Although inefficient, many homeowners are having a very difficult time letting go of their incandescent lighting systems. This is because the lamps offer a comfortable, vintage feel that is very suitable for residential spaces. The most common type of incandescent lights that are prevalent in today’s homes are the classic Edison bulbs or lamps. Designs for Edison lamps vary greatly, with standardized socket sizes to accommodate mainstream incandescent bulbs. Under Mazda trademarking, the technology was initially licensed in 1909.
Mimicking Traditional Edison Bulbs
For an energy efficient approach to lighting, individuals can replace Edison lamps with LEDs. In most cases, this can be done by replacing the bulb of the fixture with an LED bulb that is compatible with such units.
When it comes to performance, many complain about overly bright illumination associated with LED lights. A solution to this concern is to look for LED replacements with low color temperature ratings, as high color temperature lighting can lead to blindness in tight spaces. In most cases, a color-temperature range between 2,200K and 3,000K is just right for that orange, fire-like color that Edison bulbs emit.
Furthermore, it would also be possible to create distance between the target and the bulb, while installing a diffuser over the fixture, to reduce intensity. This option is great for creating comfortable living spaces, such as bedrooms and lofts.
LED Filament Bulbs
Traditionally, LEDs take on a diode or chip configuration. However, to mimic Edison-style bulbs, lighting manufacturers have created LED filament variants that look like incandescent lights. From a distance, LED filament bulbs can pass off as incandescent lighting, as the units also come with a clear casing and a hot, orange filament.
LED filament bulbs do not have a 50,000-hour lifespan rating commonly associated with standard chip-style LEDs. Instead, the bulbs are capable of offering 15,000+ hours of illumination.