Our white LED tape is our best selling and most popular product. That’s why we carry a wide selection of white LED tape varieties at InStyle LED.
What’s the difference between Warm, Pure, Daylight and Cool White?
You might think that choosing the shade of your white LED tape is no choice at all. After all, there’s only one option…white.
Well, it’s not quite that simple. In fact, shades of white are measured on the Kelvin scale. InStyle LED stock a range of different Kelvin values – all the way from Warm White (2700K) to Cool White (6500K-plus). In general, your ideal choice will be one of our four primary shades:
- Warm White (also known as ‘soft white’) – Being described as warm does not mean that it is warm to touch. ‘Warm’ actually describes the shade of white the LED lights up. Warm White tends to be slightly yellow/brown in colour, just like standard halogen light bulbs. Warm White is often used to give rooms a cosy, homely feel. The technical specification of Warm White is anything from 2700K – 3200K (lower values are warmer).
- Daylight White – Around 4000K on the Kelvin scale, this is the closest resemblance to daylight, without no yellow (warm) or blue (cool) tint to it.
- Pure White (also known as ‘commercial white’ or ‘bright white’) – This is used in commercial applications and also for highlighting. Generally brighter than Daylight White, Pure White is in the range 5000K – 6500K (lower values are warmer) on the Kelvin scale.
- Cool White – This white is used comparatively rarely, as it’s sometimes considered too ‘cool’ (blue tint) for commercial and general use. It is the brightest white, though, and can be used very effectively to highlight areas. A very strong white (the blue tint is extremely faint), it creates a cool, crisp feel. On the Kelvin scale, Cool White is 6500K or higher.
What does the Kelvin scale mean?
The Kelvin scale is used to measure the colour temperature of shades of white light. The lower the light’s Kelvin value, the warmer the light will be; and the higher the Kelvin value, the cooler the light. (By ‘cool’, we mean that the light will have a more blueish tint.)
At InStyle LED, we carry a wide variety of shades of whites in stock for next-day delivery. And if you need a specific non-standard shade, then we can manufacture it for you.
Our white-light comparison tool illustrates the difference between our range of off-the-shelf white shades (Kelvin-scale values). Why not give it a try to see which colour will be most suitable for your home, business or other location?
Should I choose Warm White or Pure White?
The decision is yours!
Warm White LED strip lights are the most popular choice, as they gives a warm homely feeling, matching the tones of halogen lighting found in most homes. But if you’re lighting a shop, hotel or restaurant then you may prefer to use Cool White LED strip lights to create a crisp modern atmosphere.
Light from a Pure White LED tape tends to appear slightly brighter than the equivalent Warm White light. But your choice should be about colour, not brightness. We offer a selection of different wattages and brightness across our LED strip light range, so once you’ve chosen the shade that’s right for your project, you’ll be able to buy it in the brightness you need.
See our video on the right for a closer look at some examples.
Are all of your White LED strip lights dimmable?
Yes they are – just like our single-colour LED strip light range. For more information, see our guide to dimming your LED tape.