Do Edison bulbs work in normal fixtures?

June 7, 2019

Short Answer: Yes, they do!

Long Answer: Most Edison bulbs in the US are manufactured with E26 bases. The most common fixture socket size in the US, it’s also referred to as “medium” base or “standard”.

Double-check the fixture you’d like to use with retro bulbs to confirm that it doesn’t require bulbs with a custom socket. A handful of new lighting fixtures are manufactured with custom/proprietary bases meant to work with a specialty bulb.

We love Edison bulbs installed in this fixture from West Elm. Here you can see two styles of our larger Edison bulbs – the “Egg” Style and a Victorian style bulb.

Edison Bulbs installed in a West Elm Mid Century style fixture

Make sure to double check that your fixture isn’t specified with a low current rating before you install incandescent bulbs.

We also enjoyed turning this inexpensive reading lamp into a vintage Mid Century accent lamp.

From this…

To this! (This is a radio tube style bulb.)

Like a great manicure, switching from a standard bulb to retro Edison style turns a basic light fixture into something much more stylish with just a little time and very little work.

Replacing the bulbs is a great trick for apartment dwellers who have basic fixtures but want to jazz them up without making unwelcome changes to their standard lighting. (Nobody wants to risk a deposit!)

Do you have plans to sub out your light bulbs? Be sure to share a photo here or social media!! @christmaslightsource #christmaslightsource

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Shellie Gardner
Aside from throwing dinner parties that feature at least two kinds of cheese dip, Shellie's passions include travel, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and finding the perfect street taco. Has been known to snort laugh champagne.

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