Edison Light Bulbs: Are They Worth it?

By February 21, 2019Electrical

Edison Light Bulbs are a blast from the past. They have recently made a resurgence, and are designed to emulate the early tungsten filament light bulbs produced by the Edison Electric Light Company in the early 20th century. These bulbs are something of a modern trend and usually have elaborate wiring of their internal filaments.

However, like all incandescent bulbs, they are not as efficient as modern alternatives, such as LEDs, so if you are considering looking at Edison Light Bulbs, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons.
Edison Light Bulbs Are They Worth it

Edison Light Bulbs offer a vintage aesthetic and a nice warm glow, but there are many modern alternatives, so are they really worth it? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide if they are the brightest option for you



They Are Warm

One of the main appeals of Edison light bulbs is that they emanate warm light far more than a modern incandescent, CFL or standard LED light. Warm light makes a room feel cosier, and according to a study performed by Harvard Medical School, blue light, which is more prevalent in CFLs and some LEDs can be disruptive to sleep patterns.

They Are Stylish

If you’ve been to a trendy cafe or cocktail bar lately, you’ll probably notice a row of Edison bulbs hanging above the counter. There’s no denying they have a cool aesthetic. Their exposed look, screams vintage, as does the amber glass and warm glow that they produce.

They Are Cheap

Incandescent bulbs are an old design and are among the cheapest you can get, however, particularly styled Edison bulbs may set you back a little more. Still, they are often a lot cheaper to modern lighting alternatives such as CFLs and LEDs.


They Are Fragile

Despite the detailed look of Edison bulb’s filaments, they are extremely intricate and fragile. They are probably not a good idea if they are in reach of children or pets.

They Aren’t That Bright

Excuse the pun, but it’s true! Edison bulbs aren’t that bright compared to just about every other modern alternative. There is a difference between wattage and luminosity. Even though Edison bulbs may have the same wattage as a normal incandescent bulb, their design causes them to produce roughly half the lumens. This means that although they might be nice for mood lighting, they are not ideal for spotlighting.

They are Less Energy Efficient

Edison bulbs are not nearly as efficient as modern alternatives, they can turn up to 90% of their energy use into heat, which is not ideal for the modern power conscious family. LED lights, by comparison, are much more efficient, losing only 20% of their energy to heat. Also, they require less energy overall to operate – between 50% and 90%.

The Best of Both Worlds

There is no question that tungsten light bulbs are old technology. They use more energy and produce more heat and less light, meaning they are incredibly inefficient. After all, they are over 100 years old!

Despite this, the vintage look is in, if only you could get the efficiency of an LED light with the cool spiral and warm glow of an olden-day filament.

Well, you can! Many companies have noticed the trend of Edison bulbs, however, they have tried to adapt the design to the modern, eco-conscious world. You can now buy decorative spirals and coils of LEDs, that look just like tungsten coils of times gone by. These new LEDs are adjusted to a warm colour temperature and have glass treated with an amber glow, so you can have all of the charms of an old bulb, with modern efficiency.

LED lights solve all the problems of incandescent bulbs. They are more durable, more efficient and even last longer. Edison bulbs have approximately 1000 lumen-hours, LED filament bulbs, on the other hand, have approximately up to 40,000 hours.

If you’re unsure about Edison Light Bulbs, or would like to know more about LED filament lights please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing electrical and air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

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