Product Spotlight – Bulbrite NOS40-1890 Vintage Incandescent

vintage light bulb with lit up filaments

An article on Wired.com this week featured new “vintage” LED bulbs. You can take a look at the novelty light and see the past and the future collide in one.. ugly… sort-of-nostalgic light bulb.

While somebody may try to make a vintage bulb using LEDs, the appeal of vintage light bulbs is that they look old all the way around with clear glass shapes and filament styles that date from the earliest era of electric lighting. The LED variant that Wired shows has the shape of an older bulb, but is missing all the personality.

The main reason, in my opinion, to get a vintage bulb is to see the strangely-shaped filament light up in a strangely-shaped bulb. Looking at a mass of LEDs connected to a semiconductor attached to a driver with a fancy Edison-style bulb wrapped around it feels much less nostalgic.

That brings us to our product of the week, this Bulbrite vintage bulb. Fitting into a standard (medium base) light bulb socket, it’s a replica of an early 20th century bulb, but with a modern upgrade. Although, if you haven’t joined us in the 21st Century and still run your electricity on whale oil, it will probably turn on!

The Bulbrite NOS40-1890 replica nostalgic bulb is an incandescent, which means it is not energy efficient. But these bulbs are all about decor, not efficiency.

If you saw the Oscar’s this year, the stage was lit with hundreds of vintage bulbs, as you can see here.

You can browse through all of our vintage incandescent bulbs and find versions with medium or candelabra bases, in 25, 30, or 45 watt versions, with a number of different bulb shape and filament types. Order either Bulbrite or Standard brand. Even better, order some of both and enjoy free ground shipping on orders over $75.00.

Here are the key specs on this week’s featured product.

Key Features:

Bulbrite 13418 vintage light bulb

  • Early 20th Century vintage look
  • Medium (E26) base
  • 40 watts
  • Use in ceiling fixtures, outdoors, pendant lighting, downlights, and portable lights
  • Unique ST18 bulb shape
  • 3,000 Average Life
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Nick Heeringa

Nick is a writer, publisher and editor for the Topbulb blog. Check back often for more of his writing on lighting applications and announcements for the Topbulb website and blog!