Exposed Bulb Lamps: Yay or Nay?

Exposed Bulb Lamps: Yay or Nay?

Kim Lucian
Oct 1, 2012

The clean, minimalist, industrial look of an intentionally exposed light bulb… wait, should that be, unfinished, harsh, bare look? Designs that leave light bulbs exposed are making a comeback, and while some embrace the trend, others would rather put a lampshade on it.

I tend to have mixed feelings on the look. I appreciate the sculptural appearance of some of these fixtures, along with the use of the bulb itself as a design element, but I can't stand the fact that I am virtually blinded every time I glance at one of them when lit, especially in a darkened room. Some of these issues can be helped by using a low wattage bulb or heavily frosted glass, but both of these options also take away some of the appeal for me.

What's your position? Love them or hate them? Leave your answer in the comments below.

(Image: Exposed Bulb Pendant Track Light, $200-$250 via Pottery Barn)

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