Vintage or "Edison" style light bulbs are near and dear to our hearts. Regardless of which era you were born in, there's an undeniable sense of nostalgia that happens when you walk in to a space filled with the gentle glow of vintage reproduction bulbs. It's hard not to be drawn in by the sight of filaments set aflame. Arguably one of the greatest inventions since the discovery of fire, the incandescent light bulb has been a constant presence in modern society and an enduring symbol of the possibilities of innovation.
The last decade has seen the much-needed push to develop more energy-efficient lighting options for all types of spaces. Enter the age of the LED. First created in 1962 by American Nick Holonyak, the light-emitting diode was originally intended as an inferred laser. Its early purposes were small and limited - they were used in IMB circuit boards in the mid-sixties, digital watches in the 70's and traffic lights in the 80's.
Eventually LED's would become feasible replacements for traditional incandescent light bulbs but up until very recently, they remained both expensive and less-than-desireable aesthetically. A long time coming, design-friendly LED bulbs have finally arrived. We've finally reached the point where LED technology and design have become bedfellows and you no longer need to sacrifice style to achieve long-lasting, energy-efficienet lighting.
Last season we launched a collection of LED light bulbs that are virtually indistinguishable in appearance from their classic incandescent counterpoints. The benefits of these LED bulbs are wide-reaching. Not only can they last up to 25 times longer than a non-LED light bulb but they typically consume anywhere from 25% to 80% less energy, making them extremely cost-effective and of course, more environmentally-friendly.
Now we're even more excited to introduce a brand new type of LED advancement that's right up our aesthetic alley: Filament LED bulbs. Like our much-beloved vintage reproduction bulbs, these LED's give you the classic Edison look thanks to a unique new technology that allows for very small LED emitters to be arranged in a linear-filament style package inside the glass bulb. You can compare our traditional Edison Marconi incandescent bulb (left) next to our newST21 filament LED (right):