Warm White & Cool White LED Christmas Lights

Now that you have decided to invest in LED Christmas lights, it is time to consider the type of ambiance you want to create with your Christmas display.

LED Christmas lights are structured differently than incandescent Christmas lights, which can lead to confusion if you purchase “white” LED lights without doing any research. LED bulbs are offered in warm tones to match the yellow glow that incandescent bulbs give off, however; LED bulbs are also offered in cooler colors with blue or white light.

Let’s discuss the differences between the different whites that are offered and how to choose the correct tone even if it is not clearly labeled.

Warm White

Most white incandescent Christmas bulbs are considered a soft white, which creates a gently glow instead of a harsh beam. If you are seeking to replace white incandescent bulbs to create a cozy display with a yellowish glow, this is the option that you are seeking. In LED Christmas bulbs this color will sometimes be referred to as: Ultra Warm White, Classic White, Antique White, and Off-White.

Pure White

These Christmas bulbs create a crisp look of a pure white that is perfect for bright displays or to achieve an icy look. Many people find this color variation is too harsh and greatly prefer the classic warm white tones, but that comes down to your personal preference. This version of white is mostly closely compared to daylight or fluorescents, but are becoming more popular as more households incorporate them into their Christmas designs.

Cool White

Cool LED Christmas lights usually carry a slight blue glow to them, most closely mimicking the glow of the moon on cloudy evenings. Many people refer to pure white bulbs as cool white, but that is not the case.

What if they aren’t Labeled?

Most high quality vendors will ensure that their products are clearly labeled to meet your needs, however; we want to ensure that you have all the information about LED Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights measure their color temperatures with the Kelvin (K) scale. High color temperatures of over 5,000 K are considered a cool color output with low color temperatures of under 3,200 K are warmer.


To give you an idea of Kelvin temperatures in your daily life:

A candle flame typically is 1,850K

Traditional Incandescent lights have are from 2,700K to 3,300K

Moonlight shines at 4,100K

On an overcast day, the light would be around 6,500K


Being informed about the different types of bulbs that are offered for LED Christmas lights will save you the hassle of having to purchase them twice. Choosing a reputable vendor is also imperative, as there is great variation between the bulb tones based on where the bulbs were manufactured, and who is selling them.

A decent LED Christmas light merchant will be able to help you when you decide to make the switch for an impressive, low cost Christmas display!