Ferrowatt, a registered trademark of AAMSCO Lighting, Inc., manufactures reproduction light bulbs, replicas of Edison-Era light bulbs and lamps. They use original molds from the early 1900s and offer eight different models. Ferrowatt ‘s incandescent bulbs are ideal for use in museums and historical preservation projects because of their low wattage, (bulbs are available in 30, 40 and 60 watts) and they create an intimate ambiance for spaces like restaurant settings.
Bulb and lamp styles vary in size, light intensity, and voltage to suit specific needs and tastes. These light bulbs cast a soft amber-yellow glow, much like candlelight, which is important when working with light sensitive materials such as works of art, delicate papers, artifacts, etc. (Hence their appropriate place in museums.) In addition, the soft, forgiving light lends itself to a certain mood, an ambiance, an “illusion” if you will. Example: Low lighting + a few
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The Incandescent vs Fluorescent War
That said, not everyone is a fan of these bulbs. While they certainly have their place, not to mention look wicked cool in the right application, they aren’t so great when it comes to energy efficiency. Plenty of environmentalists and green lovers will point out that these bulbs are nothing but energy vampires, regardless of the bulbs’ continuing popularity, as outlined in this New York Times article.
The “Incandescent vs Fluorescent Bulb War” has caused a fair bit of concern recently, but no matter which side of the fence you happen to fall on, at least for now, you still have options. (As the article indicates, it seems that businesses rather than individuals would be immediately affected by pending legislation.)
Ferrowatt’s prices vary and some models include both the lamp and bulb, while others require you to purchase components separately, so it’s best to request a quote for your style of choice. As an example of pricing, the Ferrowatt 1910N – 1910 Antique Replica Light Bulb is available at Amazon for about $10.