Customer Favorites: Top 10 Decorative Light Bulbs

Jul 12, 13 Customer Favorites: Top 10 Decorative Light Bulbs

As decorative lighting is part of our overall home decor, it is important to make sure we have the best bulbs in our fixtures. Here are the top ten decorative light bulbs on our site, each with their own characteristics that make them great.

Antique Lighting

Gold Swirl B11 Antique Bulb

This B11 gold swirl antique light bulb creates a warm glow, reminiscent of 20th century lighting. It is made of gold frosted amber glass with a hand-wound tungsten filament inside of it, magnifying its vintage appeal. The intricate design of the lamp allows the bulb to be shown, adding distinction to your decorative light fixtures. Because it operates at 20 watts, this antique bulb creates a soothing light, ideal for night time lighting!

Golden Smoke Flame CA11 Antique Bulb

Bring a rich ambiance to your interior design with the 12.5-watt CA11 golden smoke flame antique bulb! The decorative incandescent lamp is created from hand-blown amber glass and has a bent tip that sits on top of it, enhancing the lamp’s candle-like appearance. The candelabra base and gold frost finish make this bulb perfect for decorative chandeliers. For a romantic atmosphere, try this golden smoke vintage bulb!

Also available: 20-watt Golden Smoke Flame Antique Bulb

A Different Kind of White

Satco S3369 F15 Aurora Colored Glass

Satco S3369 F15 Aurora Colored Glass

Satco S3369 F15 Aurora Colored Glass

With aurora colored glass, the Satco S3369 F15 bulb adds sparkle to your chandelier. The decorative incandescent lamp operates at 40 watts and is rated for an average of 1,500 hours. It features a medium (E26) base, offering you the freedom to use it in a variety of lighting applications. Give your chandelier the stunning touch it needs with this aurora-finished lamp!

Bulbrite 411006 S6 Silicone Tip

If you want something unique, try the Bulbrite 411006 S6 frosted silicone tip bulb! The bulb has a flame-like appearance, adding a dramatic effect to your hall lighting. It operates at 6 watts with a life expectancy of 1,500 hours. The silicone covering makes the bulb shatter-resistant, assuring the bulb’s durability. With a distinctive appearance, this candelabra lamp is perfect for your decorative lighting needs!

The Top LEDs

Archipelago Dimmable LED CA10 Decorative Torpedo

Archipelago Dimmable LED CA10 Decorative Torpedo

Archipelago Dimmable LED CA10 Decorative Torpedo

Starting at only $9.98, the 3-watt Archipelago decorative torpedo is an ideal choice for high chandeliers and sconces. The long life makes it perfect for hard to reach fixtures, as less maintenance is required. This driverless, bent tip LED bulb has a candelabra base and replaces a 25-watt incandescent lamp. Give your decorative lighting a longer life with this decorative LED torpedo bulb!

Archipelago Dimmable LED G16.5

If you prefer decorative globes to torpedo bulbs, try this Archipelago G16.5 LED globe! Perfect for indoor and outdoor use, the 3-watt globe has a 2700K color temperature and replaces a 25-watt incandescent. It has a long life of 50,000 hours and is CSA listed for use in wet locations (enclosed fixtures only). Whether it’s used in a hall chandelier or an outdoor lantern, this decorative globe is sure to give off a beautiful white light throughout its lifetime!

A Touch of Color

Bulbrite 410303 Clear CA5 with Flicker Flame

Bulbrite 410303 Clear CA5 with Flicker Flame

Bulbrite 410303 Clear CA5 with Flicker Flame

The Bulbrite 410303 CA5 flicker flame bulb imitates the flicker of a real flame. Operating at 130 volts, the decorative incandescent lamp has a rated life of 2,500 hours and features a candelabra base.  The bulb can be used indoors or out, adding ambiance to your decorative lighting. For an authentic look in your sconce, lantern, or chandelier, try the Bulbrite flicker flame lamp!

Satco S3243 Petite CA5 Frost/Yellow Tip

Embellished with a yellow tip, the Satco S3243 petite CA5 frosted bulb is brings a splash of color to its surroundings. The bent tip bulb has a brass candelabra base and is rated for a 1,500 hour life. Add a colorful and nostalgic touch to your decor with this Satco yellow tip bulb!

For other colors, be sure to visit our colored decorative bulbs category!

Favorite CFLs

TCP 10714C-51K Torpedo CFL

If CFL bulbs are your preferred choice for lighting, this TCP 10714C-51K torpedo CFL bulb is the way to go! Great for indoor and outdoor use, it operates at 14 watts and has an average life of 8,000 hours. The 5100K color temperature creates a bright, white light, equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent lamp. With a candelabra base, this lamp is perfect for chandeliers, lanterns, and more!

TCP 1G2004C Globe G20 CFL

TCP 1G2004C Globe G20 CFL

TCP 1G2004C Globe G20 CFL

Part of the InstaBright family, the 4-watt TCP 1G2004C G20 CFL globe bulb is a wonderful replacement for 25-watt incandescent lamps.  The 2700K bulb reaches full brightness faster than other CFLs, enhancing its overall performance. For a bright, energy efficient lighting option, choose the TCP CFL G20 globe!

 

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What Bulb Do I Need?

May 24, 13 What Bulb Do I Need?

Ever had a bulb burn out but didn’t know what type it was, much less where to find another just like it? Not only do we carry every bulb under the sun, but we’ll turn you into a lighting expert in no time. Below are the names and descriptions of some pretty common bulbs. Any of these ring a bell?

