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LED's that look like Incandescent

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I have used Incandescent lights for years.  I need to upgrade because I am pushing my power bill, pushing my electrical system and can just plain do more with LED's.  My wife doesn't like the totally different look of the LED's but everything that I am reading says that they make them that are very close to the look of Incandescents now.  I know that I need to look for LED's that have a color temp of 2700 to 3000 K.  But I cannot seem to find them anywhere.  Does anyone know a place where these can be purchased?

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vkjohnson    4

Some of the full-wave vendors used to offer a color called "warm candle white."  Creative Displays may have been one of them.  I don't think they offer it anymore though.

I never used them myself, but they were advertised as a bit warmer than standard "warm white."  IMO, warm white seams just a touch too cool, but not by much ...it probably has more to do with the intensity and brightness of the LED than anything.  I find mixing warm white and incans outside still works alright, but I put warm white inside on a tree and the effect indoors was much to bright and cooler in color than the incan appearance.

2017 vendor links... http://www.highcountrylights.com/christmas-resources/pre-sale-info.html

 

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Thx,  I am a color light guy.  Everything I have read, they make color that look like Incand.  They just need to be between 2700 & 3000 K.  I just cannot find them anywhere and that is what I am looking for.

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Stephen Blue    12

The WalMart 100ct red/green/blue mini-LED's have a very incan feel to them. The blue's are much more vibrant than an incan blue, but it still looks great. They have a smooth finish to the bulbs, vs a faceted finish you find on most M5 LED's. One thing you might want to look for are "T5" bulb LED's. They typically have that smooth incan-like bulb finish, but unfortunately, finding them in individual colors is difficult.

If you're looking for C9's by chance, HLE's ceramic style C9 retros are the most incan-like C9's I've seen. They're fantastic. 

I've also found that getting C6 LED's help "dim" the LED's down a bit when mixing with incans. 

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JeffCarter    134

LED's are not there yet. Vendors claim they look just like incandescent but they don't. I have hope because I found a C7 LED in Home Depot that is marketed as a night light that perfectly matches the traditional C7 ceramic white lamp. These LED lamps also have a glass envelope and not a plastic one. Now if they would just ceramic color the glass envelope - not paint but fuse the color with the glass like GE used to do in the late fifties thru the late seventies - they would have a winner. I even did an experiment and sent it to the LED manufacturer. They don't seem interested but someone who actually wants to revolutionize LED Christmas lighting will.

Go several more season with incandescents and then a true incandescent looking LED will be on the market.

Here's my experiment....

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vette-kid    6

I mixed a set of incandescent in with two led strings on my roofline this year and most could not tell. If you were looking close you could notice a slight difference. But you really had to look for it. These were Walmart brand for both. Warm white.

See if you can tell which is led...


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