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Color temperature

000 K or more) are called cool colors (blueish white). The color temperature of a light source is the temperature of an ideal black-body radiator that radiates light of comparable colour to that light source. . kelvin (K). The temperature is conventionally stated in units of absolute temperature.Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light that has important applications in lighting. publishing.700–3. photography.000 K) are called warm colors (yellowish white through red). Higher color temperatures (5. videography. Color temperature is related to Planck's law and to Wien's displacement law. and other fields. astrophysics. manufacturing. lower color temperatures (2.

so its color temperature is essentially the temperature of the filament. the color temperature of the thermal radiation from an ideal black body radiator is defined as equal to its surface temperature in kelvins.Because it is the standard against which other light sources are compared. the color temperature of the light is not the actual temperature of the surface. or alternatively in mired (micro-reciprocal degrees Kelvin). To the extent that a hot surface emits thermal radiation but is not an ideal black-body radiator. . An incandescent light bulb's light is thermal radiation and the bulb is very close to an ideal black-body radiator.

overcast CRT screen . Moonlight.700–3. xenon arc lamp 4. The correlated color temperature (Tcp) is the temperature of the Planckian radiator whose perceived color most closely resembles that of a given stimulus at the same brightness and under specified viewing conditions Temperature Source 1.850 K 2. These sources are assigned what is known as a correlated color temperature (CCT).Many other light sources.500 K 9. emit light primarily by processes other than thermal radiation. photofloods. This means the emitted radiation does not follow the form of a black body spectrum.100 K 5.000 K 5.500–6.700 K 1. etc. electronic flash Daylight.300 K Horizon daylight Typical daylight. such as fluorescent lamps.400 K Match flame Candle flame Incandescent light bulb Studio "CP" light Studio lamps. CCT is the color temperature of a black body radiator which to human color perception most closely matches the light from the lamp.350 K 3.300 K 3.000 K 6.


35161 0.37208 0.34842 0.34531 4874 5003 5503 6350 Direct sunlight at noon Horizon Light.37417 0.44757 0.34567 0.31271 0.34743 0.33242 0.33727 0.37281 0.31616 6430 6504 6774 Daylight Fluorescent Noon Daylight Average / North sky Daylight .40745 CCT (K) 2856 Colour Light source Incandescent / Tungsten F4 F3 F9 F2 0. Mid-morning / Midafternoon Daylight Daylight Fluorescent F1 D65 C 0.3943 0.Name of illuminant A CIE 1931 2° x2 y2 0.31379 0.3131 0.37529 2940 3450 4150 4230 Warm White Fluorescent White Fluorescent Cool White Deluxe Fluorescent Cool White Fluorescent B D50 D55 F5 0.40329 0.31006 0.3585 0.32902 0.4091 0.44018 0.