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What Are Vintage Light Bulbs?
As cool as it may sound, the phrase “vintage light bulb” is a misnomer used to describe vintage-<em>style</em> bulbs – because a true vintage bulb would have likely burned out long ago.
The <a title="Vintage Light Bulbs" href="http://www.lightinguniverse.com/vintage-bulbs_19207.html?linkloc=catheader&gpid=488988" target="_blank">vintage style</a>, which utilizes exposed filaments of various designs encased in unique glass bulbs, continues to be a hot trend in lighting. There are numerous reasons why, which may explain why the bulbs’ resurgence over the last 20 years seems only to have strengthened.
<strong>Affordable Ambience </strong>
When it comes to lighting décor, installing a bare bulb is about as inexpensive as it gets. While there are plenty of options when it comes to expensive fixtures designed to showcase these kinds of bulbs, displaying them on strings or bare cords is also a popular retro option that costs very little.
And, in a lot of ways that’s kind of the point; the bulb itself is the design. As such …
<strong>Firelight Flicker </strong>
A main feature of vintage-style bulb design is the amber glow of the exposed filament. A lot of work goes into creating these filaments, both in appearance and composition. A filament has to be made of a certain substance to provide the amount of electrical resistance needed for such a glow.
That color is unique to <a title="Incandescent Light Bulbs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/incandescent-bulbs_36.html" target="_blank">incandescent bulbs</a> and is not a part of the spectrum of compact fluorescent lighting, which has seen a big push in the age of environmentalism.
The warm glow can then be further accentuated by the glass bulb, which may be colored to enhance the vintage effect. The result is a very flattering light level, which is why these kinds of lights continue to be popular in restaurants and bars.
A final feature that adds nostalgic nuance to the bulbs is their blown-glass shapes. The weighty style that often ends in a cutely curled steeple is a nod to history that feels authentic. After all, while the technology inside may have evolved to a certain degree, the glass “recipe” is very likely the same as it’s always been.
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