Vintage Edison (filament) bulbs have been revered for their “enduring style” – for a reason. These date back to the original incandescent bulb commercialized by Thomas Edison (fun fact: not invented by!) in the 1800’s. It is not uncommon that when we discuss vintage filament bulbs, we receive a “deer-in-the-headlights” response. Rephrased to “the hipster lights at the coffee shops and restaurants” and we can actually see the light bulbs go off in their expressions (sorry for the early pun).
What this illustrates is how popular and mainstream these vintage looking Edison bulbs are when it comes to decorating with lights. We can’t get enough of the warm, romantic glow emitted by these beauties and neither can the rest of the world. They’ve been a staple in restaurant, coffee shop, hotel and boutique shop décor (to name a few) for ages and it is easy to understand why!
Well, since you asked, vintage is great and all, but their consequences have gotten them banned in many countries! It’s time to progress and we offer a beautiful and sustainable solution without losing out on that characteristic magical glow – LED Eddie bulbs! Here are 3 reasons why LED Eddie bulbs are the perfect replacement for your traditional incandescent Edison bulbs:
We are being generous when we say that incandescent bulbs have an average lifetime of approximately 2,000 hours. Compare that to the average 20,000 hour life of each Eddie bulb! Note that LED’s don’t actually “die”, so this estimate is still a low-ball. Their light output diminishes below a minimum that is required for its application. Doing some simple math here, that’s ten times longer and ten less trips that you have to make to the local hardware store – or ten less Amazon orders?
Not convinced? Industry standards compare your bulb being used for 3 hours a day. At this rate, [brilliant] Eddie will last 18.3 years versus the 1.8 years of an incandescent bulb.
Without getting too technical, incandescent bulbs have electricity running through their wire tungsten filaments. Tungsten has a high resistance to electricity, getting so hot it produces light. But it also releases heat as a by-product – a lot of it. In fact, it is 3% efficient in turning that electricity into light while releasing the rest as heat* (don’t touch that bulb!).
Again, if we compare our [brilliant] Eddie bulb to a regular incandescent, it requires 6.5 watts of electricity to generate the same light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb. Using almost 10 times less energy means less money burned...bringing us to our next reason.
If you’ve been following our Instagram account, you will probably get a subtle hint that we LOVE coffee. So we will make this financial comparison in terms of coffee, but please make any substitutes necessary.
1 60W incandescent bulb = $132** (in energy costs) over lifetime
1 6.5W [brilliant] Eddie bulb = $14.30 over lifetime
Cappuccinos Saved*** = 29!!!
Don’t worry, we’re ready for the lower upfront cost argument in favor of incandescent light bulbs. Accounting for the difference in initial costs of the different bulbs...
Vintage Filament Bulb (at Home Depot) = ~$9
[brilliant] Eddie bulb = $25.99
NOW, we do the cappuccino savings = 25!!!
Imagine the savings in a commercial space where you can see at least 20+ vintage filament bulbs decorating the space with their warm, cozy glow. The color temperature and dimmable qualities of the LED Eddie bulb collection ensure that you won’t be compromising on the original atmospheric light. We also LOVE the LED capabilities of different filament arrangements and shapes that continue to arise.
Not that we've provided you with these compelling facts, make sure to follow us on social media for inspiration of ways to decorate with your LED Eddie bulbs. You’d be surprised at how versatile they are in their ultimate mission of lighting up your space economically, efficiently and most importantly, beautifully.
*Livingston, J. (2014). Designing with Light. The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design
**At $0.11 per kWh
*** We've assumed an average cappuccino to cost $4