torsdag, november 22, 2012

Fairy lights


A few years ago I bought some fairy lights for my kitchen windows for Christmas. I loved them, so they stayed on continuous duty (the above photo is from January 2010) for approximately 1,5 years. And then they died. The thing with led lights is that you can not change a bulb. When they die, they die. End of story. Surely not good for the environment :-(


Yet I have missed the fairy lights ever since. So when I saw these lovely lights, with "jingle bells" and all, on my recent visit to Finland, I just could not resist them. And as soon as I got them home, up they went.


But to my disappointment these lights are rather cold (as led lights apparently tend to be). Only I had not counted on that, still fondly remembering my previous "warmer" fairy lights. So the question is, what to do with these rather "cold" lights, with "jingle bells" and all...


In the store in Finland the lights were displayed in a blow, looking ever so pretty. Maybe I will have to look into that option. Only I so dearly wanted them to cast their pretty, "warm" light from my kitchen windows...

What´s your experience with led lights...? What would you do...?

23 kommentarer:

Susan sa...

Why don't you try putting a varnish on the outside? It could give them that yellowish cast that varnish sometimes does.

Anonym sa...

Hello Mia,
You could try to cover the lights with a little shade. I have seen cute little lampshades for fairylights which were crocheted! I just can't remember on which blog, but you could probably find it yourself?
Greetings from Holland from Annemieke

Kay sa...

You can buy glass painting pens you could just colour them in. I would use a nice pale pink :-)
Kindest Regards
Kay

Bonnie K sa...

I agree with the comments above. Try to paint them. They are just too beautiful. I fell in love with them, but agree the light is very harsh. Good luck and let us know what you do.

Puschkalina sa...

I love your kitchen curtains♥♥ I have the same problem....
Good luck, I would like to know what to do... Puschi♥

Vintage Sheet Addict sa...

They do look lovely, so Christmassy, try some glass paint, something nice and pearly! :)

ralfefarfars paradis sa...

Så fine de var, har også lurt på om jeg skulle hatt en lyslenke i en krukke;) Absolutt kjedelig at man ikke kan bytte pærer.Utrolig fine julestrømper under-du er bare så flink og kreativ.

Sandy aka Doris the Great sa...

I've never tried led lights; I'm fortunate to have a seemingly never ending supply of fairy lights from our many thrift stores.

Pamela T. sa...

Find a glass vase in a soft amber color put the lights inside top them with white bulbs. Or find an amber or frosted ceiling round light globe push the lights inside set the opening side down, plug them in from behind and decorate around the globe with christmas greenery and maybe pinecones. I also like them in just the bowl.

aimee sa...

I like the ideas that have been listed. I am pretty sure that I've seen warm LED Christmas lights here in the States before... perhaps you could find some on the Internet. I LOVE so many of your decorating ideas:)
Blessings,
Aimee

Geli sa...

Hello Mia! I also don' t like this lamps. Now I only use this lamps for the christmas tree. And for all other things I use candles. Have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda Makes sa...

Try putting just a dot of orange glass paint pen or nail varnish on each light and it magically warms them up! Just a dot....orange ;) xxxx

missdipton sa...

Hi, I have them in my kitchen window all year round but in the windowsill. I display lots of glass cake stands that I have collected and the LEDs really sets them off. X

Thea sa...

Hello Mia
They look so pretty...but I do know what you mean.. I bought some Jubilee lights in the summer they where ultra bright!!
Thea x

nattugglan sa...

ja jag vet inte vad du skulle göra..tror du at målningen skulle hålla färgen..Va roligt att du va på besök i Finland!! Du gör mycket fina saker...

Bob and Deb sa...

I think they are pretty although a bit bright. You have some great suggestions here and can't think of any to add. So give one of them a shot and they should look great!

Frances sa...

Hmmmm, Mia, I agree with you that warm light is a much better addition to a kitchen's ambiance.

Maybe you might find another set of warmer LED lights for your kitchen, and then find another place for the cooler, belled, LED's that will be pretty as Christmas nears....

I would be hesitant to try any crafty painting involving electricity...call me a fraidy cat!

xo

Joyful sa...

Hi Mia, I agree with you. I would put them in a bowl like you saw in Finland and try to find another set of "fairy" (mini) lights which cast a nice warm glow. I love the fairy lights myself and use them at Christmas on my tree and my mantle. Best of luck

Anonym sa...

How about making a small lamp shade of a round piece of white paper aound each little bulb? That will take away the very cold light.
Helle

Pondside sa...

So pretty! I keep fairy lights on the summer house all year-round. They never fail to make me smile.

by Teresa sa...

I know what you mean about warm lights and cold lights. I prefer the warm ones! Our Thanksgiving is over (I posted lots of photos on my blog..) and now I can begin the Christmas decorating! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Anonym sa...

Hi Mia, Cuckoo from Tales from Cuckooland will solve your problem as she did a post about this....Kelli.

J9's Happiness in the Every Day sa...

Hi there, I read on Cherry Menlove's blog recently that if you put a yellow dot on the bulb with a felt tip or glass pen, you can change them from a cold light to a warm one!! Have a go - hope it works! J9 x