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Filament bulbs go well with urban and industrial-style interiors. Check out these filament-style lamps, and where to buy them.

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Original Article: Kamila Garcia Photography: Dairy Darilag & Michael Angelo Chua (main photos)

Industrial design has quickly become one of the popular interior style choices for homes, stores, and restaurants. You will surely spot a specific type of light bulb that is heavily used in these types of interiors: the filament bulb.

A filament bulb is a type of light bulb that uses a filament (a conducting wire or thread with a high melting point) to produce light. It is also called an incandescent bulb. But don’t mistake the filament bulb as a recent hipster creation—it is more than a hundred years old, and its earliest form was the Edison Bulb, named after Thomas Alva Edison, the man who is most well known for the invention of the light bulb in 1879.

Since everyone is leaning towards sustainable living, consumers are more inclined to choose energy-efficient bulbs. There are LED bulbs available locally that have the look of filament bulbs. While saving on energy, these LED types give that stripped-down, utilitarian look and warm glow of traditional incandescent filament bulbs. To get these LED filament bulbs, try Philips, which sell for P329 to P599 at Wilcon Depot, or get filament bulbs at Décor.

Aside from complementing raw, industrial-design styles, glowing filament bulbs exude warmth and evoke a feeling of nostalgia. To add a more polished (but still-industrial) look, choose contemporary pendant lamps that use filament bulbs. Here are five shining examples:

Sleek and white with touches of wood



Industrial-style design need not be rugged; you can add a modern twist to it by using this sleek lamp with smooth curves and seamless surfaces. Use this lamp in a room with light-colored walls to achieve a modern, industrial-chic charm.

Seuss II White Pendant Lamp, P2,995, Match Contract

Old-world, Victorian-style light



There’s a beauty to interiors that find the balance between classical-rustic and industrial. The traditional-looking details give this lamp a Victorian-barnyard feel. This dark and masculine lamp will work well in a home office or a man-cave.

Rustic Light, P1,999.75, Wilcon Depot

Elegant, amber glass



This amber-glass-shaded lamp that’s perfect for dining areas where you want to create a warm mood. It diffuses the light it gives off because of its casing, making the space feel more intimate. Hang these together in groups to become the focal point of the room.

Glass Droplight, P3,172.80, Illuminati Technique

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Caged beauty



Industrial style can be heavy and gothic, and this type of lamp, with its dramatic caged shade, resembles the hanging chandeliers of cathedrals from the Middle Ages. Hang this lamp above a console table to add drama.

Caged Light, P3,650, Azcor

Factory-style with hints of Scandinavia


Now this one boasts true industrial design, as it looks like a factory lamp. But the raw, pale wood and polished metal shade give it a Scandinavian look, too. Try hanging this in a clean, minimalist-style bachelor’s pad or reading nook.

Aminado Pendant Lamp, P5,800, Space Encounters

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