Old-Fashioned Bulbs

Old-Fashioned Bulbs

Annie Werbler
Apr 19, 2010

People everywhere are switching to high-efficiency lightbulbs in order to save on power costs and environmental waste. While these technological innovations are the way of the future, there has been a noticeable backlash in the form of lighting designs that use bulbs from the dawn of the electrical age.

Edison bulbs, as the modern reproductions are now called, feature filament materials, usually carbon, that produce low light compared to the amount of energy it takes to turn them on. They cast warm, moody glows that are perfect for creating an ambiance. It is rumored that only more efficient CFL bulbs will be sold in the United States market starting in the year 2014. Surely this makes sense for general household lighting purposes (even though some of us don't care for the quality of light produced), but what about for those special pieces that rely on an old-fashioned bulb to complete its look? Though we're part of the movement toward high-efficiency lighting, we hope the incandescent bulb doesn't disappear completely.

Images: 1. Lighting that Showcases Exposed Bulbs; 2. Solitaire Pendant by Jeremy Pyles; 3. Edison Bulbs, Story and Sources; 4. Shane's Sustainable Chic Condo; 5. My Great Outdoors: Andy's Brooklyn Backyard.

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