Aftermarket Lighting – Colour Temperature Explained

So a lot can be talked about with Colour Temperature these days, with a huge range of LED, HID and Halogen lighting available online, oftentimes with colour temperatures explained in K or Kelvin.

But what does this mean for you?

Well, the Human Eye is adjusted to Daylight, we are a primarily Diurnal creature, that means we are used to running around in the daylight, meaning that any light that is shifted closer to natural sunlight, the better for our eyes, reducing eye strain, and reducing fatigue.

Colour Temperature is very important when looking to find the perfect lights for your eyes, if the Temperature is too low, it can lead to squinting, difficulty focusing, and high fatigure.

Conversely, too high a Colour Temperature can lead to dazzling, difficulty defining objects that you are seeing, and again, higher fatigue. So finding a Colour Temperature as close to natural daylight as possible is what you aim for.

Here is a good chart showing color temperature:

Kelvin Color Temperature Scale Courtesy: www.upshine.com

You will often hear of these lights termed with names such as “Cool White” or “Day White” or “Warm Yellow”

These names can often be used to make the lights seem more appealing, without the manufacturer disclosing the actual color, and whilst the below image is not an absolute perfect example of the lighting colors and that there can be variances by manufacturer with exactly what they call it, this is nevertheless a good example.

Example of Color Temperature vs. Color Name – Courtesy www.specgradeled.com

Here at 4WD DIY we sell both Night Armour and Livid Performance LED Lights, with which we can verify that the color temperatures listed on the product pages are accurate to what you will see with the naked eye.

As you can see from the above charts, anything between around the 4,800K to the 6,000K range is the very best lighting you can have on your eyes to reduce fatigue and ensure that your eyes can pick up any hazards on the road ahead.

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