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What are filament LED Bulbs or vintage LED bulbs?

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Up until now, LED bulbs have looked fairly unconventional. This is primarily due to the use of flat chip based LEDs that have provided very little in the way of design flexibility. Some manufacturers such as CREE have developed unique filament tower technology to arrange chip based LEDs vertically inside a bulb to mimic a traditional light pattern but the external appearance of the bulb still looks fairly foreign to anyone used to a traditional incandescent bulb.

CREE's LED FIlament Tower Design

Above: CREE's LED Filament Tower Design

This has left a key part of the market neglected by LEDs, namely fixtures and applications requiring a traditional incandescent or even vintage incandescent look. All of this has changed recently. has led the way by providing a wide range of LEDs that use the latest LED filament technology

What is an LED Filament Anyway?


Above: Spotlite-USA LED A19 Edison Collection LED Filament Bulb

LED Filament bulbs look just like their traditional incandescent counterparts thanks to a unique new LED technology that allows for very small LED emitters to be arranged in a linear filament style package. These emitters are then powered using a traditional glass insulated circuit similar to that found in a traditional incandescent bulb. The end result is a bulb that functions and looks virtually identical to an incandescent.


The best part is LED filament bulbs can come in all shapes and sizes just like an incandescent. The filament LEDs can even be made with super warm 2200K color temperatures or coated glass to provide a vintage look just like original Edison or Marconi style filament bulbs. These bulbs are perfect for restaurants, high end retail stores, or even homes that wish to show off a fixture where a typical LED just wouldn't look proper.

LED Filament bulbs typically have a shorter life span that regular LED bulbs with most rated between 15,000 and 40,000 hours but these figures are amazing in comparison to traditional incandescent technology which lasts just 500 to 1000 hours. Like all LEDs they use very little electricity as well with 60 watt equivalent filament bulbs using between 7 and 10 watts of power typically. 

Next time you are shopping for a fixture and can't seem to find an LED or energy saving bulb that looks just right, take a look at LED Filament Bulbs, the latest in LED technology is actually a re-interpretation of the past and it just might be the perfect bulb you are looking for.

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  • At some point in the past – no doubt due to FIRES – all the light kits in ceiling fans changed from standard Edison base lamp sockets to candelabra base. I guess nobody makes a 200W candelabra base lamp – fortunately. Most of my fans came with candelabra base 40W or 60W incandescent lamps. I have several Hampton Bay and similar ceiling
    fans in two houses. They are all equipped with wireless remote controls for fan speed and light intensity. I started out using dimmable CFLs, but they required a base adapter and were never entirely satisfactory. The spiral sticking out past the glass globes wasn’t what could be called “attractive”. Then I changed to dimmable 40W (equivalent) LEDs; these were OK, but still needed a base adapter so the light bulb stuck out from the glass globe. They dimmed in steps, and never dimmed low enough to be used as a night light in

    I finally ordered these lamps (SKU 5104881036) from EarthLED. At last, after four years and lots of money, I have the perfect lamp for overhead ceiling fan lights. The light output of the 60W (equivalent) lamps is nice and bright. The lamp is contained entirely within the glass globe of the light kit, so it’s attractive.

    The Hampton Bay wireless remote control can dim these bulbs from just a faint glow (or off, of course) to full brightness – smoothly, not in steps. Finally, the color temperature is low, a warm white. Unlike the daylight LED lamps, there is almost no blue component so I
    can use them in the bedrooms. The “experts” say that blue(ish) light
    interferes with sleep patterns. I don’t know if that’s accurate, but I do know that these lights are not painful to look at, even at full brightness. This certainly cannot be said of dimmable CFLs. The filament style was made as a design feature, I suppose, but the
    light dispersal (lack of focused light source from LEDs) makes these lamps far more pleasant to live with than all the other solutions I tried. The fans in the bedrooms have three-lamp light kits, so the six-pack of these lamps took care of two rooms at a much, much better price than I found previously.

    But wait – there’s more. Some of my ceiling fans have a device that prevents the lights from operating if lamps of higher wattage than the design number are used. One of the fans came with 40W incandescent lamps. They were insufficiently bright so I replaced
    them with 60W lamps. The lights shut off after a short period. I guess this is an additional safety feature based either on current or temperature. I don’t know if this is mandated, but the newest fans all have this device, so I would say “yes”. Hard to imagine any
    manufacturer putting in an overtemp/overcurrent device without being forced to do so. Just my surmise, based on no real information.

    I do not know if the vibration from the fan will eventually damage the delicate-looking LED “filaments”. Just hoping for the best ownership experience here.

    Finally: one of the lamps in the six-pack was broken, I guess due to shock in shipping. EarthLED took care of this problem very quickly and most satisfactorily.

    Lawrence on
  • I dropped a nostalgic LED bulb. Glass broke so the “filament” are expose to air. I screwed the broken bulb in and turn it on. Still works. I have to be careful about electrical hazard.
    Another interesting effect is the filament glow when exposed to UV or blacklight.
    By closer look, to me they look like Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light.

    Stefan on
  • LED is the choice of today. The LED is the long duration usage product thus, one need to be confident about the quality. The branded LED not only ensures the long duration working hours but also the better illumination.

    Sameer Gupta on
  • Howard Gindoff – Why not just get a blunt tip LED Candelabra?
    They are shorter than the ones with the curly tip.
    Search for B11 E12.
    B11 – Blunt Tip
    E12 – Candelabra mini base

    *LED chips can be exposed to the air.

    Vin on
  • This bulb is the perfect vintage reproduction touch for antique fixtures, vintage wall sconces, traditional lamps, and older wall lanterns.
    Darwin Crew on

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