Buy Vintage Lighting and Edison Bulbs
We’ve searched through thousands of vintage lighting and Edison bulb related products at amazon.com and organized them all here, in one place. You get a great selection, with the security and customer service you’ve come to expect from amazon.com. The prices are the same as they are amazon.com, and you don’t have to comb through a lot of unrelated products in search results.
We’ve grouped products according to what you may be looking for.
We’ve looked through all the vintage lighting fixtures and hand-selected those which would look best with Edison bulbs. Replacing existing light fixtures in your home is simple to do, our article explains how.
Bulbs are grouped by bulb shape and again by base size. If you want an easy comparison tool for brightness, life, and filament design, try our comparison machine – Bulb-O-Matic.
We’ve also selected some light sockets, plugs, cloth covered electrical wire, and everything else you need to complete your lighting project if you’re building your own vintage lighting fixture.
We’ve even included some items which would make good Edison gifts.
Let us know if you don’t find what you’re looking for here.
Notes on buying vintage lighting fixtures
When you’re buying a new fixture, take a close look at the dimensions of the fixture. For sconces, pay attention to the distance from the junction box mounting to the top of the shade or fixture. Make sure you have clearance in the location for the sconce, taking heat from the light into consideration.
For pendant lights and chandeliers, there are a couple of things to pay attention to. First is the drop length of the pendant, or the distance from the ceiling to the bottom of the light. Some pendant lights have a fixed length, and others can be adjusted within a certain range. For a work surface like a desk, you want 2-3 feet from the surface to the light. For a dining table, you want about 3 feet. For a kitchen island, the light can be higher, but keep in mind you lose the effectiveness of the light if it’s too high. Lights high than about 5 feet won’t be much help. In the case of vintage lighting with Edison bulbs which produce lower levels of light, you want to keep the distance from the light to the surface at a minimum.
Notes on buying Edison bulbs
When you’re buying Edison bulbs, there a few items to consider.
The first is the base size, or base type. The Standard base, also called Medium Base, E-26, and E-27 base, is the size which replaces most light fixtures in the home, including tabletop lamps. Edison bulbs and vintage lighting fixtures are also made using the candelabra base. This is a smaller base, and typically (but not always) has a flame or torpedo shaped bulb.
The second consideration is bulb shape. Edison bulbs come in standard bulb shapes, and non-standard bub shapes. Not all bulb shapes will fit into all fixtures, and certain bulb shapes look better in certain vintage lighting fixtures than others. We have grouped bulbs into 4 categories by shape:
- Standard shape – these are, or closely resemble, the standard incandescent light bulb shape. These are also known as A17, A19, A21, and A23 depending on their size)
- Globe shape – these spherical bulbs are also known as G25, G30, and G40 depending on their size.
- Tube shape – These bulbs are cylindrical in shape and make for some great design accents. Depending on their size, they are also called T10, T12, and T20.
- Flame-tip and Torpedo shape – These smaller decorative bulbs are all grouped under the Candelabra base category, as they use the smaller mounting.
The third consideration is wattage. Edison bulbs do not produce as much light as standard incandescent bulbs. Replacing a 40W standard incandescent with a 40W Edison bulb will result in a lot less light. Compare the Lumen output for each bulb. See our article on that subject.
Finally, consider the filament shape. There are several filament shapes available, and each makes a slightly different design statement. Make sure you get the right filament design to meet your goal.
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