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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Rated at 806 lumens, the dimmable E26 bulb supports three color temperatures: 2200 Kelvin (warm glow), 2700 Kelvin (warm white), and 4000 Kelvin (cool white). Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ikea’s economical range of smart lights continues expanding," 11 July 2019 And when choosing bulbs, consider their color temperature. Washington Post, "5 ways the right lighting can elevate your home," 6 Sep. 2019 This enables the color temperature of the display to be adjusted on the fly, and automatically. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Apple's MacBook Air is now an even better value at just $1,099," 11 July 2019 One subtlety that will be hard to perceive here, but is very much present: the Lumix S1 manages to capture the color temperature difference between the bluer black of the background screen and the redder black of OnePlus CEO Pete Lau’s hair. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Panasonic Lumix S1 review: the mirrorless heavyweight," 18 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of color temperature

1916, in the meaning defined above

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