The Edison Bulb: Awesome Then, Still Awesome Now

Illustration for article titled The Edison Bulb: Awesome Then, Still Awesome Now

The lightbulb Thomas Edison debuted in 1879 is pretty different from the standard lightbulb we use today. But the Edison—or Ferrowatt—inspired bulbs still look amazing over a century later, and you can still get your hands on replicas today.

Instead of an intense white or yellow glow, Edison bulbs emit an amber hue that gives any room a warm, relaxed atmosphere. More than just a source of light, the filaments are often the center of the bulb's aesthetic appeal, since they're visible and not blinding. They come in a few different form factors, but the best of the bunch is the four-coil bulb, which looks like a radioactive spring inside a glass bubble.


OK, sure, maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe these aren't the greenest objects known to man, but we can all have one or two in our lives, right?

Image via Flickr/Alexander Bohn

Share This Story

Get our `newsletter`


Nick Foote

Edison: Giant Douche then, Still Douche Now