Vintage-look LED Bulbs
Classic Edison-style lightbulbs are a trend with serious staying power. Luckily, filament-look LED bulbs let you get on board without sacrificing energy efficiency.
Fixtures that show off Edison-style bulbs are everywhere these days. Fortunately, you don't need to sacrifice energy efficiency for style, thanks to a new crop of fancy "filament" LED bulbs with diodes configured in arcs, spirals, and other decorative designs. The bulbs' lower price and softer glow means no more excuses—it's time to ditch those old incandescents.
From left to right, here are five of our favorites.
Philips 60W Equivalent Vintage Soft White A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb
"Replacement bulb" refers to wattage only. Many LEDs can’t be used in enclosed fixtures—this one can (about $8.82; Home Depot).
IKEA Lunnom LED Bulb E26 400 Lumen
It's counterintuitive, but bulbs with lower temperatures give off warmer light. An amber tint like this bulb's also helps create a softer glow ($13; IKEA).
Feit Electric 6.5-Watt Soft White (2150K) G25 Dimmable LED Clear Vintage Style Light Bulb
Bulbs come in many shapes, and most—including all five shown here—fit a medium base. But there are filament-style candelabra-base bulbs, too (about $12; Home Depot).
Kichler 40W Equivalent Dimmable Amber T9 Bulb
We tend to equate wattage with brightness, but the numbers refer to energy usage. On par with a 40W incandescent, this LED uses just 2.5W ($9.98; Lowe's).
Ferrowatt LED 1W Vintage Edison Medium Base Bulb
Edison's early bulbs burned for 1,200 hours. LEDs can easily last 10 times as long; this one is expected to glow for at least 15,000 hours ($22; Shades of Light).