Please help to decide: Daylight or soft white

maysfOctober 7, 2013

I am going to install LED to every room in the new house. I bought one daylight led and one soft white led from home depot. Daylight seems bright and like the color, but hash on my eyes. But soft white seems yellow and not so bright. In which room soft white is good for? My kids bedroom will be used for doing their home work when they are older. I feel daylight led is better, but hard to see it unless it is dimmed. I think it s better to use daylight led in the kitchen, how about family room, living room and dinning?

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Typical deployment
Soft white in most areas. Daylight where you need to study/ concentrate.

Some people prefer using all daylight, while others will use soft white.

Daylight color temp is ~ 5000k.

Alternatively, you could use a higher color temp (3200 - 3500k) instead of 2700k (typical soft white).

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 8:46PM
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I like 5000 K everywhere except, maybe, in floor and table lamps.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 2:42PM
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I went to Home Depot and saw the bright white, I think it might be 3200 - 3500. I am trying to go more economical route by going for HD ecosmart integrated with trim. I am also thinking about buying trim and CFL bulb, then buy the right color temperature once led bulbs are cheaper. Is Anyone going this route?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 2:19AM
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Standard cfls do not work too well in recessed cans due to heat issues. See the led recessed lighting thread where there is an infra red picture of a cfl in a can.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 2:33PM
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Hi davidtay, Thanks so much again for your help. Decision is made, led integrated in HD is good. Hope they will last for a long time

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 1:41AM
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Hi davidtay,
I could not find the thread about fluorescent light bulb on a screw on halo can. What the issue is? I am still thinking about it since led is so expensive.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 11:19PM
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Heat build up in the can, leading to cfl failure. I experienced a number of such failures myself.

Here is a link that might be useful: Led recessed thread

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 11:24PM
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Got it. Thanks so much. I have a few more questions on the other thread. Could please answer them. Thanks so much in advance.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 2:26AM
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