Workshop Lighting 5000K vs 6500K


Old 10-09-07, 04:34 PM
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Question Workshop Lighting 5000K vs 6500K

I'm building a workshop in my basement (24' x 24'). It faces north and has six 4' x 4' windows. I'm installing T-8 fixtures. I will be doing a mixture of woodworking, lawn mower repair and general fixit stuff. I will also have some track lights over the main workbench and probably over key pieces of woodworking equipment.

What color temperature do you recommend for the flourescent lights? I've been looking at 5000K (Bright White/Natural Sunshine) vs 6500K (Daylight Deluxe/Arctic White).

What gives the best overall lighting.

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I don't think you would notice a great deal of difference between the two. I like the daylight tubes.

Stay away from warm white as it has a decidedly pinkish tone.
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Unless you'll be doing a lot of nighttime staining and painting, I don't think perfect color rendition is required in a workshop. I would, however, make sure I mixed some incandescents in with the fluorescents. It will help you more accurately judge rotating machinery.
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truthfully, I am not sure I would even spend the difference to go above 4100k.

I don;t see a real benefit unless you prefer one over the other. it does not seem color rendition is important in what you are considering.
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I am pretty much stay with cool white [4100K ] most paint shop been using this colour format for pretty long time unless few place i know have very serious detail with colour details then jusfiy the extra cost to go with 5500K or higher those colour temp i dont used not very often at all.

but stay away from warm white [3000K] that colour is not excatally good match for genral useage it will kinda muted or dullen some colours

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Thanks for the input. I've installed about half of the fixtures. I used the T8 32 watt 6500K Daylight bulb. The price was very competitive with the 4100 and 5000. It has a different and perceived brighter look. I'll know more once all fixtures are installed.


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