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Colour Temperature Tables

Colour Temperature Tables - Here's 2 tables which list the rough colour temperatures of various light sources.

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Sample display of white under the colour temperatures 5000, 6500, and 9300 K

The following tables show rough colour temperatures of several lighting sources. The higher the figure the bluer the light is. 


Colour Temperature (Sunlight)                            Colour Temperature (Artificial Light) 


Clear sky 12000K   Fluorescent light: daylight  6500K
Shade on a clear day  8000K   Fluorescent light: day white 5000k
Cloudy sky 6500K             Fluorescent light: white 4200K
Average noon sunlight 5300K   Fluorescent light: warm white 3500K
Two hours after sunrise 4500K   Fluorescent light: soft white  3000K
One hour after sunrise 3500K   Incandescent light  3000K
Sunrise & sunset  2000K   Candlelight  2000K

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