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DIY Edison Bulb Projects

on March 24, 2017

The Edison bulb refers to Thomas Edison’s original carbon or tungsten filament bulbs back in 1882. While modern day “Edison light bulbs” are not the same vintage bulb first created by Edison, they are designed to replicate the same light color and bulb shape as the original. These modern Edison bulbs are more energy-efficient and last longer than the traditional bulbs that were used decades ago.

Now, the Edison bulb has come back in style and is used to decorate multiple areas of the home. The calm ambience created from the warm light gives a relaxing vibe to the room it occupies. From lamps to overhead fixtures, it is almost common to see Edison bulbs as a normal accessory to people’s homes or apartments.

Incandescent vs. LED Edison Bulbs

There are a few things to consider if you are going to purchase Edison bulbs for a project. Try sticking with LED filament bulbs that have the vintage Edison look. These bulbs save on energy and can last anywhere from 15,000 to 40,000 hours. LED bulbs use between 7 and 10 watts of power compared to the 40 – 150-watt range of an incandescent bulb.

In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act requiring new and improved energy requirements for basic light bulbs. So, this means that incandescent light bulbs that are 40 watts or higher will be phased out and no longer produced. You can still purchase standard incandescent bulbs but they will only be available while supplies last. However, if you want something that is energy efficient and can last a long time, stick with the LED version of a lightbulb.

The right type of lighting can completely transform a room.  If you are thinking about partaking in this trend, we have a few “do it yourself” projects that could save you money. Be sure and consult with an experienced electrician before installing one of these projects.

Modern Edison Bulb Lamp

This tutorial from Dunn Lumber shows a very basic and minimalistic lamp that can be used in any room of your house. The minimalistic look has grown popular over past few years and there are always trends with projects focusing on a minimalistic take on everyday household items. Creating this modern Edison bulb is easy and versatile!

Mason Jar 6 Light Edison Hanging Lamp

Mason jars are great for holding a plethora of items and food. They are used for holding pens and pencils, buttons, craft objects or pickled foods. Crafts for mason jars are always being made and shared. What if you could hold an Edison bulb in a mason jar? Now, you can use them to illuminate your kitchen or living room with Edison bulbs. The mason jar and Edison bulb pair gives your room a rustic vibe while adding a modern charm. This tutorial from Instructables shows a step by step process to achieve that perfect mason jar rustic look.

Edison Bulb Pendant Light

If you don’t like the mason jar Edison bulb look, this tutorial provides a pendant light design with Edison bulbs that creates a romantic environment. Place this in the kitchen above your dining table and you have the perfect lighting for a romantic night in.

Industrial Lamp with Edison Bulb

Having an industrial lamp mixes modern styles with industry looks. This tutorial from Home Depot shows you how to make a trendy industrial lamp with the Edison bulb being the perfect finish. This type of lamp would look great in a reading den or bedroom and can easily be accessorized with books, plants and other small items.

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