Trend Alert: Edison Bulbs

Interior design trends change regularly. Rest assured, we’re here to help keep you updated on what’s hot in residential design. Today’s trend alert is Edison bulbs. We’ve seen a surging interest in industrial design cues in home design, however many homeowners who dive into this trend without an interior designer regret it. We’re going to share design tips for how to use Edison bulbs in your space so you can avoid mistakes.  

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Why we love it!

We love Edison bulbs because not only do they translate the origins of the bulb itself but they create a modern and yet striking industrial look to interior spaces. These bulbs are fun and can be used in a wide variety of ways to create a unique look throughout the home. These bulbs can even be used within more modern light fixtures to show the juxtaposition between old and new. Edison bulbs are an instant symbol of atmosphere.  

How to use them. 

Edison bulbs add a sense of industrialism and vintage feel to spaces due to the visually exposed filaments within the glass encasement. Many modern Edison bulbs are now available as LEDs so they are more energy-efficient and last a lot longer.

These can be used within exposed lighting fixtures such as wall sconces, table lamps, floor lamps, and even as a hanging pendant display. These bulbs look fantastic as a group hung above a kitchen island or dining table as a feature.

They are available in many different sizes, mounting shapes, and light temperatures meaning there is something for every taste and application. We love external garden displays with these bulbs as they create a lovely atmosphere for summer nights! (Always check the bulbs are suitable for outdoor use!) 

What to watch for.

There are some considerations to take into account when thinking of using Edison bulbs in your home…

While Edison bulbs are relatively inexpensive to purchase initially, they do use a larger amount of power and therefore can cause an increase in your bills. These aren’t a money saving bulb.

Due to the amount of power needed to run these bulbs they aren’t considered very energy efficient unless there is an LED version which is generally better. 

Ways to make this trend last in your home

This trend is timeless and it’s pretty easy to make it last in your home. If Edison bulbs are used for appropriate and relevant light fittings the overall look created will undoubtedly last a lifetime. Opt for fittings that are either bronze or black finish to ensure they work with almost any space, however, they should complement the other metals in your home. 

Pair industrial style light fittings using Edison bulbs with neutrally decorated spaces to allow the lighting to become a feature of that room. In bathrooms, wall sconces with exposed Edison bulbs are a classic choice for either side of the vanity mirror. For kitchens and dining rooms, a number of exposed Edison bulbs can be used in a central arrangement above the kitchen island or dining table for a vintage feel.

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