How to Make LED Lights Look Warmer- (3 Methods to Try)

Warm or cool!!!!!

There are no golden rules when it comes to picking bulb colors.

………….the choice is simple- Your personal preference (& of course use). 

Let me take a wild guess, you have installed a cool LED shade bulb but now thinking of converting it into some vibrant color for more warmth.

Am I right?

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Although it is not a bad idea, Warmer LED lights are an energy saver compared to cool LED lights. 

And, they are best for eyes as they spread out the lighting in your house and office (& sufficient lighting at the cheapest cost).

So, How to Make LED Lights Look Warmer?

For a cost-efficient fix, the heat-resistant sheet of gels could be a great option. The method is simple- remove your light covers, trace the lens onto the gels (preferably red or orange color) to fit, and put the lighting covers and lenses back on. 

Still, confused?

Ok, let’s deep dive into a detailed guide on how to make warm white on led strip lights effortlessly.

But Wait……Why Is Warmer LED Light Necessary?

Before dealing with LED lights’ color temperature, you should have an idea how the all cool temperature stuff works. 

Why?

Coz…….the answer will lead you to the best solution.

A wide range of color temperatures is available in white LED, and degree kelvin is its unit. Furthermore, the range of this spectrum is 1000 – 10,000K.

Now here is the thing:

Lights of low Kelvin rating to 3,500K are considered as a warm color, and wavelengths are red. On the other hand, colors of more than 5000K kelvin ratings are called cool colors, and these colors’ wavelength is rated as blue.

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Wondering why am I telling all these suddenly?

Well, the circadian rhythm of our body gets affected by the temperature of a different color.

Let me tell you an interesting fact………..

We (humans) feel less sleepy when exposed to the color of blue wavelengths as it minimizes the production of melatonin in the body. Also, it’s quite difficult to relax if you are exposed to high blue lights. At the spectrum’s acute end, blue light can contribute to a lack of sleep.

So, it is pretty clear that blue light is not suitable for all environments (And you don’t wanna throw yourself in the painful sleep deprivation phase, right?)

The good news is that…….

Warm light is vice versa for blue light. But, at the same time, yellow light has a sophisticated effect on the surrounding nature, reducing concentration, which may lead to fatigue in the end.

So, How to Make LED Lights Look Warmer?

First & foremost………before making the changes in LED lights, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this change temporary or permanent?
  • What if I want them both and use them alternatively?
  • What is the climate of my living area?

Cool lights help to improve your productivity during the day, while warm light is ideal for areas where the environment is cozy such as sitting rooms, bedrooms, etc.

The truth is, color temperature is a critical fact. Here are several methods that may help you to make LED lights look more vibrant.

Method 01: Colored Lighting Gels (Most used & my favorite)

A method that is pretty straightforward & can be done effortlessly!

You may also see the effect here & there (though maybe don’t notice).

Can’t remember?

Colored lighting gels are widely used in theatre to make different lighting conditions. It’s actually kinda transparent and thin sheet of material that we’re gonna put in front of the LED lens.

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If you are planning to make your LED lights warmer, I will say red or orange gels would be the best solution to use in this case.

Here is why:

Orange gels are efficient in neutralizing cool LEDs to transform the light to warmer completely.

And the coolest part?

You don’t need any tape or glue to accomplish this DIY project. These gels are available on a large sheet, and you need to cut them into size according to your need. 

And most importantly……

You can control the warm level by using 2 or 3 pieces of sheets. Using colored lighting gels is one of the cheapest ways to make LED lights look warmer & there’re plenty of warm light gels options available online.

So, let’s begin the test.

Get a LED bulb of 6000K color temperature. The produced light of this bulb is similar to daylight and utmost cool.

Now, we will use 4 sheets of color temperature orange to create different levels of transparency.

  • 1/8 color temperature orange
  • ¼ color temperature orange
  • ½ color temperature orange
  • Full (1) color temperature orange

The transparency level is different for each number. For example, the most transparent level (92%) is at 1/8, and the minimum transparent level (47%) is at 1.

In simple words, in full-color temperature orange, the LED light will produce the warmer color, and in 1/8 CTO, the light will be slightly warmer than the original light.

While doing this test, try to choose an LED light of extremely cool white light to achieve the best outcome. 

Try it….trust me it’s fun.

Method 02: Get a New LED Bulb of Less than 3,000K (& the easiest way)

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If you are in a rush and don’t have much time to handle the above methods, go to your nearest shop and grab a new LED bulb for less than 3,000K.

Thus, you will have a relaxing-toned light.

Method 03: Buy LED Bulb that Changes Color Temperature (The coolest option)

Yesssss…You heard that right.

There are actually LED bulbs providing cool light in the day so that your productivity increases and produces warmer lights at night.

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Is it really possible?

Hi dude, we’re living in 21 century (thankfully)!!!

With the help of technology, manufacturers can make LED bulbs that change the color temperature as per the light condition.

And the best part?

Controlling the hue of these LED bulbs is so effortless. In addition, some bulbs are controlled using a smartphone app, which means minimal effort is necessary. These LED bulbs revolutionized the bulb industry, making it easier to control the light, especially for disabled people.

Bonus Hacks: LED Bulb Painting (The old-fashioned yet cheapest option?)

Sounds quirky?

……But I love this trick the most!!!

Can you imagine that coloring the outside LED lights can look warmer? Now, one question might have popped up in your mind, which color to use?

Again……

The best result will be accomplished if you use orange or yellow paint.

Can’t blame me…You asked for a warmer shade.

But actually, these colors can convert any cool LED bulb to warmer LED light effortlessly. And To accomplish this DIY project, all you need is some simple tools which most probably already in your gearbox.

But first warning…….

Make sure to follow each applying procedure mentioned by the manufacturers because these paints actually come with flammable content.

Although LED lights don’t generate much heat, uncertainty may occur if you cover heat dissipating devices of LED lights. And if you use opaque color, the overall brightness of the LED bulb will reduce.

But here is the unsexy part of this diy ways to color light……

The paint will reduce the lifespan of LED bulbs diodes.        

Last Words

See didn’t I tell you minimal effort is required to achieve the best result?

The methods are easy to follow, and the expected result is confirmed. And I’m curious how do you make white light warm?

I’d love to know your tricks…….

Chao for Today!!!!!!

About Annabelle B. Malcolm

Howdy, readers. This is Annabelle B. Malcolm and I’m a content curator. Don’t tell anyone but I low-key take pride in having a treasure of random knowledge. I co-manage this website with my husband Jamie who is a lighting technician by profession. The idea for this website stemmed out of boredom. Out of nowhere really, Jamie came up with the idea of having a website and since he is an authority on lighting fixtures, we decided to play to our strengths.

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