|A Bradley & Hubbard Rayo Hurricane Lamp.|
Now, the growing availability of energy efficient lighting has made it possible to promote these old lamps to primary lighting sources for a room. The twisty, compact fluorescent lights were the first generation of these new bulbs that allowed the equivalent of 75 or 100 "watts" of light at a power draw of well under 25w. And for those who have anathema to overhead lighting and use a lot of lamps , not only is the lower wattage appreciated, but the significantly longer life is as well.
The new LED (light emitting diodes) lights have gone even further, and have just recently become bright enough, cheap enough (although still not cheap), silent enough, and warm enough to become the default lighting option for many houses. They don't have the mercury used by the CFL lights, turn on instantly, and are dimmable. (Some may still appreciate the gradually brightening CFL bulbs in bathroom fixtures for first thing in the morning, but that is a different issue.)
|Old lamps were built for lower power draws, so a 3 watt bulb is perfect.|
Another advantage of the LED bulbs over the CFLs is the physical shape of the bulb.
This old tin lamp required a bulb that supported a shade.
|This bulb fit.|
|Buy them slowly and find the best spot for each.|
|One LED bulb that "focused " light too brightly upward on many fixtures worked perfectly in this hurricane style lamp.|
|Old lamps can be saved from landfills; less electricity is consumed by a house.|
|LEDs provide different color temperatures. While the yellow light of incandescent bulbs can be successfully copied (2400 to 2700K), perhaps downstairs lights will get slightly more white.|
- Amazon LED Bulb Store (although compare prices with other stores, as all are in flux): <http://amzn.to/1KQUgCW>