Color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K), and there are three common ranges: Warm Light (2700K-3000K); Cool White (3000K-5000K), and Daylight (5000K-6500K).
3200K vs. 5000K Color – Which should I Choose?
If you are purchasing a light which uses “White” LEDs you may be given the option of choosing a color temperature (3200K vs 5000K). Colors are measured on the “Kelvin” scale which range in the yellow to blue color spectrum. The most common colors in the white color spectrum are between 2000K and 7000K. The lower the number on the Kelvin scale, the more yellow the light will be and the higher the number the whiter and eventually bluer the color will be.
You can find a lot of different articles and opinions on the internet pertaining to which color temperature is the best color to use for gigging and bow fishing, but unfortunately water conditions change on a nightly basis, so unless you have multiple lights, you may have to pick the color that best fits the water conditions you typically fish in.
Typically, lower color temperatures in the 3200K range (Warm White) work best in heavily stained and muddy waters because the yellowish tint produced by the lights do not reflect off of the mud particles in the water as badly as the whiter colors do, therefore producing less glare in the water. Higher color temperature lights do appear to be much brighter but they will produce more glare in stained water, much like turning your high beam head lights on in the fog . If you primarily fish in heavily stained or dirty waters, a lower color temperature in the 3200K range may work best for you. Just remember, the lights will look much yellower and will not look as bright when compared to the higher color temperature lights.
Color temperatures in the 5000K range (Pure White) is the most common color used for white LED lights and works the best in most water conditions. 5000K is pure white and then starts to turn bluish as you move up the Kelvin scale. If you typically fish is moderately stained to clear waters, 5000K lights will work best for you.
We have made lights using everything from 3000K to 8000K and have found the 5000K color temperature works best in most conditions and is the preferred light by most fisherman. However, we do now offer our FlounderPro 8550-90W and FlounderPro 2850 (30W COB) in 3200K as well, for those of you who fish in more stained waters. This is a special order item, so please call 785-621-2646 to place your order.
If you have questions about Color Temperatures please give us a call at 785-621-2646.