The Edison Bulb Is Back In A Big Way

Edison bulb and cord combo by Bulbrite.

Edison bulb and cord combo by Bulbrite.

Style trends ebb and flow like the tides, and it’s common to see elements from the past creep back into current designs. In the world of home décor, few things have made as large a comeback as the Edison bulb.

It was the birthplace of modern electricity in homes – the starting point from which everything you take for granted evolved from. And now, thanks to modern designers, it’s making a big comeback. The chances are good that you’ve already seen it. Cocktail bars, restaurants, and even storefronts are now using the Edison Bulb to add ambiance to their establishment, and it’s easy to add them to your home as well.

What is an Edison Bulb? Essentially, it’s a type of lightbulb that harkens back to the days when the bulb was invented. Basic colors, raw materials, exposed construction, and a raw exposed filament are the key elements here. The bulbs glow dimly, and just placed in a traditional fixture they don’t even really stand out that much. It’s when they’re added to other design elements that they really ‘shine’, so to speak.

Some of the most common design elements include placing bulbs in steampunk inspired fixtures that really change the overall feel of a room. The now-classic hanging bulb is what you’re probably most familiar with, and involves one or more bulbs hanging from their power cord. Other fixtures use wooden blocks as holders for the bulb to really give it an antique feel.

The bulbs are energy hogs, and they burn out quickly compared to modern options. But there’s something to be said for the mood that they create. However, it’s very important that you use them in the right way. The design elements above can be added in just the right spot to elevate a room or a part of your home.

For example, adding a string of hanging bulbs over the top of a home bar can give it a vintage feel that draws guests towards it. A reading room can use antique style fixtures and Edison bulbs as accents rather than focal points. Even entrance foyers can benefit from a clever, stylish antique Edison Bulb fixture.

The key is knowing how to use the bulbs and where they fit best into your overall design. If you use them as one element of a larger design plan, you’ll be able to get a lot of enjoyment from them.


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