Posted by Doug Root on 3rd Dec 2020

An Introduction to LED Chandelier Light Bulbs

If you didn’t realize, many lighting fixtures are trending the way of LED lights, and decorative fixtures are no exception to that rule. If you have chandeliers or similar light fixtures in your home, there’s a very good chance you could switch out your current incandescent light bulbs or even halogen bulbs for LED chandelier light bulbs.

In fact, you might be able to do so with no modification to your current infrastructure whatsoever, as many replacements are plug and play options. In addition, advances in technology have made the LED bulbs of today far superior to the LED bulbs of yesteryear, offering the same color temperature and ambiance as the bulbs they are designed to replace.

Still, to replace them, you need to know a little bit about the replacements themselves, so for that reason, we’re going to give you a short introduction to the LED bulbs that are designed for use in chandeliers.

Base Type

Base type is probably the number one thing that will determine if you can make a replacement with LED light bulbs since, even if everything else lines up, without the right base type, you can’t even screw the light bulb into the fixture.

The two base types you are likely to come across are both known as candelabra bases, and they are the E12 base and the E26 base. You may also hear the E26 base referred to as a medium screw base because it is slightly wider than the E12 base. It’s hard to say which is more common, as it really depends upon the fixture, but the E12 may have the edge.

Still, that’s no reason to gamble, because if you get the wrong light you won’t be able to use it. It’s best to be sure. Take one of your light bulbs out of the chandelier and check the base, where it should be marked. If it isn’t marked, get a ruler out. The E12 is 12mm wide and the E26 is 26mm wide, both of which should not come as too much of a surprise.

If you’re still not sure, give us a call and have the brand and model of the light bulb ready to offer us so we can help put you in touch with lights that will actually serve as a replacement for it.

Equivalent Wattage and Voltage

LED lights draw much less power than incandescent and halogen lights, which is one of the reasons that people love them so much. Still, you need to be sure that the light you choose matches the equivalent wattage and voltage of the light you are going to replace. You can see that in our listing of LED chandelier light bulbs. Click on a product, then click on specs on the product page, and you can see that information listed out.

To find that on the light you are replacing, it will be prominently displayed on the box that the original light bulbs came in, although it should also be marked somewhere on the base of the bulb.

Dimmable

Not all LED chandelier light bulbs are dimmable, which might not matter to you, but if it does, make sure you get a model that has dimmability features. Like the base type, you can see these listed on the product page for any given LED light bulb.

Click on a product, check the specs and you can see if the bulb will work with your current configuration and is dimmable.

Color Temperature

Color temperature is another important thing to keep in mind, and you need to weigh this if you’re going to make a replacement. This is especially important because while bulbs of the wrong base type or equivalent voltage and wattage will not work with your current fixture if they don’t match, you’ll be able to get many different compatible options in color temperatures. You don’t want to pick out some replacement bulbs only to hate the result. Again, you can check the color temperature in the product listing under specs.

Try an LED Filament Bulb!

In the event that your fixture takes LED filament bulbs, also known as Edison bulbs, you’re in luck. We also carry LED filament bulbs in our collection of LED bulbs, in whatever shape, color temperature, and base type you could need. Check out our collection and give us a call if you need more direction!

Give Us a Call!

If you need help replacing your chandelier bulbs - or your other incandescent bulbs - give us a call and let us know what’s confusing you. We’ll help you get to the bottom of it and set you up with a solution that is practical and works for you.

Check out our blog where you can learn more about making upgrades and replacements, and if you still have questions, call us up at 1-888-988-2852!

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