Bathroom Lighting Wrong

LesliePJanuary 20, 2011

I recently had my bathroom painted "tan", when I returned home the paint looked very gold. I have clear round glass bulbs in there. I took the paint chip and in the kitchen it looks tan, but in the bathroom its gold. What kind of light bulbs should I try, I'm sure its the lighting changing the color of the paint.

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brickeyee

What kind of lighting is in the kitchen?
Daylight?
Tungsten?
Halogen?
CFL?

The 'color' of the light used can greatly effect the color perception.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 11:20AM
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laurell

I spent weeks looking at color swatches for most of the rooms in our house. I picked a caramel/palomino color. Somehow I missed that it turns pink when exposed to the right kind of artificial light. This is especially evident in my laundry room. I got some bulbs in the coolest spectrum I could find. The room feels pretty sterile (even when it's dirty!) but the pink is gone.

If you're getting gold, I'd try cooling the spectrum down a wee bit.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 9:19PM
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DavidR

I'd try cooling the spectrum down a wee bit.

That is (confusingly), look for a bulb with a *higher* color temperature. I'd try something around 5600K, which is close to daylight. You'll need to get this in a compact fluorescent.

If that's too bluish, try 3600K or 4200K. Be sure the CRI rating is at least 80.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 6:03PM
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