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Don't be mis-LED!

LEDs (light emitting diodes) are among the most efficient, affordable and long lasting light sources available for interior and exterior lighting today. They are available in numerous color temperature and light base styles, making them ideal for today's lighting needs.

My concern is the choice of color temperature. Recently, while dining at one of my favorite Italian bistros, I was struck by an error in light choice that diminished some of the appeal that this fine establishment offered when it was lit with dimmed tungsten lights. That is, when the sun went down, the interior did not have that warm glow that should accompany the fine wine, good food and good company. Instead, the daylight balanced LEDs were too blue and harsh, making the ambiance feel go go, not stay, enjoy.

In the blue hour photograph below, this customer chose the correct warm white balanced LEDs for their model home. The light outside is very blue and cool compared to the warmth seen inside. This is the essence of the dramatic look of the blue hour photograph.

 Blue hour photograph with warm LEDs interior lights

Blue hour photograph with warm LEDs interior lights

Here is what it might look like if the LEDs were cool. The outside light temperature will be the same or warmer than the inside, making the outside look gray or perhaps warmer than the inside!

 Blue hour photograph as if lighted with cool LEDs. There is little light color difference between inside and out, so skies at dusk might  look gray relative to inside.

Blue hour photograph as if lighted with cool LEDs. There is little light color difference between inside and out, so skies at dusk might  look gray relative to inside.

I think we, as a species, are accustomed to the color of light that emanates (radiates) from a burning ember, whether it is wood, or tungsten. Today's LEDs offer wider color choices. My hope is that you will choose the one that makes you feel comfortable in your home.