What fluorescent light is right for my mood?

Finding the right colour temperature or warmness/coolness of your light globe is pivotal to setting the right mood. Different coatings on the inside of the bulb (within the glass cylinder) change the colour temperature. The main colour temperatures used in the lighting market are:

  • warm white = under 3300 k

  • cool white =  4000 k

  • daylight= over 5000 k

However there are many variations of these colour temperatures available.

Compact Fluorescent Lighting Colour Temperatures

Globe colour temperature

Kelvin (K)




Candle: Yellow tones


Romantic, calming and flattering to the complexion

Dining, loungeroom, bar

Intimate dinner guests or winding down for the night after a big work day

Soft white: variation of warm white with more red in it


Productive yet relaxed

Lounge, dining

Flicking through your favourite cookbooks

Bug light: yellow/orange light to attract less insects. Use a brighter light nearby to attract the little critters away from you!




Veranda BBQ area or patio

Warm white: red and orange hue- similar to incandescent lighting.


Reading, relaxing

Bedrooms, living areas. Some grocery stores use these in bakery or meat section to make things look better!

Acquaintance dinner guests- wine and cheese night

Cool white: green tones. Most popular.


Bright and energetic

Kitchen, study, halls, closets, garages and tool sheds, sewing rooms, bathroom, around your mirror

Working to a deadline for school or work, locating small objects in storage areas, putting on makeup

Moonlight: various colours that resemble the moon


Psychedelic, eerie with a bit of funk on the side

Outdoors and indoors, anywhere where lighting will be a feature - you can even float hem in your pool!

Cocktail parties and pool parties

Triten - a stronger version of cool white



Reading and home tasks

Getting crafty in your track pants and flannel

Neon: various out-there colours

Attention seeker

Signage for windows and glass doors

Shop front or for your 1989's retro party

Full spectrum


Closest to natural daylight


Spending time in your art studio or sewing room

Daylight: blue tint that mimics light from the blue sky


Cold, fresh and motivated

Office, shops and workshops

It's just great to be alive and active

Have you seen these other FAQ?

•  How many staff members does it take to change a light globe?

•  Can we perform our own •  Does Globe Jockeys supply light globes only?

•  How does Globe Jockeys dispose of the old lamps?

•  If there is an electrical problem, can Globe Jockeys do the repair?

•  Can Globe Jockeys repair and replace lights at high levels?

•  Do you need an electrician to change a light globe?

•  Whats the difference between fluorescent, incandescent, halogen and HID globes?

•  What are the different shapes of fluorescent light globes and their uses?

•  Can you use a dimmer with fluorescent globes?

•  What does kelvin mean?

•  Are fluorescent light globes better for the environment or incandescent globes?

•  Is the mercury in fluorescent globes bad for the environment and my family?

•  How should I clean up broken or spent fluorescent lamps?

•  Are fluorescent globes more expensive?

•  What part of fluorescent globes are actually recycled?

•  How are fluorescent globes recycled?

•  What types of globes can be recycled?

•  What should I do with spent fluorescent globes?

•  What is the Australian Government doing about recycling fluorescent globes?

•  What is the cause of flickering light?

blinking light globe with legs
1800 A GLOBE
1800 245 623
we'll fix your blinking lights
►  Testimonials"Globe Jockeys have helped us cut out maintenance costs, we were having to hire electricians to do this work at a very high cost.  Globe Jockeys are fast efficient and their trades people are extremely helpful and pleasant.  Give them a go youll be amazed how much you will save."
►  Photo GalleryLuna Park
Luna Park
►  PartnersRecommended quality lighting suppliers:
►  FAQ Are fluorescent globes more expensive?
Contact Globe Jockeys►  Contact Globe Jockeys
Pioneer Websites
globe jockeys logo  Replace blinking lights & fix fluorescent light problems