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Hi, first time poster here. We run into a bit of a snag, this is our first year decorating the house. Originally we went with C9 LED diamond cut, 12” spacing for the roof lines.

We then ran incandescent regular Xmas lights that we had a full bin of to vein the tree in the front of the house. But now when you turn it all of them on, the tree has a warm glow to it and the roof lights look white/blue.

 

im guessing it’s time for a lesson in bulbs.

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2 hours ago, 55cgas said:

Warm White, incandescent yellowish color.

Cool White, ugly bluish tint.  

Yup....the old battle that has been around since the beginning of the LED....cool white vs warm white.  Personally, I enjoy the warm white (it is a personal preference), but I think that was started with the fact that I had a lot of icicle lights on the house and wanted all the whites to match.  Now those icicle lights were replaced this year with warm white LEDs to match all the warm white LEDs everywhere else.  However, in the world of RGBs, you really only have cool white.  You can play with some colors and get a pseudo warm white...but it is really just  a light yellow or goldish color.  Since incorporating all the RGBs into the display, I really don't mind the difference.  

You can hardly tell the difference in the photos, but I know in reality they look different.  I would use it to your advantage....it highlights the tree!  I thought maybe the problem was reaching the top dormer  ;)

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Yup....the old battle that has been around since the beginning of the LED....cool white vs warm white.  Personally, I enjoy the warm white (it is a personal preference), but I think that was started with the fact that I had a lot of icicle lights on the house and wanted all the whites to match.  Now those icicle lights were replaced this year with warm white LEDs to match all the warm white LEDs everywhere else.  However, in the world of RGBs, you really only have cool white.  You can play with some colors and get a pseudo warm white...but it is really just  a light yellow or goldish color.  Since incorporating all the RGBs into the display, I really don't mind the difference.  
You can hardly tell the difference in the photos, but I know in reality they look different.  I would use it to your advantage....it highlights the tree!  I thought maybe the problem was reaching the top dormer  default_wink.png

Thanks, I agree it doesn’t stand out as much in the pics. We are thinking of rewrapping the tree with c6, have ten spools leftover from last years tree.

The roof lights are supposed to be warm white, that’s what the label says.

And yeah, the roof is a pita. Might rent a manlift.


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14 hours ago, eninety2 said:


Thanks, I agree it doesn’t stand out as much in the pics. We are thinking of rewrapping the tree with c6, have ten spools leftover from last years tree.

The roof lights are supposed to be warm white, that’s what the label says.

And yeah, the roof is a pita. Might rent a manlift.


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This is the reason I HATE LED's... It was so easy years ago, you just bought light sets and they all looked the same, NOW every manufacturer interprets Warm and Cool much differently, granted, the cost savings and the ware on you're fuse panel may AWESOME but the colors just plain SUCK!! 

I spent hundreds of dollars my first year switching to LED's, I use multicolor, I used a couple different manufacturers and that first year my display looked TERRIBLE. Colors were different, lights flickered, they were very dark looking, I HATED it. The second year I re bought all my lights, this time going with GE Colorite, they didnt flicker but still looked dark to me, so I had to replace all the purple bulbs with warm white  and then I finally got the look I was going for. Now, I'm not even sure if GE still makes Colorite, so if I need new or more light sets, I have no idea what i'm going to do. And for this reason I HATE LED's!!!!

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My display is mostly incandescent because I like their look better than LED including warm white.  But I have found that I can mix in red M6 led lights and they look fine with my incandescent mini lights.

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Personally, I love the look of my warm white led. The key is that you need either all one or all the other though. I somewhat of a rookie compared to shine of these guys but I discovered that several years back. I didn't have many lights at the time so it was easy to just buy all led in the suet Christmas sales and ditch the incans for good. Plus with an inventory of about 9k lights mostly led, minus a few things like a projector and a few blow molds I'm only at about 7 amps! Not sure what that would be with incans but I don't even have to think about what circuit it's on, not even close.

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I agree that "cool" white is too blue for me as well.  "Pure" white is white that I like though, and I've had really good luck with multiple sources of Pure White LEDs looking the same.  I do like warm white as well, and I use both, but to the OP, the Cool whites coloring are all over the map in my experience.  

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I despise the color of white LEDs (even the warm white don't look warm white). The multi-color aren't that bad, but I still prefer incans. My display is 100% incandescent B).

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L.J.   I respect your opinion about the white LED's. When retailers began selling LED's 7-8 years ago, they first caught my attention when residents used them in porch lights. They were harsh, too bright, and not like the soft glow of a nearby incandescent.  However, I have adjusted to them, and appreciate that they use much less energy especially when we use them in our Christmas displays.  I would not be able to use as many in my display if I used incandescents  only.

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You would like them if A. your color scheme was white & blue mostly and B. you house is white trimmed in teal blue . We changed over this year to LED's cool white, I even yanked out incandescent in snowmen etc. because as we all know real ice or snow is a brilliant white almost a blueish white. We may live in FL. now but born & raised in snow/ice country, remember it well.

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I agree with Big J, incans look the best. But since I added CCR's and a few LED deer it doesn't matter anymore to my eyes. People just just watch the CCR tree anyway. But eninety2 I agree. A man-lift is required over 10 feet. lol

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I try to stay with warm white, but on my big trees I'll occasionally get a cool white worked in by mistake. It bugs the heck out of me, but the only thing anyone ever says is, "How did you get those lights that high up in the trees?".  So, I think it's more my problem than anyone who drives by.

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