Vintage Incandescent Light Bulbs




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In today’s video we’re going to take a look at vintage light bulbs.
They’re all the rage at the moment and can be found in trendy bars, coffee shops, restaurants and boutique shops. Pretty much everywhere you look, you’ll see retro bulbs.
Naturally, people are looking replicate this trend in their homes, so we’re going to take a closer look at some of the most popular bulbs available from two of the UK’s leading bulb manufacturers, Crompton and BELL Lighting.
The first is the classic candle with it’s zig-zag or flicker filament. You’ll normally find these in chandeliers and wall lamps.
Next we have the GLS, which is probably the bulb you’ll be most familiar with. This particular bulb features a horizontal spiral filament.
If you’re looking for something a bit more grand, then globe bulbs will fit the bill. They’re available in sizes ranging from 80mm to a massive 120mm.
Lastly we have the Squirrel Cage, which is pretty much what Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan dreamt up nearly 200 years ago.
As you can see, most of the vintage bulbs have a distinctive gold tint to glass. This helps add a warmth and glow which isn’t there with standard bulbs. It also adds a sense of age to the bulb and fitting.
Let’s have a closer look some of the tungsten filaments:
Here we have the spiral in a large globe.
And here is a flicker filament or zig-zag in a candle bulb.
And probably the most popular, Squirrel Cage with its fine cage filament.
Let’s take a look at few bulbs switched on:-
Both Bell and Crompton use a toughened filament which makes these bulbs last on average between 3000 & 4000hrs, or to put that into perspective about 3 times longer than a standard incandescent lamp.
 
All vintage bulbs can be switched using a conventional light switches.
However, the best way to get the most out of your vintage bulbs is to use them on a dimmer switch.  Dimming them brings them to a whole new level of cool. The detail in the filament really is quite extraordinary which the video really doesn’t do justice to.
In conclusion; whether you looking to add a bit of history to your home or looking to keep up with the latest trend, look no further.
At Lightbulbworld we stock all the lamps featured in this video plus other vintage radio valve bulbs, tubes and even LED filament bulbs which we’ll cover in the next video.
These retro bulbs are available in a variety of caps. (ES/ E27), bayonet caps (BC/ B22) and small screw cap (SES/ E14).
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