See the Difference a Bulb Makes

It only takes one to change a light bulb, but there are dozens of bulbs to choose from. Here’s some help!

At Wimberley Glassworks, our bulbs of choice are fluorescent and LED. The following are some advantages and disadvantages of each.

Fluorescent Bulbs

  • energy efficient
  • long life
  • dimming capabilities are becoming available
  • range of warm to cool tone options
  • wide range in bulb size

LED Bulbs

  • uses less energy than fluorescent
  • costs more but longer life than fluorescent
  • offers dimming capabilities
  • warm or cool tone options
  • one size available, may not fit into a small shade

Choosing between a warm or cool bulb is what can dramatically affect the color of your art glass shade.

Warm light is more yellow, cool light is more blue, and soft light is an in between. Both shades in the examples above are the same glass color pattern, which is Monet Aqua over Amber. The shade on the left is lit with a warm bulb, the shade in the middle is lit with a soft white bulb, and the shade on the right is lit with a cool bulb. (At Lowe’s and Home Depot the bulbs are classified as Warm/Soft White, Soft/Bright White, Cool/Daylight.) You can see the difference that the bulb tone alone makes.

The right combination of colors is what you need when lighting your art glass.

The yellow in the warm bulb brings out warm colors such as yellow, red and orange. Using a warm bulb in cool colored glass that has blue, green and purple will result in greenish and muddy and muted colors.

The blue light in the cool bulb brings out cool colors such as blue, green and purple. Using a cool bulb in warm colored glass such as red, yellow and orange will result in a greenish, yellow green, or muddy and muted colors.

For example, Warm bulbs are best for Random Trail and China Red. Soft White is best for Sunset. Cool bulbs are best for China Blue and Monets. Riverstone displays more sea foam green with a warm bulb and more aqua blue with a cool bulb.

Use the bulb that enhances the color you want most out of your shade. An easy way to make a choice is to test both a warm bulb and a cool bulb in your lighting, and see first hand which best creates that feeling of ambiance.

Hope this information has been helpful. We're available at the gallery to answer any of your art glass questions if you would like to call.

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