When you think of light bulbs, do you think of….well, you probably don’t think much about light bulbs? I mean, incandescent light bulbs haven’t changed much since Thomas Edison invented them in 1878 right?
Light bulbs are there to serve a purpose, light the room – so practical. Rather than using the same old light bulb whose design hasn’t changed in well over 100 years, you can use its beautiful sidekick.
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Introducing silicone light bulbs, the coolest decorative bulbs on the planet that you never knew existed. Silicone bulbs are low-wattage light bulbs dressed up in their Sunday best, primed and ready to show off their realistic flame look. (Article may contain affiliate links. Full disclosure at the end of the post.)
WHAT IS A SILICONE BULB?
The candle light bulbs are small (bulb type c7) glass light bulbs- think little night light bulbs or Christmas bulbs. They’ve been hand-dipped in translucent silicone and hung upside down to dry.
The silicone creates a uniquely beautiful white rubbery coating over the bulbs. Pulling the bulbs from the dip produces these fun flexible silicone tips which make them impossible not to touch. When light travels through the silicone, it produces a steady burning warm glow creating a neat candle flame appearance.
Silicone candle bulbs are used in electric lamps. This single silicone bulb gives the reflector lamp a neat vintage vibe. The perfect set-up for your farmhouse bedside table or primitive decor nightstand.
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WHY USE SILICONE BULBS AS OPPOSED TO REGULAR BULBS?
The short answer is, that they’re much more attractive than regular light bulbs. Regular light bulbs are a great thing to use as the main source of light in your room but when you’re looking for that cozy, soft glow in your setting, silicone bulbs are perfect.
Light bulbs tend to put off a glare that’s not appealing. Low-wattage silicone bulbs don’t have a glare, only a warm light that softens the feel of your space. They give the appearance of a real glowing flame with the convenience of flipping the light switch instead of having to light candles all over the house.
This mantel is in the front room of my farmhouse. I found the vintage tole wall light at an antique store a few years ago and I use the silicone bulbs in it. You can see how the bulbs glow in the fixture, there’s no harsh light and they tend to take on the color of their surrounding. You can see that the fixture is gold and the bulbs have taken on a golden glow.
For more on vintage tole chandeliers, check out my post Vintage Italian Tole Chandeliers and Floral Fixtures- An All-Inclusive Guide.
WHAT FIXTURES DO I USE THE CANDLE LIGHT BULBS IN?
Candle light bulbs are really versatile, they can be used in several types of light fixtures. Most silicone bulbs have an E12 candelabra base. The E stands for Edison and 12 is the diameter of the base in millimeters. With an E12 base, they fit any small based, candelabra size socket and are rated for indoor use.
Tattered Sisters used a mason jar to make this simple country table lamp. The silicone candelabra bulb is the perfect touch for the light fixture. Computer monitors can distort color. The color of the silicone bulb in this photo is the closest to what the bulbs look like in person.
You’ll want to remember, the bulbs are low wattage – a 3, 5, or 7-watt bulb won’t light up a whole room. The low watt bulbs are for decoratively accenting the main light in the room.
CANDLE LIGHT BULBS CAN BE USED IN:
ELECTRIC CANDLE LAMPS AND WINDOW CANDLES
The most popular way to show off your silicone light bulbs is in electric candle lamps and window candles. The bulbs are ideal for everyday use or for the holiday season. They’re great for accessorizing your windows at Christmas or in a spooky black lantern at Halloween.
This is my kitchen window, one of my favorite views in the house. I use silicone candle bulbs day and night in my electric window candle lamps. You can see they have a soft orange color when lit.
Silicone bulbs are very popular in primitive decor. By primitive, I mean folk art style with an early Americana feel. The style features a muted color palette – darker reds and greens with a vintage flair. The candle bulbs fit perfectly against the dark backdrop creating a charming country accent to everything they light up. Primitive decorators love the bulbs in lanterns, chandeliers, electric candles, etc.
Farmhouse decorating is a lot like primitive style decor – natural woods and vintage decor. Instead of muted colors though, creams and whites are the featured color palette. Silicone bulbs fit right in with the lived-in, cozy style of farmhouse decorating. The bulbs look really beautiful in chandeliers, nightstand lamps, and wall sconces.
I found this white-washed farmhouse lantern from a shop called My Bubblegum Bursts on Etsy. The look of the night light bulb in the lantern looks dramatic against the farmhouse decor.
Since the bulbs produce a soft light, they’re ideal to use as night lights. Whether you like the old-fashioned night light with the plastic white cover and on/off switch or the fancy new night lights, these bulbs look great in both. You can see below the night light I use in my kitchen.
I bought the stained glass night light from the J Devlin Glass Art Store on Amazon. The silicone bulb lights up the night light beautifully. The store description states that the night light features chips of stained glass meticulously arranged onto the translucent clear glass and fired in a kiln permanently bonding the pieces and softening the edges of the night light.
CHANDELIERS AND WALL LIGHTS
Silicone candle bulbs look beautiful in all kinds of chandeliers and wall lights (sconces). The flexible tip, flame shape of the bulbs make the chandeliers glow like they were lit up by candles. This iron chandelier is in my den. The silicone bulbs create a beautiful reflection on my tin ceiling.
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Since the silicone bulbs are normally 7 watts or less, they’re the ideal bulb for an accent lamp. They’re not the main source of light in the room, they’re the beauty- the soft glow in the corner. Perfect for a bedside table or buffet lamp.
Keep your eyes peeled when you’re out and about. These unassuming little bulbs are used in restaurants, hotels, museums, coffee shops, and bars.
WHERE DO I USE THE SILICONE BULBS?
Candle light bulbs are great in an electric window candle but they can also be used in any room of the house.
The bulbs are charming for a kitchen lamp or night light and they’re beautiful in a bedside lamp or on a small table in the hallway too.
Silicone bulbs are used in this covered porch lantern. The glow at night looks so intriguing from the street. *Note – The glass fixture has an opening and is not fully enclosed, there is space for the heat to escape.
HOW DO I USE THE SILICONE LIGHT BULBS?
Like any other regular light bulb, silicone candle bulbs screw into the candelabra socket of your favorite light fixture. They can be used as replacement bulbs in chandeliers, wall lights, lamps, lanterns, and window candles.
WHERE CAN I BUY THE SILICONE BULBS?
Places to purchase LightLady Studio silicone light bulbs (Free Shipping)
If Amazon is your favorite – click above to purchase the candlelight bulbs through our store on Amazon. You can see that LightLady Studio has over 1500 Reviews with a 4 1/2+ Star rating. We also have the Amazon Choice Badge on our listing so you can feel safe and secure when making your purchase.
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We offer incandescent bulbs in white and gold. We also offer LED bulbs in white.
Feel free to email, text, or call 615-405-8095 if any questions arise. I will personally answer your call and together we can work through any questions you may have.
Customers love our silicone light bulbs and leave us glowing reviews (ha! pun intended):
- I love the warm lighting on my windowsills. The bulbs look inviting and cozy.
- Customer service is great!
- I was very pleased with a well-made and well-packaged product.
Now that you know about the coolest little light bulbs on the planet and where to get them, I’d love to hear from you. Where do you use your silicone light bulbs?
Until Next Time-
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