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Filament bulbs - everything you need to know

Filament bulbs - everything you need to know

WHAT ARE FILAMENT BULBS YOU ASK?

As we are due to launch our new lighting collection, customers are loving the look of our filament bulbs, but we get asked lots of questions and there is a little confusion surrounding these beauties.

LETS BEGIN WITH THE BASICS + WHY THIS OLD FASHIONED BULB HAS BECOME SO POPULAR…..

Firstly these bulbs are only to be used as secondary lighting. If you go to most restaurants or bars you will notice that filament bulbs are wildly being used as they give off such a fantastic warm, moody glow. Not to mention the different sizes and shapes they come in. They really do make a statement. The light produced is not functional lighting, it’s a warm glow, they will only light small areas, we call it mood or atmospheric lighting.

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WHAT IS A FILAMENT BULB?

Also known as incandescent bulbs, a filament bulbs light is created by heating the filament (made of a material that can withstand very high temperatures). If you look closely at an unlit filament bulb you will notice tiny little wires, all connected within the glass bulb. Once switched on an electrical current passes through the filament, heating it up, therefore producing light and that gorgeous pattern you see inside it. You may of heard of Edison bulbs, this is because Thomas Edison is considered as the inventor of these type of bulbs.

The pro’s: they look amazing, are affordable, easy to replace, you can create gorgeous, warm mood lighting (they are dimmable) , they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The only downside is that they use up a lot of energy + have a shorter life span.

If conserving energy is something you are conscious about problem solved, we have a sourced a gorgeous range of LED style filament bulbs for you too!

WHAT IS LED?

LED means Light emitting diodes, zzzzzz I here you say! The fact is they last for thousands of hours and conserve on energy. Touch an LED light bulb and you will notice that unlike a filament/incandescent bulb it doesn’t get hot, thats because it doesn’t heat up in order to emit light ( they are lit through the movement of electrons). The light is much brighter and can look quite stark at times. Due to the way an LED bulb works it doesn’t have those tiny wires inside that heat up and create that fantastic lit pattern inside the glass bulb like that of a filament.

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When trying to meet the needs of our 356 customers we noticed that some of you really wanted a bulb that conserved energy but you preferred the look of a warm filament bulb.

PROBLEM SOLVED

We have looked far and wide and are proud to bring you some gorgeous tinted, warm LED filament style light bulbs that come in a variety of shapes and sizes from British lighting company William + Watson. Not only do they look great, they are long lasting ( several years) and low energy (10% usage of standard bulbs). You will notice that they cost more, but they lost a lot longer than your average bulb.

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When Can I buy these lights?

Our lighting collection will be launched online on Saturday 28th February. If you would like to pre order any of these bulbs please email us contact@room356.co.uk | Until then you can buy them in store or come and visit us at Altrincham Market.