What is LED Filament Technology?

LED Lightbulbs

Often, artists and designers seek the intersection of form and function — a perfect symmetry of aesthetics and utility. Examples of this delicate balance can show up almost anywhere, including an ordinary household light bulb. A recent advance known as LED filament technology gets the credit for bringing this symmetry to bulbs.

LED Lightbulbs That Resembles an Incandescent Bulb … What’s Going On?

LED filament bulbs incorporate our love of the familiar and our simultaneous desire to leap forward into an improved future. The LED lightbulbs achieve this feat by generating light via tiny LED emitters configured on a strip to resemble a conventional filament. This advanced process is called Chip on Glass (COG) technology. The tiny light emitters are powered utilizing a familiar-looking, blown-glass insulated circuit. It looks like a conventional incandescent bulb; connects like a conventional incandescent bulb. But as we’ll see, there’s much more going on behind that glass.

As with conventional incandescents, LED filament bulbs come in various sizes and shapes. They also are available in a range of color temperatures, making them particularly advantageous for combining and mixing different colors in a given space. When going for the vintage look, LED filament bulbs with a very warm temperature of 2200K create an ideal ambiance. For restaurants, retail stores, and homes, these bulbs are perfect for vintage fixtures that would look awkward lit by futuristic-looking LED bulbs.

LED Lightbulbs have the Beauty and Brains

While LED filament bulbs share the incandescent bulb aesthetic, they are light years ahead when it comes to performance and intelligence. The majority of LED filament bulbs are rated between 15,000-40,000 hours, leaving the 500-1,000 hour incandescent bulbs in the dust. The same holds true for efficiency, with the LEDs requiring a mere 7-10 watts to generate the same amount of light produced by a 60-watt incandescent.

Unlike conventional LEDs, LED filament bulbs are omnidirectional, meaning they transmit light in all directions. As such, they’re ideal for table lamps and fixtures that must project light in a 360-degree space. Equally advantageous is the steady, flicker-free light produced by LED filament bulbs (courtesy of a component called an electrolytic capacitor), making them much easier on the eyes than flicker-prone lighting solutions.

In the area of color accuracy, LED filament bulbs again score high, achieving an 80 on the color rendering index. This level is on a par with that of conventional LED bulbs.

Boasting both aesthetic appeal and significant performance advantages, LED filament bulbs represent a flawless intersection of form and function — vintage look and advanced engineering. The best of both worlds. You’ll discover this delicate balance with LED filament bulbs from Lighting Science. Whether for business, school, or home, they blend the past and the future into a truly unique, high-end lighting experience.

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