Old Fashion Light bulbs

Carbon Filament vs Tungsten filament

Old fashioned incandescent filament light bulbs are developing a following of determined folks who simply enjoy the magical quality of vintage incandescent light and the beauty of the softly glowing internal filament.

The first incandescent light bulbs were made with platinum filaments. After experimentation with a variety of materials, Thomas Edison developed the first filament light bulbs to be used commercially, which utilized carbon filaments.

As time passed, tungsten became the material of choice for filaments because they produced twice as much light and lasted much longer. With further exploration, the Edison-era tungsten-filament light bulb was further developed and was filled with inert gas instead of being encased in a vacuum. This greatly reduced a dark residue that would develop on the inside of the glass globe due to its vacuum construction.

Edison-era vintage tungsten bulbs may not burn as brightly as the most recent versions, but they are enjoyed because of their romantic warm glow, the classic shape of the bulbs, and most of all, they are appreciated for the beauty of their softly glowing filament.

Vintage light bulbs are used for setting a relaxing atmosphere. They can still be found with both carbon and tungsten filaments, but vintage tungsten bulbs are more cost efficient to buy and are more cost effective in their use of electrical energy. They also remain clear much longer than carbon filament bulbs.

Vintage incandescent bulbs with carbon or tungsten filaments can be dimmed to various intensities of luminosity, which adds to the versatility of the bulb and its uses. However, it should be kept in mind that filament bulbs are capable of only one-half of the output of lumens as a modern incandescent filament bulb. Thus, while a modern 60-watt bulb produces 800 lumens, the 60-watt filament bulb will produce 400 lumens.

For this reason, many people choose to use vintage filament bulbs in special lamps and special lighting situations for atmospheric applications only, and they use modern bulbs for practical everyday use.

Many have noticed that crystal chandeliers take on a particularly nostalgic, magical, and elegant appearance when lighted by tungsten filament bulbs, and softly glowing table lamps can add a special romantic touch around and over the dining table or in the bedroom. Lamps that showcase the bulb with its warmly glowing filament are by far the favorite.

The historic Edison-era circa 1912 designed Steampunk bulb is adored for its unique “squirrel cage” shape and its glowing cage-shaped filament that surrounds the central glass supporting stem. It is a favorite bulb for exposed sockets, chandeliers, sconces, and can be used for both commercial and residential lighting situations.

So why not join the filament movement and designate a lamp or two to create the classic, warm, and magical atmosphere that only vintage light bulbs can bring to a home environment.

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Old Fashion Light Bulbs

Old-fashioned light bulbs are back in fashion. There is defiantly something magical about Antique items. From clocks to cars, some things are just not made the way they used to. The nostalgic atmosphere those Edison light bulbs give is now sought after by many of the upscale restaurants, bars, hotels, and retail stores around the world. Lighting manufacturers are adding new styles of these old fashioned bulbs on a monthly basis. At nostalgicbulbs.com we try our best to keep up with all the new bulb shapes and sizes. Globe and chandelier bulbs with the old tungsten filament are now being made in shapes that weren’t even made before. Visit our online store to view the latest old fashioned light bulbs.

Edison Bulbs in my new kitchen

Edison Bulbs in my new kitchen

Vintage Light Bulbs

Hi Nostalgic Bulb fans,
I’m Julie, and I blog over at redheadcandecorate.com.
I love to decorate our home & cook yummy food for my family.
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Thank you, Nostalgic Bulbs, for inviting me to blog on your blog 🙂
I absolutely love your products.
Especially, these babies…
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Vintage light bulbs are very hot these days.
No pun intended, but really they are.
Especially at my house.
I use them throughout our home.
Nostalgic Bulbs are the most beautiful bulbs I have ever used.
Not only are they nice to look at,
they are reasonably priced.
They also are delivered quickly to your front door all nicely packaged.
Let me show you a few examples throughout our home.In our kitchen, we use the “beacon” style.
You can see they really bring out the crystals in our pendant lights.
If we had used a regular bulb, it would take away from the light fixture.
You can find more information on our DIY kitchen makeover here: Kitchen Makeover
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I also used vintage light bulbs in our light fixture over our table.
These are the Nostalgic chandelier version.
These are beautiful lit, dimmed, or even off.
When we have company I usually dim them and they really set the mood.
When it’s homework time, back up they go.
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Here’s another example of the vintage chandelier bulbs
in our master bedroom and master bathroom.
You can find more information on these makeovers here: Bedroom Makeover
Bathroom Makeover
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I also happen to use the vintage bulbs in our halls.
They are best for light fixtures you can see through.
Not only is there less glare, but they are gorgeous.
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Thank you Nostalgic Bulbs.
You make decorators like me light up!
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