Toshiba PAR38FLWW LED PAR38

Toshiba PAR38FLWW LED PAR38

PAR: PAR lamps, or parabolic aluminized reflectors, generally have a flat face and come in many sizes, from PAR16 all the way to PAR64. The numbers behind the ‘PAR’ (this rule applies to all light bulbs) stand for the diameter of the bulb measured in increments of 1/8 of an inch. For example, a PAR16 means the bulb is 16 eighths of an inch in diameter, which works out to two inches in diameter. A PAR38 (pictured on the right) on the other hand, would be a little more than four inches in diameter, 4 ¾ inches, to be exact. PAR lamps are found in a number of applications, from outdoor lights above your garage to track lights in your favorite museum.

Philips 24876-5 65-Watt BR30

Philips 24876-5 65-Watt BR30

R/BR: These two lamps are very similar to each other in terms of shape and application. The ‘R’ stands for ‘reflector’, while the ‘BR’ stands for ‘bulged reflector.’ Look at the picture on the left. Notice how the bulb bulges a little bit just above the neck? Now look at an R bulb. You’ll notice the neck is smooth, and both bulbs have a smooth, frosted face, evenly dispersing the light. These bulbs are typically used for creating warm, soft, even dispersions of light in recessed cans in living rooms and restaurants, but are also used for wall washing and in track lights.

Ushio Ultraline Titan 1003557 35-Watt MR16

Ushio Ultraline Titan 1003557 35-Watt MR16

MR: The MR bulbs, or “mirrored reflector” (also called “multifaceted reflectors” or “mini reflectors”) are very similar to the PAR and R-type bulbs in terms of lighting applications. And just like the PAR and R lamps, these bulbs come in different sizes, from an MR8 all the way to an MR16, and some come with a glass face, a frosted face, or even with no face. These bulbs get their names from the tiny mirrors located inside the face of some bulbs that disperses the light (pictured at left), while others have a smooth face, giving you a controlled beam of light. Look for MR bulbs in track lights in homes and department stores, in jewelry or display cases, or in museums highlighting a particular piece.

Antique Light Bulb Co. L4085 12.5-Watt Candelabra Base

Antique Light Bulb Co. L4085 12.5-Watt Candelabra Base

Candelabra Base: Candelabra base bulbs come in many shapes and sizes, from bent tip, to torpedo shape, even vintage antique bulbs. These bulbs can either be frosted or clear, and don’t put out too much light because the small base size limits the maximum wattage. This is why candelabra base bulbs are perfect for decorative chandeliers in your entryway, wall sconces in hotel hall ways, even in your porch light fixture, just as long as the fixture is sealed.

LEDshine360 360-6W-CW 6-Watt LED A19

LEDshine360 360-6W-CW 6-Watt LED A19

A19: This is your standard household bulb and is the easiest bulb to recognize. In fact, when someone says “light bulb”, this bulb shape probably comes to mind. A19 bulbs are measured the same way as the other types. Instead of measuring the diameter of the bulb, like PAR lamps, the bulb’s face is measured at its widest point. So an A19 bulb is 19 eighths of an inch, or 2 3/8 inches at its widest point. A19 bulbs are extremely common bulbs and are used in many applications, from reading lamps, to ceiling fans, and to just about anything you can think of.

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Pop, Lock & Socket: A Guide to Home Light Sockets

You are alone on a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, you hear something, and it sounded like it came from the closet. Slowly you creep to the closet; you open the door, turn on the light, and a pop-crackle-fizzle later there is no light in the closet! As your cat proudly advances from beneath your coats, you begin to check the bulb. The bulb is fine, but oh no, could it be? Not the light socket! What socket do you get? How do you choose? Where do you get it? The place to start is here at 1000Bulbs.com, and we will guide you through the rest in this article.

Pony Cleat Socket

Keyless “Pony Cleat” Socket

Which Bulb is Your Favorite?

The first step to choosing a socket is identifying the base type of the bulb you will be using. Medium base bulbs (E26) are the standard for most residential uses, including closets, lamps, and vanities. Candelabra base bulbs (E12) are seen in chandeliers, as are intermediate base bulbs (E17), which are also seen in ceiling fans. While mogul base bulbs (E39) can be seen in residential applications, it is unusual; they are most often used in commercial applications.

Living Rooms, Terraces, and Bathrooms… Oh My!

When choosing a socket, be sure to remember the application where you will use the socket. In the closet scenario from earlier, a pony cleat socket or keyless socket that can be mounted directly to a wall is ideal. These sockets are best used in applications where you want the light wired to a switch. In a room with recessed can lighting such as a living room or hall, you want to use a keyless porcelain socket, rather than a phenolic socket, in order to ensure that the socket can withstand the heat from the bulb (we don’t need any fires). However, keyless phenolic sockets are perfect for chandeliers and floor lamps, which produce less heat.

Keyed Socket with Pull-Chain

Keyed Socket with Pull-Chain Switch

Got Lamps?

Generally, keyed sockets are the preferred choice for reading lamps. Whether it has a pull-chain, a push switch, or a turn-knob, the ability to have immediate lighting control is present with keyed sockets.

Nickel-Plated vs. Aluminum

The screw shell in the socket is an important factor when deciding what socket to use. In the past, aluminum was the preferred choice as it was flexible and lightweight. With time, science has found aluminum screw shells corrode easily and do not last as long as intended, allowing for bulb and socket failure. Nickel-plated screw shells are becoming more and more popular since they are more durable and last longer. Some lighting companies even require that you use nickel-plated screw shells in order for them to honor their warranty agreement (we took the time to read the fine print for you).

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