LED lights to replicate natural daylight in office space
Question: I would like to upgrade the lighting in my office space. My goal is to get lighting that's closer to natural daylight, and am hopeful that I can create a healthier lighting environment for myself and my colleagues. What lights should I get?
It sounds like the first question we would like to determine is which color temperature would work best for your needs. Since you mention a desire to get closer to natural daylight, my first suggestion would be to consider 6500K.
Keep in mind, however, that 6500K isn't for everyone. It's commonly used to truly replicate blue daylight, and is popular among our customers who use the lights for graphic arts and other applications that require a true match to natural daylight at a technical level.
In reality, most office spaces will utilize a "warmer" 4000K or 5000K color option. These colors would be closer to natural sunlight, rather than daylight, and might be a better fit, depending on your personal preferences. Here is an article comparing 5000K to 6500K that you may find helpful.
We would not recommend anything below 4000K for an office space, as these color temperatures will provide a much warmer, relaxing atmosphere that is more appropriate for a residential area.
With all color temperature options, we suggest a high CRI value of 95 or higher. A high CRI rating ensures that the spectral content, and not just the appearance, of the light source also matches natural daylight or sunlight.
Check out our infographic on color temperature selection below: