For the past five years or so our front door has looked like this:
Double wreaths on the French doors, a lighted garland overhead and lots of birds, berries and other natural elements. But the string of lights in the garland gave me fits last year. Actually, it's two strings, and when one quit working, I replaced it only to have part of the other go out. So I knew I had to replace lights before putting it up this year.
Logic said I should just buy two new strings to be sure they matched, and if I was doing that, I might as well go with the LED lights. They're cooler and require less energy and seem more dependable too. Ordinarily, I'd have bought the Warm White lights as they would seem to be most like what I had before but looking at the sample in the store, they just seemed too yellow. I went with the Cool White instead.
It's definitely different. The light is much softer and bluer, a fact I took into consideration reasoning it would look nice against the bluish gray of the house. In fairness, however, there were three knee-high trees with lights in the top photo that aren't on the porch this year. I look at it one time and love the softness of the light, then I look at it again and wish it were brighter so the pretty wreaths would show better. Clearly I'm undecided.
But apparently someone else finds it mucho attractive. When I went out on the porch this evening to take the second photo, a little bird flew out from overhead...a chickadee, if I'm not mistaken, although he wouldn't land so I could be sure. We've had small birds perch on the ledge at the top of the columns on the back porch and spend the night there but never on the front porch. Apparently, the soft blue lights from the garland made it look like the perfect place to curl up for the night. He wasn't at all interested in flying away from the porch, even temporarily, and just circled and circled, chirping all the time. I think he was saying it looks great out here now go back inside so I can go back to sleep...so I did.
The little bird may know his mind but I'm still undecided.