Madking Edison-Style Filament 60W Incandescent Bulb (6-pack)

I’ve been a fan of Edison-Style filament bulbs from the moment I saw them. They are so intricate, delicate, and beautiful and bring a little bit of fancy into an otherwise utilitarian object. And while pretty incandescent bulbs are now quite in vogue, it wasn’t too long ago that they were quite hard to come by. I was thrilled to get to try a new set with a different design, but alas, all Edison-style bulbs are not created equal.

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At first, everything was perfect. Most of my light fixtures now had some version of Edison-Style lights in them. They have a standard (E26) base as well as a standard (A19) bulb shape. They run on standard 120V power and are supposed to be rated for up to 3,000 hours (more on that later). The Madking bulbs were a little brighter, but a little extra light in a room can be a good thing. Then the first bulb blew out, just a couple of days after I put it in. I chalked that up to rough handling from shipping, but a few days later, the replacement blew out as well. Then another went in a separate fixture. So unless every bulb had the bejeezus shaken out of it during shipping, there must be a defect in the materials somewhere. I’m hesitant now to put them back into fixtures, because what’s the point if they only last a few days to a week? A quick check of the reviews on Amazon shows that this is a pretty common occurance, and while Madking seems to be great about shipping replacements, those seem to sometimes blow out just as fast. The last thing I want to be doing in dragging out the stepstool every few days and replace more bulbs. That’s not a merry-go-round I want to ride, thanks.

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It’s a shame these didn’t last better or longer, because while they work, they’re beautiful. While they are a tad brighter than I would like, they are at a nice intersection where form meets function, without either really taking precedence over the other. If they could just figure out why they burn out so fast and fix that, Madking has a real winner on their hands.

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Enlightened Ambience 60 Watt Antique Edison Style Light Bulb

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Everyone has “a thing” for something. For Hubby it’s watches, Leatherman tools, and flashlights. For me, I have a thing for antique-style lightbulbs, among other things. I know, weird. But they are just so beautiful to see, a real neat conversation piece that can take a drab or utilitarian light fixture and really make it pop. I’ve tried some of Enlightened Ambience’s bulbs before, and to say I’m a fan would be a huge understatement. And these medium-base Edison-Style bulbs are my absolute favorite yet.

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As I mentioned, a ho-hum pendant lamp can be made a statement piece with a gorgeous bulb. And while LED lights appeal to my inner cheapskate as far as energy consumption and long life, sometimes you need beauty for beauty’s sake. Enlightened Ambience understands this and has made a line of bulbs that, no matter the fixture, bulb size or shape, look like works of art. These Antique-style bulbs feature a Squirrel cage tungsten vertical filament pattern, that when lit look jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The standard medium e-26 base will fit just about all average light fixtures with ease, and the best part? They’re dimmable! Light dimmers not only make for a very personalized lighting arrangement, but can significantly extend the life of a bulb so long as one doesn’t turn them on at full power each time. I use dimmers with a gradual rise to the pre-set lighting level, and consequently go many, many years between replacing bulbs. And I wouldn’t want to miss a single minute of these bulb’s estimated 3,000 hour life. And the light-smoke finish on the glass means they’ll look as sharp off as they do on. I love these bulbs, and if I didn’t have so many closed lighting fixtures I’d put them in every room in the house. The light they give off is pleasant and warm, and make the rooms I have them in feel so much more cozy!

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Like I said, Enlightened Ambience gave us something that is beautiful for the sake of being beautiful, where once we simply thought it was utilitarian. There’s nothing wrong with making a necessity like a lightbulb into something that puts a smile on your face every time it lights up a room.

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OxyLED’s MH20 LED Headlamp w/ Motion Sensor

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Hubby, as we have established, is a flashlight nut. Little did I know, though, that this would extend to headlamps, too. However, there are few things as helpful and handy as a good, well made headlamp. And while OxyLED has made some real quality (and handy) products, for us, this one is just a little lacking, and I’ll go over why right here.

