What Is a Tungsten Light and How Does It Affect Your Photography?

The term ‘tungsten light’ refers to the most common kind of incandescent lightbulb used to provide artificial light to indoor areas such as your home or office. tungsten lights feature a tungsten filament housed within an inert gas, when a current is passed through the filament, the naturally high resistance of tungsten causes the filament to glow and output an orange light. The color temperature of a tungsten light is around 3200K, failure to address this in your camera’s white balance settings will result in images with a high color temperature, and an overall orange hue.