color temperature


Definition of color temperature

: the temperature at which a blackbody emits radiant energy competent to evoke a color the same as that evoked by radiant energy from a given source (such as a lamp)

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Look for the Kelvin number, or color temperature, on the light-bulb box or fixture-specifications list. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 High intensity is best for work surfaces; choose from warm or cool color temperature depending on the cabinet and countertop finishes. Maria Frank, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Integrated lighting," 6 Apr. 2018 The color temperature changes and whites are much easier on the eyes. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "First impressions of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro," 13 July 2018 They, too, are meant to contribute to your well-being, by delivering optimal brightness and color temperature at different times of day. New York Times, "These Lights Are Like a Mood Ring for Your Room," 8 May 2018 This version has a $10,000 Instagram table with movable lights and adjustable color temperature settings, so charge up your smartphone before arriving. Kara Baskin,, "Boston Chops opens in Downtown Crossing — with a $10,000 Instagram table," 31 May 2018 There's a new Night Light app, which warms your monitor's color temperature after sunset to lessen eye strain. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "Ubuntu 18.04: Unity is gone, GNOME is back—and Ubuntu has never been better," 9 May 2018 Blue light is present in some -- but not all -- outdoor LEDs, particularly those with a color temperature of more than 3,000 Kelvin. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Blue light like that from smartphones linked to some cancers, study finds," 27 Apr. 2018 Huawei has its own version of Apple’s True Tone tech, which adjusts color temperature in accordance with ambient light around the phone: it’s subtle and works brilliantly well. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Huawei P20 Pro review: style and substance," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of color temperature

1916, in the meaning defined above

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