How to Choose - RGB vs RGBW vs RGBWW vs RGBIC vs RGBCCT


RGB lights are an economical and beautiful way to light up our houses. But it seems that every month a new type of RGB appears. what used to be a simple choice between a few types of LED lights has now become an endless list.

If you're like me and have been researching RGB lights lately, you've probably come across RGBW, RGBWW, RGBCW, RGBIC, RGBCCT...

Looks cool, right? What's the difference between these RGB lights? We'll go over the differences.


What is RGB?

RGB is the process of rendering colors using red, green, and blue. RGB is in the range of 0-255 for red, green, and blue, respectively. this means that RGB color mixing can create 16,777,216 colors (255*255*255).

What is RGBW?

RGBW (RGB+White) LED strips use red, green, blue and white quadruple LED chips. RGBW lights add additional white chips to the color mix. RGBW lights have the same features as RGB lights, such as custom colors, cuttable, remote control, etc.


RGBWW (RGB + White + Warm White) LED lights use a 5-in-1 LED chip with red, green, blue, white and warm white for color mixing. the only difference between RGBW and RGBWW is the intensity of the white color. RGB lights with extra warm white create a softer yellow-white color. Ideal for decorating comfortable spaces such as bedrooms.

RGBCW(RGB + White + Cool White) LED lights use a 5-in-1 LED chip with red, green, blue, white and cool white for color mixing.

What is RGBIC?

RGBIC (RGB+ built-in Independent Chip) light is a higher level of RGB light. It has the same color options with over 16 million colors. RGBIC LED light has a built-in separate chip for a rainbow of lighting effects. RGBIC LED light is a practical home decoration. It can display various colors at the same time. However, it is more expensive than RGB and RGBW lights.

What is RGBCCT?

RGBCCT consists of RGB and CCT. CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) means that the color temperature of the strip can be adjusted to vary between warm white and white light. It can be considered an upgrade from RGBW because it does not have a fixed color temperature like warm white or cool white, and the color temperature adjustment allows switching between these two temperatures to get the desired result.

A Table Showing the Difference








Red, Green, Blue

Red, Green, Blue, White

Red, Green, Blue, White, Warm White(Cold White)

Red, Green, Blue, White, Warm White

Red, Green, Blue, White, Warm White


3 in 1

4 in 1

5 in 1

5 in 1 + built-in IC

5 in 1 + CCT Chip

Color Changing




















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How do I choose between RGB, RGBW and RGB-CCT?

RGB is the most commonly used LED lamp, but the advent of RGBW and RGB-CCT offers more options to better fit your lighting needs. When choosing an LED for your application, keep the following points in mind.

Budget: RGB is the least expensive of the RGB, RGBW, and RGB-CCT trio. In addition, RGB allows for a full range of color combination capabilities. Therefore, if you are on a budget, RGB is the best choice.

White: RGBW is perfect if you want any of the following: white, warm white, cool white, as well as red, green, and blue. To do this, remember to buy RGBW for white, RGBWW for warm white, and RGBCW for cool white, which is priced somewhere between RGB and RGBCCT.

Adjustable: If you're not sure which white to use, you can choose the RGB-CCT LED light. It features an adjustable white color scheme as well as red, green and blue. Available in 16 million RGB color variations and three RGBW options; RGBW, RGBWW and RGBCW in one LED. It may cost more, but will provide the most comprehensive range of color theme options.


Each of them has its own merits, and you need to choose with your personal needs. It's not that RGB has fewer functions or is necessarily worse than RGBIC, it can also add a lot of ambient colors to your environment.

Onforu Floodlight RGB

Onforu's RGB lighting series can help you achieve a better color atmosphere. You can use the remote control to switch colors at will, and you can also use the mobile app to control and switch the light color you want at any time. Choose the right RGB lighting fixtures to dress up your space, fast and free shipping, enjoy the 2-year warranty.

FAQs of RGB Light

Why are RGB lights so popular?

  1. High safety. RGB lights emit light sources that do not contain harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays, which will not affect your health and eyesight.
  2. Low cost. RGB lighting equipment is becoming more and more accessible, and it is already very cheap. And RGB lights also consume significantly less energy than traditional light bulbs. This means that you can turn your space into a creative, comfortable, and colorful space for a small amount of money.
  3. Easy to use. Onforu's RGB lights plug directly into the electricity can be used. All you need to do is determine where to install or place them. No setup is required, and you can create a colorful lighting environment with the push of a button.
  4. Combine a variety of colors. Onforu's RGB lights are available in 16 million colors. You can customize your favorite colors at will to apply to different spaces and create a different mood atmosphere.
  5. Perfect for setting the mood. The RGB lights' pink, red, blue, and green lighting can better help you relax. Cool white lighting may not be suitable for experiencing after a tiring day at work. RGB lights can also fill your space with yellow, orange, and purple, so you can find the color that can relax you.

How does RGB light work?

The RGB LED controller varies the power of each of the three channels (red, green and blue) to create a specific colour mix. For example, to create violet, the red and blue channels would be wound, while the green channel would be completely off. Mixing blue and red light will give you the violet you are looking for.

Are RGB lights bad for eyes?

No, RGB lights will not directly harm your eyes, but if your eyes look at the light emitted by LEDs for long periods of time you may increase your chances of developing cataracts and other age-related eye diseases. Try to avoid looking at the lights for long periods of time.

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  • Shawn Hunt

    Onforuleds is the best information I’ve seen . Clear , shows comparison items to consider …, and covers even more with the great video’s !
    Thank you !

  • LindaK

    Answered my doubts for a long time, thank you!

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