© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Yb3+, Er3+ and Tm3+ triply doped zinc-tellurite glass have been prepared containing up to 3.23 wt% of rare-earth ion oxides, were characterized by absorption spectroscopy, excitation, emission and up-conversion spectra. Transparent and homogeneous glasses have been produced, managing the red, green and blue emission bands, in order to generate white light considering the human eye perception. The energy transfer (resonant or non-resonant) between those rare-earth ions provides a color balancing mechanism that maintains the operating point in the white region, generating warm white light, cool white light and artificial daylight through the increase of the 976/980 nm diode laser excitation power from 4 to 470 mW. A light source at 4000 K is obtained under the excitation at 980 nm with 15 mW, providing a white light environment that is comfortable to the human eye vision. The spectroscopic study presented in this work describes the white light generation by the triply-doped zinc-tellurite glass, ranging from blue, green and red, by controlling the laser excitation power and wavelength at 976/980 nm. Such white tuning provokes healthy effects on human health throughout the day, especially the circadian system.