I also do not like the too bright "cool white" of the LEDs, but found LEDs that are "warm white" and look very close to the old-fashioned mini's. They sayed cool to the touch and used very little electricity.
They looked almost the same as the older ones. But they are labeled "warm white". Very noticeable difference.
I am still hanging onto our C9s and C7s and our candy drops, too pretty to let go.