Change LED Cool Light to Warm Light with Light Filtering Gels
Unless I am doing a wedding that has blue in its color scheme I normally try to steer clear of using LED lights. Even some that advertise as “warm” light instead of “cool” white light, still never seem to get me the romantic soft warm light I’m wanting. Until I discovered a very simple trick that has allowed me to work with the cool LED lights and make them WARM! Simply by using photography gels. I’ve posted the links below where you can get the gel from and tried not to be too technical in explaining how to use them.
There are a lot of places that sell LED light bases or pin lights or spot lights for a great price.. so to get that true warm light, here is the trick that I use.
A gel sheet is kinda like a plasticy colored sheet of paper, once you cut it to fit it inside your light then the light shining through has a warmer filter than can give you the color you want
Here are a few links to several products that you can try.
Here is the amazon link to purchase the gel sheet: Its called Rosco Cinegel Roscosun CTO, 20 x 24 inches Color Correction Lighting Filter This one costs right at $8. Depends on what light size you use to how many cuts you can get out of a sheet.
Here is the manufacturer Rosco light filters link: Rosco Cinegel #3408 Filter – RoscoSun 1/2 CTO – 20×24″ Sheet runs about $7
And this is a pack of different ranges of daylight (warm) filters : Lee Filters Lighting Pack Daylight to Tungsten costs around $25 – If your not for sure this gives you several options to choose from to pick which shade of “warm” you like better.
If you dont have a ring or somthing that you can take off the front of the light and set the gel on and then put the ring back on.. you can use Gaff Tape to attach it. This doesn’t leave residue and I use this stuff all the time!
We will be showing how to do this at the The New Draping Winter Workshop that we just added! Learn hands on teaching how to do drape and lighting!
Pictures courtesy of http://www.diyphotography.net/ikea-hack-warm-led-accent-lighting-using-photography-gels/