Do Edison bulbs work in normal fixtures?
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.
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.
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