LIGHT BULB MOMENT

posted by on 2013.05.14, under Shopping Guide
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Lampshades are becoming increasingly optional in today’s industrial, post-apocalyptic chic aesthetic. From throwback Edison to chrome-tipped, certain bulbs can easily stand on their own when hung from a simple cord set or displayed in a transparent shade. Here are some of our favorites as inspiration.

Light Bulbs

 

Nostalgic filament bulbs may be overplayed, but they still look really pretty lit up in a clear glass shade. This Squirrel Cage bulb from Rejuvenation is $16.

30W Squirrel-cage Tungsten Filament Bulb, $16

30W Squirrel-cage Tungsten Filament Bulb, $16

 

The sandblasted pattern on this Confetti bulb casts fun shadows on the wall when lit. Equally stunning when unlit, all you’d need to do is string it from a simple cord set (a good thing, as they aren’t cheap!) Finnish Design Shop €34.

Light Shadows bulb, Confetti

Light Shadows bulb, Confetti

 

Chrome-tipped bulbs reflect light backward to avoid glare. This makes them popular as vanity lighting, but they also look classy exposed from a sconce in a hallway or in an open pendant in the kitchen. $5 from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Silver Tip Bulb, $5

Silver Tip Bulb, $5

 

If you want to be energy conscious but hate how normal CFL bulbs look, then the Plumen is for you. Its cleverly twisted tubes look graceful peaking through just about any fixture, and they use 80% less energy than normal incandescents. $30 from the MoMA Store.

Plumen 001 Bulb, $30

Plumen 001 Bulb, $30

 

I’ve always been fascinated by bulbs that can flicker like a candle! The ultimate in mood lighting. $15 from Rejuvenation.

Carbon-filament Flicker Bulb, $15

Carbon-filament Flicker Bulb, $15

 

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