If you are purchasing our AlumiGlo FlounderPro 2850 (30W COB) or any of the AlumiGlo FlounderPro 8550 lights, you are given the option of choosing a Color Temperature of 3000K or 5000K. Hopefully this article will help you decide which color would best for you.
Which Color Should I Choose?
Color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K), and there are three common ranges of White Lights: Warm Light (2700K-3000K); Cool White (3000K-5000K), and Daylight (5500K-6500K). While most of the older incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs were in the 3200K range and the more modern White LEDs now range between 3200K and 6500K. The higher the number is the whiter the light is until the color eventually starts to turn blue in the 7000K range.
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 bowfishing, but typically, lower color temperatures in the 2700K to 3000K range work best in heavily stained and muddy waters and mid-range color temperatures in the 5000K to 6000K range work best in moderately clear to clear water. 80% of our customers purchase 5000K lights, but if the water in your area is extremely stained or muddy, you may want to consider using a lower color temperature.
Why Lower Color Temperatures Work Better in Dirty Water
Lower color temperatures work better in stained, dirty, 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, high color temperatures do therefore producing less glare in the water. Higher color temperatures appear to be much whiter and brighter when compared side by side to lower temperature colors, but they also produce more glare in stained water. The easiest way to explain why lower color temperatures work better in dirty water is to compare the stained water to shining your bright lights in fog. Turn bright lights on in the fog and they shine right back in your face. However the lower color temperature (more yellow) fog lights do a better job of cutting through the fog with less reflection.
If you primarily fish in heavily stained or dirty waters, a lower color temperature in the 2700K to 3000K 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 but they should provide better overall visibility because there will be less glare from reflection. If you are fishing in moderately stained to clear water, color temperatures in the 5000K to 6000K range would be your best option.