When It Comes To Indoor Lighting, Warm Is The New Cool

Living in the 21st century, we should all be up to speed with the new LED warm indoor lights, and now we have they are more popular than ever.

These are the ones that give that warm, old-timey glow and warms the soul – your bones not so much.

As rad as they are, they weren’t scoring high points on the eco-friendly side of energy efficiency or duration. So how do we get that cool, hipster-chic atmosphere?

Enter light-emitting diodes, better known as LED lights, and they now come in the same warm, swirly filament we love in those Edison bulbs. AND…wait for it…they are dimmable!

There’s also a slight chance these lights may have some healthy redeeming qualities to them, as the pseudoscience of Chromotherapy (sometimes called color therapy or chromotherapy) calls out.

In fact, the reddish warm color is linked to the kidneys, backbone, and sense of smell. This color gives more energy and is ideal for people who are often over-tired. Active people can use red light therapy to combat muscle and joint stiffness- so they say.

But what we do know is that LED lights are used for indoor gardens and hydroponic plants so extremely useful and energy-efficient in that sense.

We think it’s worth checking out how Chicago interior designer Michael Del Piero uses warm tones and Edison lights to bring magic to a cold room.

fireplace warms up a room with its light.

The color orange working its magic. Warm, soothing and welcoming.

Turns out blue is cool, too.

Considering all the medical breakthroughs that are done with just light, there may be more to this chromotherapy than meets the eye.

For example, Lighting giant Philips is about to launch BlueControl, an LED light unit that can help patients with mild and moderate cases of psoriasis with no side effects.


Philips is already on it with its consumer brand blue light therapy. You can buy it here.

The device was developed based on findings from research showing that blue LED light treatment slows down the root cause of psoriasis, which is the rapid division of cells. We no longer need to fear going towards the light.

Blue light gets some more love now, as we now know exposure to blue light provides an innovative method to precisely control blood pressure without drugs.

Says U Surrey’s Prof. Christian Heiss. “Wearable blue light sources could make continued exposure to light possible and practical. This would be particularly helpful to those whose blood pressure is not easily controlled by medication, such as older people.”

So back to the warm glow of our faux indoor Edison lights. It seems to be in our DNA to feel relaxed curled up by a warm fireplace reading a good book or catching some Z’s under the glow of a fading sunset.

Now you’ll know how to pick your favorite spot to hang those warm, vintage lights. Warm is truly the new cool.


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