What is the Best Kelvin Temperature for my Bathroom?

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Kelvin is a characteristic of visible light, the warmth or coolness of a light source.

Kelvin Temperature in the Bathroom

I purchased a large vanity mirror and I need face-flattering lights.

Do you ever walk in the bathroom and notice your makeup doesn't look as good as it did when you applied it in the morning? Ever wonder what is causing this? If you guessed “lighting,” you are absolutely correct!

When it comes to finding the correct lighting for your home, it’s not just the wattage or lumens that you need to be concerned with, it’s the kelvin temperature. Kelvin is a characteristic of visible light, the warmth or coolness of a light source.

Understanding kelvin temperatures in lighting is important, not just to find the best light to flatter your skin while getting ready in the morning, but also what is best kelvin to use in other areas all around your home or business.

We tend to look at several mirrors throughout the day and our skin tone will look different under each kelvin or light bulb that is being used. To flatter the skin, you need a warmer kelvin that will enhance your natural skin tone. Look for anything between 2400 and 3000 kelvin.

Originally published Dec. 24, 2014 and updated Dec. 1, 2016.