How to Create Warmer Light
Our lighting guru shares his tips on getting warmer light without replacing the fixture.
 
The LED linear task lights I have are a little on the cool side, color-temperature-wise. Since they have a very long lamp life, what can be done do to warm up the color, instead of replacing the fixtures?
If there is a little room behind the lens, I might suggest using a theatrical gel material, which is really polyester MylarT. Lee Filters and Rosco Filters manufacture this material. It is also available through theatrical supply houses. The challenging part is to choose a color that warms up the light to your particular satisfaction. Some people like their warm light to be in the yellow range, while others prefer something in the peachy range. It also depends on the color temperature of the LEDs you have. They could be 4K, 5K or even 35K and still feel cool in color when compared to incandescent. I have a linear task light in my office that is 5K. I used the #154 Pale Rose by Lee to produce a hue I like. It brings a glow to my cheeks as if I’ve been freshly pinched by Aunt Vivian.
Randall Whitehead lighting designer
Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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