Edison Incandescents Inspire New Classics

by Lisa Stewart 26 Mar 2011

"I never did a day's work in my life, it was all fun." Thomas Edison

Inspired by the genius of Edison, this new lighting design trend has fun and historic artistry written all over it. The luminescence and amber-orange glow of original 1910 Edison-style filament bulbs cast a mood-setting ambient light in either reproduction or modern light fixtures. This is a lighting style worth considering in spite of reports that incandescent light bulbs will someday be replaced by LED's. My hope is that these bulbs will still be available for the discerning consumer willing to invest in the high end classic look that reflects a by-gone era with charm of the past.

Photos courtesy of Restoration Hardware

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.

Imagine This Lighting Your Home

by Lisa Stewart 19 Mar 2011

The possibilities are astounding!


LEDs Light the Future

by Lisa Stewart 12 Mar 2011

It's been over 125 years since Edison invented the incandescent light bulb and so it's about time for a major revolution in the lighting industry. Get ready! The revolution is coming in the form of LED's. Light-emitting diode technology is already widely used in commercial buildings, automobiles and aircraft. And LED technology for all household uses and applications is becoming more and more common at stores everywhere.

What are the advantages of LED bulbs?
 - They save money and energy because they use only 2 to 10 watts to operate.
 - They last a very long time:  about 50,000 hours. This translates to over 10 years of typical household use! Compare their extraordinary life to incandescent bulbs (1,000 hours), halogen bulbs (2,000 hours), and compact fluorescent bulbs (10,000 hours).
 - They're environmentally friendly because they're made from non-toxic materials, as compared to fluorescent bulbs which contain Mercury.

So what are their disadvantages?
 - LED's have a high upfront purchase cost.
 - Their light color can be harsh and inconsistent from bulb to bulb.
 - Some LED's cannot be dimmed.
 - The shape of the LED's can be distracting.

Of course as time goes on and technology advances, we'll see most if not all of these disadvantages disappear. Stay tuned for my next post where I'll include a video about OLED's... the latest hot topic in lighting innovation. And see my article about florescent bulbs from Aug 2010.

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.