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How to optimize your home lighting design based on color temperature

Christopher Null | Feb. 24, 2015
Light is light, right? Not exactly. The light that comes from the overhead fluorescents at your office is nothing like the light that pours from your favorite chandelier at home or that of the bedside lamp that lets you read your favorite novel to help you fall asleep.

The big advantage of adjustable bulbs is that it frees you from having to pick a single bulb for each room in the house. According to Catherine Feliz, a lighting product manager at Philips, the Hue system has four preset "recipes" for color temperature built into its app: relax, reading, concentrate, and energize. "So," she says, "if the kids are always doing homework in the family room from five to six, you can program Hue to 'concentrate,' about 4300K, during that time, then later switch to 'relax,' about 2100K, to help your body wind down at the end of the day."

 

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