The porcelain lightbulb of dreams

Update your industrial lamp with a porcelain bulb

Update your industrial lamp with a porcelain bulb

Move over, Edison industrial filament lightbulbs, there’s a new girl in town. It’s all about the porcelain bulbs now. Unlike Edison filament bulbs, they give such a gorgeous diffuse warm glow, which is down to that beautiful matt porcelain glass. And the best part is, they’re LEDs, (light emitting diode) which have a number of environmental benefits over conventional filament bulbs, that I highlight below.

But first, have a look at my new bulb, in all her glory, made by Tala. In fact, I think Tala may be the only manufacturer of porcelain bulbs, at least in the UK. Ok it’s worth admitting upfront that this bulb retails at £35, but as it could last up to 30 years, I thought it was justified. Plus, I used a cheap Clas Ohlson fixture, so the whole lamp was ~£40. Tell me you don’t have a spider ceiling light or industrial lamp knocking around that wouldn’t look ace with one of these?!

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So, what are the environmental benefits of LEDs?

Benefit #1: LEDs use ~90% less energy

People in the energy efficiency world will know all about LEDs, as they’ve been a game changer. But if you didn’t know, now you do: LEDs are the one when it comes to reducing energy use quickly! The 6 Watt Tala bulb I have replaces a 45 Watt halogen or filament bulb, for an 87% reduction in energy use. Saving energy saves carbon, simple as.

Benefit # 2: LEDs last longer

If you’re wondering just how the use of porcelain as the glass for these bulbs is justified, it’s down to the fact that LEDs last far longer than other bulbs. The Tala bulb I have is designed to last 30,000 hours. If it’s on for three hours a day, that’s around 27 years. This also helps explain the cost - at one every 27 years, the higher cost of the porcelain bulbs isn’t actually that bad. Because they last much longer, than other bulbs, LEDs generally mean less resources are needed. This table below shows show the lifetime of typical LEDs stand up to other types of bulbs:

This chart from Integral LED compares the lifetime of different types of bulbs.

This chart from Integral LED compares the lifetime of different types of bulbs.


Saving energy and resources by switching to these gorgeous lightbulbs is a go from me! I’ve got a few industrial filament style bulbs I’m keen to replace, and these are just the ticket. Sneaky trick in case you’ve actually read this far - Oliver Bonas (in the UK) sometimes have Tala bulbs half off! Happy switching. Please leave a comment or drop me a line to let me know if you’ve made this switch!