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)

Examples of color temperature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests can set the perfect mood by adjusting the color temperature from warm to cool, as well as the vibrancy and saturation of their lights. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Waterton Lakes, in Alberta, has installed new LED streetlights featuring a custom LED color temperature to assist in efforts against light pollution. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 17 Aug. 2021 Next, adjust the color temperature until skin tones and colors look natural. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2021 How to do it: The first step is to equip your home with light bulbs that can adjust from warm to cool (color temperature, measured in Kelvin, is the technical term). Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2021 The color temperature of light, from invitingly warm to daylight crisp, is expressed in Kelvin. The New Yorker, 30 June 2021 With three color temperature modes and three brightness levels, the Glocusent reading light is adjustable to your surroundings in a way overhead lights and mini flashlights are not. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 The physicians warned that outdoor lighting should not exceed three thousand kelvins, far below the color temperature to which many NYCHA residents are subjected. The New Yorker, 30 June 2021 With color-changing LEDs, the color temperature can automatically warm as the light dims. Lighting Magazine Editors, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of color temperature

1916, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2021

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“Color temperature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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