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Warm white LED or neutral white: which color should I choose?

Warm white LED lights have a slight yellow hue, making the light they produce warmer in color. It is the closest color match to soft white incandescent lighting, and is the most popular option for all types of indoor lighting. However, at a given wattage, warm white LED light fixtures have a slightly lower lumen output and won’t be quite as bright as an LED fixture with neutral white LEDs, nor as bright as the previous incandescent lighting. But most consumers say they don’t notice the difference.

Neutral white LEDs are most often used against cool color schemes, like kitchens that contain a lot of stainless steel. It is closer to natural light and so is often used on the outsides of buildings. This lighting is also very pretty when used for wintery decorations, and is also common in functional lighting such as car headlights and headlamps for campers. Some say neutral white LED fixtures tend to flatten color contrasts, so they are less desirable when art is showcased.

3 Responses

  1. Rey Barry says:

    Interesting in that in all the years I have been involved with bulbs, I never before heard of “neutral white.” Others refer to warm white, cool white, and bright white, but here one of those is termed “neutral white.” Quite confusing.

  2. Ilona says:

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for your question. You can use one of our diffusers to create a softer glow with the warm white strip. If you have any more questions feel free to email us at or give us a ring at 1.877.564.5051

  3. MARY says:

    is there an even softer yellow tone LED then Warm White?

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