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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other innovations allow wide angle filming, close-up filming, two-camera operation and software that controls the LED’s color temperature. Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 Apr. 2023 Other notable features include a 12-MP camera (with support for Center Stage, which keeps you in the frame during video calls), a True Tone display that adjusts the screen's color temperature depending on the lighting in your environment, and 64 GB of storage. Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 12 Oct. 2022 Instead of flickering fluorescent lights that can’t be adjusted, a building designed with health in mind would feature lighting that automatically changes color temperature throughout the day, mimicking the light of the sun—HOK has started using this technology for some of its projects. Sonner Kehrt, Wired, 15 Dec. 2020 Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch E Ink display with adjustable color temperature for nighttime reading. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 7 Feb. 2023 The new Kindle offers many of the features found on the latest Kindle Paperwhite but lacks waterproofing and adjustable color temperature for its front light. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 7 Feb. 2023 This color-changing light bulb is great for achieving the perfect brightness and color temperature for any time of the day. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Jan. 2023 Named for the pioneering astronomer, this useful gadget has an easy clip-on for your phone or other devices in its center, and a surrounding light ring that can be adjusted (via a remote) to your preferred brightness levels and color temperature. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 3 Dec. 2021 The color temperature range left something to be desired, only ranging from 3,200 Kelvin to 5,500 Kelvin. Good Housekeeping, 8 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of color temperature was in 1916

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“Color temperature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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