Mood Turns Modern With LED Filament Lamps
Technology has advanced leaps and bounds in the past few decades and shows no signs of slowing as we develop new and exciting technologies everyday. We're gifted with constantly evolving and improving versions of the technological staples we have grown accustomed to over the years including but certainly not limited to cars, computers and of course (in relevance here) lighting.
There should be no debate that technology is continually getting better but regardless of these improvements in quality and/or efficiency we are constantly returning to outdated versions of these ever developing products for one very specific reason; their style. We can't seem to tear away from the alluring retro or vintage style of so many products, classic cars that guzzle fuel, typewriters have made a debut despite their electronic equivalents superiority and filament globes hang from the ceiling of trendy cafe's and clubs from city to suburb.
We appear to keep placing style over functionality, where our efforts would be better spent melding them together. Filament lamps have an undeniable allure to them. Their warm tone and low light output ooze atmosphere and create a beautiful ambiance. Sadly, due to their aged design they are neither efficient nor durable, lasting at a mere maximum of 1,000 hours these lights require constant maintenance within a busy environment and take an alarming amount of juice to run, many sitting at an average of 40W or more. Given that they are rarely alone and often combined in hanging arrangements, that power draw adds up over the long hours of which a business stays running seven days a week. Thankfully the gap in technology and trending style has closed with the amalgamation of LED efficiency and classic filament glamour. LED filament globes emulate the traditional style with none of the drawbacks associated with these classic incandescent lights, huge improvements in lifespan and efficiency are achieved while still producing the warm inviting tones filament bulbs have become so sought after for. Made from tens of tiny individual LED chips covered by a protective yellow sleeve, combined they produce the same effect a real filament would with the already mentioned benefits associated with LEDS. Achieving the 'best of both worlds' scenario that we so often miss out on. The purist within you might be saying “they're just not the same” right now and you'd be absolutely right, they're better. To stray from a superior product due to some form of allegiance with vintage purity is nonsensical when we're talking about utility based products such as these, though the design and parts may remain outdated the 'vintage' lights swinging amongst the bustling hotspots in food and entertainment venues were most likely manufactured less than a year ago. There's nothing classic about them beyond their limitations. When switched on these LED equivalents will look near identical to the original designs whilst providing a business with much needed breaks in reoccurring costs such as electricity and maintenance.
It's unclear if we'll ever outlive our nostalgic preferences for days gone by and the technology of those times, but we can work to capture that nostalgia within current technology striving for a product where form is not placed above function but nor does function diminish form.