16 watt and 1400 lumens

                  https://www.1000bulbs.com/category/l...-lights-3000k/

                  https://www.1000bulbs.com/category/l...-lights-5000k/
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                  She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me
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                    #10
                    For indoor public areas (church, school) I am really fond of 3.5K. It gives a color that looks good both at night and combined with daylight. Outdoors (parking lot, access) I am OK with either a lower or a higher color temperature, but never as high as 5K. To me 5K is barely acceptable for security lights where ambiance is not an issue at all.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by infinity View Post
                      I'm looking for some opinions as to the best color of outdoor LED's for residential installations. I see some of these 5000 K or 6500K blue/white lights that just look horrible in a residential setting. I'm leaning towards 3000 K or 4000 K I want something that doesn't look like it belongs in a mall parking lot.
                      3K. also, consider 100% light cutoff. some places it's required, most everywhere it's appreciated.
                      the only reason people use 5k, is you can get more lumens per watt generally if the color temp is higher.

                      but...it sucks to look at.

                      commercially, T24 requires the light to dim 50% when nobody is around. not that hard to implement,
                      and a good idea.

                      having a light suddenly double in brightness gets everyone's attention that something is moving
                      *over there*, which is disconcerting when who is *over there* is not supposed to be *over there*,
                      yet it provides background illumination for curb appeal.


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                        #12
                        I just so happen to have a comparison pic of 3000K vs 5000K; this was a week or so ago at my brothers house trying out new LED halogen replacements.

                        3000K on the left, 5000K on the right.

                        I much prefer 3000K.



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                          #13
                          For indoor public areas (church, school) I am really fond of 3.5K. It gives a color that looks good both at night and combined with daylight. Outdoors (parking lot, access) I am OK with either a lower or a higher color temperature, but never as high as 5K. To me 5K is barely acceptable for security lights where ambiance is not an issue at all.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by texie View Post

                            I try to stay in the 2700 range. I'm with you, I think the 4K and above look terribly out of place in a residential setting.
                            For outdoors, I prefer 5000K. Same for basements and garages.

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                              #15
                              I'm a 5000k guy. I hate that orangey 2700 glow and once you start paying attention to how well you can see things lit with higher color temp you don't want to go back to the land of orange.
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