Sunday, 4 November 2012

How to make bright white LED fairy lights soft white.

I have a love of fairy lights. I have a few strings up all year round. They lift the gloom on a grey day and make me feel festive. However, I am really not keen on the clear white bright LED lights. Nor is my Mister. One year I bought new Christmas tree lights. I spent a good while placing them on the tree and then popping on all the decs. With great expectation and excitement I flicked the switch on to see the tree in all it's glory.......and... Oh my eyes! Bright light Bright LIGHTS!!! The Mr and I squealed like gremlins. I stripped the tree back to naked and went on a Soft Fairy Light Mission. If only I'd had my eureka moment back then.


My Eureka moment was nothing short of sheer cleverness in the Hermione Granger fashion. Yes I'm bragging. Yes I'm smug. Yes maybe you are all way ahead of me and have been secretly altering your bright white lights with gay abandon. Well whatever the case here is how I literally just now turned a Way Too Bright White Hurt My Eyes ornamental heart into the Sweet Cosy Soft White Light Heart that you see above.


Here is my magic wand. A glass painter pen that I bought from Hobby Craft. I'm sure any glass pen would work. I found the yellow pen I had bought to be too cold. The orange above was perfect. Only put a blob on the end of the light though as when the lights are off, if you have been over zealous, you will have orange dollops in your decoration. This makeover took me about 48 seconds. It took longer to write this spur of the moment post.

xxx

30 comments:

  1. OMG you have no idea how timely this is!!!!! Got new fairy lights through yesterday for the fireplace and Husband and I say they are too bright white and not like the ones on our dresser (although I ordered the same I am sure).
    SO I need to try this rather than faff about sending them back.
    How does it work though. How di you know to try this? How does a blob on the end affect it?
    Let I know. Off for X Factor larks now.
    Take care beaut

    x x

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  2. Great tip! I despise those bright white lights :)
    Victoria xx

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  3. This is brilliant Cuckoo, I hate the harsh white light of many LED's too. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tip.
    Jacquie x

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  4. You're a savior! Thanks you so much for this information! The holidays will be so much more beautiful now.

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  5. Amazing! And perfect timing honey - thank you. I was umming and aahing what to do with the limited selection I found at the weekend.

    Have a fab week!
    Leah
    xx

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  6. Ah I wish we had known that before our wedding, we spent forever looking for the right fairy lights because we kept having the exact same issue. In fact I still have a few sets around the house which we don't turn on for that very reason. I am off to ignore the things I very much should be doing and buy one of those bad boys.

    Nelly xxx

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  7. great idea,i will try this :) thankyou Cuckoo,XxXx

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  8. Wow what a fabulous idea ;-) I will check that pen out next time im in hobby craft i was only there last weekend to. dee xx

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  9. What a great idea! I'm with you, I think fairy lights should be soft, I think fairies feel the same! :)

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  10. great idea! the softer lights are nicer, more old-fashioned. Heather x

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  11. great tip I hate those bright lights too.
    So let me get this right, all you do is put a tiny dot of orange glass paint on the end of the offending bulb???
    : /

    x

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  12. This is very clever! Hermione would be proud.

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  13. Very clever! I have filed this one away for future reference, thank you :)

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  14. What a brilliant idea and so simple! Thank you for sharing it. K x

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  15. Just found your blog, your photos are gorgeous! Those cakes look amazing. Looking forward to reading more. Blessings Niki x

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  16. I have been toying with the idea of using glass paint on full sized led light bulbs. I am using these to replace the incandescent but nothing has the same cosy look as the coloured incandescent I used to use and like you I HATE bright harsh lights in any circumstances. Lily. xxx

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  17. What a brilliant idea, I hate those bright blue/white lights and it's getting harder to get any other type nowadays.

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  18. I love to use in my house to decorate of your light that is really nice!!
    Led Bulbs

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  19. Genius!! I bought some fairy lights that turned out to be the yucky blue light type ( not such an ebay bargain after all!) and bought one of the pens yesterday - abaracadabara - lovely lights! Thank you xx

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  20. Great idea! Lights hurt my eyes! Normal lights too, so we have such low wattage bulbs. Everyone complains!! ... Except me :) xx

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  21. Thanks for the top tip! Off to buy a pen and dumb-down my bright whites.

    Just a tiny dollop on the end you say? Show us a pic whilst the lights aren't on it will ya? x

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  22. What a great idea - a eureka moment!!! Just found your blog through Shabbychic Sarah! J9 x

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  23. Ah Cuckoo...how wonderful! Just what the doctor ordered! I didn't have a glass pen handy so I used a rather garish orange nail varnish I had in my stash and ...Voila! My daughter and I thank you as our home is bathed in a warm glow and my clients at Amanda Bloom thank you too. xxxx

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  25. I have been thinking that I really MUST get more fairy lights for around the house this Chritsmas. 300 or so is just NOT enough!!!
    ;-)
    Carly
    x

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  27. Amazing ambiance, this is what I call a timely help, look the color that LED light is producing here. Very very beautiful. I'll try this thing in next two days for sure.

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  29. You are a genius! I was thinking dimmer technology from electronic shop etc, and you've nailed it! Thanks for the tip...

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