RGB LED Color Mixing!

rgb color mixing guide

Color Mixing Made Easy!

RGB LEDs are fixtures that have individual Red, Green, and Blue LEDs. So, in order to make other colors with an RGB fixture, you have to mix those three up in different ratios. Don’t worry, it is super easy! Just watch our video or reference the guide below. 

The Basics

I think we all have a rudimentary understanding of color mixing from our days in elementary learning our primary colors and what we get when we mix those colors. Everyone knows red + blue=purple, yellow+blue=green and red+yellow=orange. This is the basis for mixing pigment like paints, dyes, or inks. If we look at the colors of light, however, the primary colors are red, blue, and green. When we mix these colors in light, we get three different colors. Red + blue= magenta, blue + green= cyan and green + red= yellow. I know, red and green make yellow?! Wild! The other distinction to note about the difference between pigment and light is when we combine all colors in pigment we get black and when we combine the colors in the light spectrum we get white. Remember our lessons about prisms and that iconic album art for Pink Floyd? Now we’re getting the picture.

Color Guide!

How To Make Colors with LED Lights

  • White: All colors at full brightness
  • Orange: Red at full brightness, green just a little under half way, and no blue
  • Light Blue: Red at around 30 percent of brightness, green up high at 80 percent, and blue at full brightness
  • Magenta: Red and Blue at full brightness.
  • Hot Pink: Red at 90 percent brightness, no green, and blue at 40 percent of brightness
  • Yellow: Red and Green at full brightness.
  • Light Pink: Red at 90 percent of its intensity, green and blue at 50 percent
  • Cyan: Green and Blue at full brightness.
  • Purple: Red and blue are all the way up, with green at 60 percent
  • Pink Purple: Red at full brightness, green at 30, and blue at 90
  • Brown: Too hard, don’t even try, plus why would you want to make a brown? 

What About Amber LEDs?

Are you considering purchasing LEDs with amber? Adding amber to your color mix allows you to create warmer whites. Amber LEDs also enable you to make punchy pastel colors you wouldn’t otherwise be able to make.

Springtree’s Silent Par 1210 is a great, affordable fixture that offers Amber LEDs.

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1 thoughts on “RGB LED Color Mixing!

  1. Led Lights says:

    This article on RGB LED color mixing is relevant to readers who are interested in understanding and utilizing the principles of color blending for audio-visual applications.

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