Posted by Doug Root on 2nd Oct 2020

A Quick Look into Chandelier Light Bulbs

What sets the mood better than some wisely chosen chandelier light bulbs? Walk into a well-lit vestibule or a dining area that is laid out for company, and though you might take the ambiance of the lighting for granted, it really helps to set the mood. Whether for form or function, there is more to a setting than the physical decor. Lighting makes up a huge component of the spirit of a setting.

Whether you are a fan of the gentle amber glow of some of those carefully engineered incandescent bulbs or you love the energy savings of some LED replacements, here at Atlanta Light Bulbs, we can offer you a number of different styles in chandelier bulbs. Best of all, if you can’t find what you’re looking for after reading this, we’d be more than happy to help you answer any questions you might have about the process of finding the right bulbs.

What They Are

Chandelier light bulbs, which are also sometimes called candle bulbs, are a relatively loosely defined class of different types of specialty bulbs that are sometimes used in chandeliers and other similar lighting fixtures. Many of them are still incandescent, but there are other types of bulbs out there, and some of the modern replacements for these aging styles are LEDs.

The long and short of it is that you can’t just take any old household incandescent bulb and patch it into one of your decorative light fixtures. Not only will it not fit (we’ll get to that shortly) but it probably won’t look too nice, and since this is all about ambiance, that’s a critical factor.

In addition, many candle bulbs draw less power than standard household lamp equivalents, so they really wouldn’t be cross-compatible.

In a nutshell, these types of bulbs are meant to look nice and to be operational with your household lighting fixtures.

Bulb Bases

Besides the rating of the bulb that will specify how much power it will draw (and will be related to how much heat it will give off as a byproduct), the most important thing to know about these different types of bulbs is that they have different bases.

When you look at most of these types of bulbs, you will notice that they are delineated by a letter and a number. For the most post, the letter explains the shape of the bulb (about which we will talk in a moment) whereas the number indicates the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch.

For example, if you are looking at a C7 bulb, then the bulb in question is one of these very recognizable candle bulbs that is ⅞ of an inch in diameter - see the picture at the top of this article. At the same time, if you are looking at a CA10, then that bulb is 1 and 2/8 in diameter or 10/8 of an inch across.

In addition, the base of the bulb will indicate its fitness for a given situation. For example, the bulb pictured above (a C7 bulb) has an E12 base. Most chandelier light bulbs that you are going to come across - but not all - have either E12 or E26 style bases, arguably with the majority having E12 bases.

In case you were wondering, the E stands for Edison and the number indicates the diameter of the base in millimeters. Therefore, the E12 bulb pictured above has a 12mm wide base. The base is a critical feature that will impact whether a bulb can or cannot fit into a fixture, but remember, all of the other power ratings still matter.

Bulb Shapes

One more thing to keep in mind is that the bulb shape matters as well, although shape matters only on the basis of personal preference. That is unless there is an issue wherein a given fixture cannot accommodate larger bulbs. For example, if you are looking for a candle flame tip bulb or a bent tip bulb, then you should stick with bulbs that have a CA affixed to them, as these are shaped accordingly.

Conversely, if the shape doesn’t matter to you too much, you could go with B, C, or F style bulbs that lack a flame tip. In fact, if you can find compatible globe bulbs, you can even go with these.

We Can Help!

Whether you’re looking for energy-efficient LED light bulbs with great, warm color temperature to replace your aging incandescent chandelier bulbs or you just want a quick fix for a light that went out, you can find what you need here.

Even if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for after reading this article, you can get in touch with our team for a little more information. Just give us a call today at 1-888-988-2852 if you need some direction and we’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction!