What are LED decorative bulbs?
LED decorative light bulbs are often used as replacement products for incandescent or halogen decorative light bulbs. You can use these light bulbs in chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, and specialty light fixtures.
Using LED decorative bulbs instead of incandescent or halogen is usually an easy and cost-effective switch. Incandescent and halogen light bulbs use the most energy, so replacing with an LED light bulb will help reduce energy consumption and pay for itself quickly.
There are several other benefits to using LED decorative light bulbs instead of incandescent or halogen.
- Longer-life: Burn time on traditional decorative bulbs can be high, especially in areas like hotel lobbies. The right LED product will last many times longer, so you can spend less time on that ladder and more time focusing on other tasks.
- Heat management: Have you ever tried to change a halogen light bulb right after you turn it off? I don’t recommend it. The light bulb will be very hot. LEDs use different technology to operate, so they don’t get as hot. Plus, using LED decorative bulbs means less heat for your HVAC system to remove.
- Color consistency: Color is often key for your décor lighting. You probably want the fixture and bulbs to set a certain tone for the room. Switching to LEDs made by a trusted manufacturer will help make sure the tone is right.
Types of LED decorative bulbs
There are several different shapes of LED decorative bulbs.
- LED B/BA – B or BA bulbs might also be called candelabra bulbs because of their shape. They are smaller than an average bulb and typically shaped like a flame.
- LED C/CA – C bulbs might also look like a flame or a bullet, but they have a bent tip. They are made to look like a candle flame. These are common in restaurants and hotels.
- LED Flames – LED flame bulbs look more like a candle. They often have etched glass to resemble flames, giving a flickering effect.
- LED S/ST – S shaped bulbs have more of a standard shape, but shorter and more round. ST is usually a larger version of the S bulb, and can look more oblong.
It’s also important that you pick the right base for your fixture. There are several common bases among LED decorative bulbs:
- E12 (Candelabra) – This is the smallest base but is very common in specialty fixtures and chandeliers.
- E17 (Intermediate) – An E17 base is in between a candelabra base and a standard E26 base in size. This is not as common as the E12 or E26.
- E26 (Standard) – An E26 is a standard light bulb base.
- G4 (Bi-pin) – The G4 bi-pin base is a little less common but is meant to replace a halogen bulb with a bi-pin base.
- G9 (Bi-pin) – The G9 bi-pin base is also fairly uncommon but can also replace a halogen bulb with a bi-pin base.
Color temperature is extremely important when you’re selecting LED decorative bulb. Most color temperatures will be warm (more yellow) because you’re trying to replace the warm glow of a typical incandescent or halogen bulb.
Where can I use LED decorative bulbs?
LED decorative bulbs can be used in almost any application from your home to hotels, restaurants, commercial offices, and hotels.
They are often used in fixtures that make a statement. Whether it’s a warm, cozy feeling or a bold art piece, you can find an LED decorative bulb that’s right for you.
Here are a few common areas where LED decorative bulbs are found:
- Ceiling-mount fixture
- Exterior lantern
- Wall sconce
Can I dim LED decorative bulbs?
Are your incandescent or halogen decorative bulbs on a dimmer? You might want to dim your LED decorative bulbs as well. The first step is to make sure you buy a product that is labeled dimmable. If you use the filters on the left side of the screen, click on “Dimmable” then click “Yes”. You will get a list of products that are dimmer compatible.
If you are looking for more tips on LED dimming, click here.
Questions about LED decorative bulbs
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