We recently remodeled a downstairs area of the house where we removed a very cruddy bathroom, laundry room and two small offices and replaced them with three rooms - a new bathroom for the kids, a nice laundry room,and a new bedroom for one of the girls (at some point they will want their own rooms).
The net result is that we had a nice hallway that led to these new rooms, although the ceiling was a bit low and had the heating duct running down the middle of the ceiling..Rather than using recessed cans due to the duct, I went with two small sconces.
The kids like to keep this hallway lit at night and I was hesitant to burn two 60 watt bulbs all night down there. i stopped into Ace Hardware a few weekends ago (Dad + Weekend = Hardware Store) and i saw some new LED bulbs on the shelf. They were shaped like candle lights with the smaller socket, and they were only $10 for about 2.5 years of continuous use, at only 1.5w of power consumption - nice!
I picked up one bulb to check it out relative to the incandescent and you can see the results here:
The light closer to the camera is the LED and clearly it is "bluer", or has a higher perceived color temperature, than the incandescent farther down the hall.
One thing i learned from my time at E-Color was that the human eye does its own white balance adjustment - white balance is generally relative to whatever else is "white" in the field of view. Therefore my hypothesis is that the warmth of the incandescent was making the LED bulb even bluer than usual.
That was part of it, but when i went back to Ace Hardware i noticed that although I bought the 6500k LED bulb, which is pretty warm on the color temp scale, they also had a 2500K bulb! I bought two 2500k bulbs and tried them out below:
Now they both look pretty warm. The actual brightness is higher than in the pic.
So now I am consuming 3 watts down there and it looks pretty warm. Costs $20. Interestingly, they don't sell these bulbs at Lowe's, my fav hardware store, only at Ace, so check them out.