All About Carbon Filament Bulbs

With every light we want available at the flick of a switch these days, it’s almost impossible to imagine the trials and tribulations nineteenth century inventors went through to bring us the first practical electric globe. With several people working on a solution at the same time, it was Thomas Alva Edison who made the breakthrough and was able to file for a US patent on 4th November 1879 for an electric lamp using ‘a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected... to platina contact wires’. Edison had experimented with platinum and other metals for the filament, but in the end, he found that carbon was the most effective. By passing an electric current through the carbon filament, Edison would heat it to a high temperature until it glowed, and it was that glow that lit our homes for most of the twentieth century.

Carbon and LED Filiment Bulbs

Time To Think Again

Edison’s incandescent globes revolutionised the way we lit our homes, but it was only a matter of time before we started to notice that they didn’t last long and made inefficient use of electricity. This became more noticeable during the Second World War, when the need for efficient lighting became vital, and as a result, fluorescent lighting started to become more popular. Eventually, fluorescent light globes became available on the domestic market, and the slow process of changing our buying habits began. Householders started to notice how long the new energy efficient globes lasted, even if they weren’t always mad about the way they looked. At the start of the twenty-first century, Governments around the world would finally rid their countries of the wasteful incandescent globes, with Australia proudly leading the way.

Carbon Classic

People don’t always recognise a design classic when it’s in general use, and it wasn’t until incandescent globes were consigned to the bin that people realised they missed the glowing good looks of the visible element in the clear glass globe. Inefficient carbon filament globes came into style as novelties, and they looked good but wasted electricity. So now, a new generation of LED filament globes has been invented, energy efficient and even better looking than the retro incandescents. Lighting designers are having great fun producing fixtures that show off these new globes, bringing a touch of industrial chic to the most stylish spaces in the country.

Leading Lights

After decades of experimentation finally brought us practical domestic LED lighting, the way we light our homes and businesses has undergone yet another revolution. LED lights pay for themselves very quickly by reducing electricity bills, and the globes last for years, making them a super-practical solution to your lighting needs. And now that the designer chic of the carbon filament is available in the LED filament globe, there’s never been a better time to invest in new light fixtures for the cool new LEDs. Try these instant design classics in one of our industrial pendant lights and you’ll see straightaway what all the fuss is about.