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To start, it seems almost every smaller company fudges a little when it comes to reported lumen counts. Without professional equipment, you simply cannot accurately get an idea of how many lumens a particular light is. For instance, my husband’s 1st generation SureFire LED flashlight puts out about 80 lumens. SureFire is a pretty reliable brand, and their lumen outputs are also reliable. So it was a little surprising, then, that pointing both the SureFire and this OxyLED “200 lumen” headlamp at a bare wall, and finding the SureFire almost as bright. Now, to be fair, a great many things affect how much actual light is put out by an LED lamp. Quality of lens (this one is plastic, which doesn’t lend itself to longevity), quality of reflector (Again, more plastic), and quality of battery powering it (Alkaline batteries vs. lithium ion). So while the LED emitter in the headlamp might be rated for 200 lumens, it’s doubtful the output would be anywhere close to that. The throw of light is decent, and goes for about 120 feet before dissipating and becoming too diffuse to be useful. The beam isn’t that tight, either, and the headband mine came with had some little jagged bits that scratched Hubby’s head. The three AAA batteries used to power the headlamp are mounted in the rear, and the rubber-ish plastic case cover for the battery barely closes well and will do little to keep out serious rain or moisture. But, the upside is that it’s very affordable, light, and for the price puts out a decent amount of light that is useful in small, spaces, like a garage, or attic. It has a high, low, and strobe setting (ug, that strobe setting will make you nauseous after a while, too.). It doesn’t have any memory, so you must cycle through the settings with each use. It also has a motion sensing feature that turns the lamp on if it detects motion. I’m not sure how useful this feature would be to others, but for us, while being kind of neat, was also kind of useless.

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Overall, while it could be useful, and is a great low-cost option for occasional use, there are better options out there that will last you longer and perform better, albeit for more money. While I liked the OxyLEd MH20 LED headlamp, I feel there’s some real drawbacks to it, enough so that if you plan on using it often or relying on it, you’re better served with another brand. However, keep in mind that OxyLED offers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, a 12 Month Replacement Warranty, as well as their Lifetime Support Guarantee.

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Enlightened Ambience: Antique Edison Style Chandelier 40 Watt Light Bulbs #Review #EnjoyLight

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As much as I like to save energy, I don’t feel that all bulbs have achieved the best make-over. Many of the LED kind are chunky in appearance and don’t provide soothing light. I want to be able to see true colors when I’m looking at objects, foods or even what I’m wearing. When I changed bulbs around the home and we have many, many, light fixtures, I had to find the proper balance. Our dining room lighting was changed first and the LED lights made food look unappealing and when we started to question if something was black in color or sort of bluish, we had to change bulbs back to just normal incandescent. Same for the expensive LEDs I replaced in the hallway thinking it’s the lights we use more, so I could save more. Wrong! Within 2 months, one light bulb started to flicker when in use and would stop within a few seconds. Then this extended to flickering all the time and even though the bulb’s box stated a 20 some so lifespan, it causing a strobe effect made me walk in the dark half the time and lets just say the moment I turned ahead of time and met the wall…..well, I went back to just plain old normal lights.

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We paid a lot for our fixtures and some I want to look as nice as can be. This goes for the chandelier style lantern we have outside in the front. I don’t want to blind my neighbors every time they exit their home either, but I want to be able to see well when night comes. At 40 watts and being that it’s a 3-lighted lantern, the bulbs from Enlightened Ambience fit the bill both look wise and cost.

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Enlightened Ambience provides the consumer with 6 bulbs with each having a lifetime of around 3,000 hours. The E-12 style bulbs are beautiful both on or even when they are off. The tips of the bulbs are “flame tip” style and they have that old fashion look, where you get that light amber glass colored look and the filament is just gorgeous. The bulbs make me smile and verify how much I love the lantern we purchased. The filament has that spiral shape that separates it from the usual incandescent bulbs you commonly purchase, making the light bulb itself add beauty to any fixture you own. The light bulbs from Enlightened Ambience can be used with dimming switches and suitable for both indoor and outdoors use. No limits and using 3 bulbs with my fixture did zero to make my bill go up or down.

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Retail Price Point: $36.00 for a set of six via Amazon. For a limited time, save $10.00 when you purchase 1 or more Qualifying items offered by Enlightened Ambience. Enter code C2HZAI6D at checkout. Check the posting here for promotion details.

These antique style bulbs come in a box that carefully secures each bulb in place with custom fittend (cut-outs) foam, plus the box has been created to mimic the same old fashion style as the bulbs. From the fonts and coloring, nothing was spared with Enlightened Ambience and every bulb shined perfectly right out of the box because I tested each one. You will love that smoky look and it really changes any lighting fixture for the better!

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