Edison Bulb: Energy Efficient Light Source For Your Living Space

The Edison bulb is named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. However, Edison didn’t invent the light bulb. In 1878, Edison filed a patent for the first incandescent lamp. For the record, electric light was invented in 1800 by English scientist Humphry Davy.

Edison Bulb

Edison refined light bulb technology. He was the one who made bulbs long-lasting. Inspired by the progress and ideas of his peers and predecessors, Edison light bulbs were created. Today, the vintage bulbs are popular in rustic and traditional home settings. The antique-looking bulbs are mass produced and easy to find.  

One feature of the Edison light bulb is that you can look  at it without hurting your eyes. This means the bulbs can be used bare, without shades or anything else that dims their light. 

Edison Light Bulbs

Edison bulbs are manufactured today just like other bulbs. Although the bulbs aren’t old, they look like they are, which explains why people find them to be appealing. 

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Edison light bulbs are often used for lamps and to provide accent lighting. Although large chandeliers are rarely with combination this type of bulb, they remain a viable option. However, a singular bulb stands out in a more dramatic fashion.

Vintage Bulbs

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As technology progresses, we apply the new discoveries to old designs and concepts. This means the LED Edison bulb is something to take into consideration if you want something different and special for your light fixtures.

Decorative Bulbs

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The best way to showcase a beautiful Edison bulb is with a transparent lampshade or without covering it in any way. Because these bulbs are so beautiful and interesting, they can make lovely accent pieces and become part of decorations such as this one.

Antique Light Bulbs

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Ebb & Flow offers antique bulbs with elegant designs for light fixtures that use Edison bulbs. The unique styles showcase the beauty of the light bulbs without hiding them behind matte shades or dark colors. Transparency is an important detail of their style.

Specialty Bulbs

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Bomma designed a collection of pendant light fixtures called Tim. The series consists of three of shades bulbs shaped like droplets, that produce a warm glow, each featuring a different size.

Energy Efficient LED Bulbs

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The Oda lamp is the creation of designer Sebastian Herkner. Its design is very interesting, being composed of a base made of thin powder-coated tubes that supports a large hand-blown glass shade.

The shade is available in a variety of colors such as amber, smokey gray, opal white, or black. A single Edison bulb lights up, resembling a candle.

Warm Glow

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Table lamps and Edison bulbs go hand in hand. These bulbs are very appreciated in the bedroom, thanks to their soft and warm glow and the ability to create a pleasant ambiance.

Because they’re not as powerful and bright as other bulbs, you can look at them without feeling any discomfort.

Unique Fixtures

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Featuring a playful and graphical design, these Dzoings can be displayed in four different ways and in a variety of different decors and settings. They’re lovely decorative fixtures for the children’s room but they can also look sculptural and beautiful in a modern living room or a bedroom. 

Incandescent Bulbs

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This elegant pendant lamp beautifully portrays the elegant and refined beauty of the Edison bulb. It’s created by Luxi, a studio that focuses on artistic designs, all meticulously handcrafted of spot welded steel. Their pendant lights come in a variety of custom finishes and can be paired with more than 50 cord colors.

Globe Bulbs

A popular light bulb design is the globe bulb. Just like their name sounds, the light fixture resembles a globe. 

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They are assorted with three types of hardware including polished stainless steel, copper and matte black.

Light Color

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Shaped like a droplet of water, this wall sconce is molded around the vintage bulb. The warm glow reflects into the glass shade, offering a yellowish glow. This chic indoor sconce makes hallways, bathrooms, or bedrooms feel cozy.

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Each of these pendants is unique, being hand blown. They all work with Edison bulbs. The bulbs and the shades compliment each other and highlight each other’s uniqueness and beauty.

New Releases

Edison light bulbs have been around for a long time, but their designs never stop evolving. Let’s take a look at a few new releases that showcase the latest light bulb design styles.

Chandelier Bulbs

Chandelier lights come in different shapes and sizes. Here we’ll look at the different types of Edison bulbs and their various sizes.

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Designed to look like a vintage lantern, the Montrose pendant has a frame made of weathered brass and clear glass panels that cage a single Edison light bulb. It can be used in both indoor and outdoor settings, adding a stylish vintage touch to your decor.

Bulb Shape

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Named Torch, this elegant chandelier has a design with strong industrial and vintage influences and it combines them in a one-of-a-kind look. Long light bulbs emerge from intersecting rings and give the chandelier a sculptural look.

The distressed finish and solid brass arms are the perfect combinations of vintage and industrial.

Pendant Light Fixtures

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Is it a tree branch or a chandelier? Actually, it’s both. The Branch is a light fixture designed to mimic the organic beauty or the element which gave it its name. Available in vintage brass, natural brass, polished nickel and polished copper, the classical and sculptural design can be customized in various ways.

Specialty Bulbs

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Stella is a chandelier designed to honor beautiful mid-century Italian light fixtures. Its design is both vintage and modern with a hint of classical beauty. It features a series of cast brass cones in two different colors: gold and black, each letting a vintage light bulb peak through.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Do Edison Incandescent Bulbs Burn Out Faster?

Edison incandescent light bulbs are designed with loose tungsten filaments for a vintage effect. However, the light bulbs have drawbacks. The bulbs burn out fast, they’re fragile, and they use more electricity than regular light bulbs.

Do Edison Incandescent Bulbs Contain Mercury?

Incandescent light bulbs don’t contain mercury. If you break one, you won’t be exposed to toxic fumes. The bulbs contain an inert gas, like argon, which prevents the filament from corroding.

Which Light Bulbs Are Toxic?

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) require less energy than incandescent bulbs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, bulbs contain mercury, which is a harmful toxin.

How Long Do LED Edison Bulbs Last?

LED Edison light bulbs have 15,000 life hours. The average Lumen life of regular LED bulbs lasts almost 50,000 hours on average.

Are All Incandescent Bulbs Yellow?

A bulb with a lower number means the light will be more yellow, while a higher number indicates the light will appear whiter or bluer. The typical incandescent bulb is around 2700K. For bulbs with higher numbers, the light will be whiter color. 

Edison Bulb Conclusion

As you’ve learned here, Thomas Edison did not invent the incandescent light bulb. LED bulbs are popular in households, mainly because of how they look. Edison light bulbs offer rustic charm for homes with farmhouse decor. The bulbs are also energy efficient.

Edison bulbs provide a warm glow that homeowners enjoy. They don’t look like traditional light bulbs and instead resemble antique bulbs or vintage bulbs. The bulb shape is also different than common bulbs.

The LED bulbs are decorative bulbs. However, the Edison bulbs are popular because they’re energy efficient. The bulbs come in different sizes, from small chandelier bulbs to globe bulbs for larger spaces.