Thomas Edison is dead but his ghost lives on in your light bulbs

Posted on January 12, 2014

Edison light bulbs

Thomas Alva Edison didn’t invent the light bulb. But, in 1880, he made electric light practical by developing an incandescent bulb that burned for 1,200 hours. That’s history. And, it’s unimportant. Actually, it’s important. Very important. Just not important here.

Humans are fickle. Someone devises something. People love it. Someone makes it better. People abandon the old for the new. This cycle repeats and repeats. Then, a future someone says, “Hey, remember that old thing a bunch of old things ago, that looked cool. Let’s bring that back.”  And, we do.

Edison light bulbs have resurfaced. And, they are justifiably in vogue. Each bulb has an intricate filament structure, such as “square cage” and “quad loop.” They emit a soft, warm light.  Compared to ordinary bulbs, Edison bulbs aren’t cheap, but they are so nifty.

To aptly exhibit an Edison bulb, you need a nice pendant lamp. We at G@H like this Industrial Glass Pendant from West Elm and this Edison Glass Pendant Gunmetal from Restoration Hardware. Instead, though, we constructed our own using a Hemma cord set from IKEA and Bulbrite Nostalgic bulbs.

Over here, it feels like the 1890s all over again or, well, Portland.


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