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Specialty Bulbs: The Reflector Bulb
Most people aren't light bulb connoisseurs and have no reason to care what a bulb does or how it does it as long as it a) works and b) gives off the requisite amount of light when it’s on.</br></br>That's fair enough, but it could lead to missing out on the benefits of all the different types of specialty bulbs out there – like the reflector bulb.</br></br><strong>What’s a reflector bulb?</strong></br></br>Chances are good you’ve seen one, but didn’t quite know what you were looking at. A reflector bulb – also sometimes called a crowned bulb, half-chrome bulb or mirrored bulb – is a <a title="Light Bulbs" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/light-bulbs/" target="_blank">light bulb</a> that’s partially coated with a reflective material.</br></br>Reflector bulbs can be <a title="Incandescent Light Bulbs" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/light-bulbs/incandescent-bulbs/" target="_blank">incandescent</a>, <a title="Halogen Light Bulbs" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/light-bulbs/halogen-bulbs/" target="_blank">halogen</a> or most any other type, but are often found in these two varieties. And, you can get them in whichever wattage you need.</br></br><strong>Are there different colored reflectors?</strong></br></br>Yes, there are, although it’s more of a design feature than a boon to reflection. For example, half-gold bulbs are also popular, but their reflective properties are similar to those that are silver, black or any other color.</br></br>The glass may be a different color as well, which will provide various colors of reflected light, but clear is the most popular among the options.</br></br><strong>How are reflective bulbs used? </strong></br></br>That’s the fun part! Reflective bulbs can be used in all sorts of ways, but they’re employed most effectively when paired with another reflective surface. Here are a few ideas:</br></br>- Use reflective recessed bulbs to direct light into the can, which then reflects the light out and around the bulb to create a diffused, eclipse-like effect.</br>- Try using them with reflective fixtures like dressing-room mirror frames – that way you can see your reflection without the bulbs blinding you.</br>- Put them in your lamps to focus light down and out rather than up through the top of the shade.</br>- Ask a local interior design at <a title="Porch.com" href="https://porch.com/" target="_blank">Porch.com</a> how they might use reflector bulbs!</br></br>Really, though, you can use reflective bulbs in whatever way you want – maybe you’ll find a unique use that’s totally new, and if so let us know!