If there is one restaurant design trend that I object to, it’s the hanging of dozens of bare old-fashioned bulbs like this in Toronto’s Guu Izakaya. They take the most inefficient bulbs one can find and cover the ceiling with them. I admit that it looks terrific, and that people really look good under the warm bulbs. But it is so wasteful.
Edison Light Globes/Promo image
The shaped glass is exactly like a traditional standard round and fits regular light fittings with good representation of colors. Therefore the bulb is fantastic for atmospheric lighting, in a multi-bulb pendant light, as well as discreet lighting.
It has a very warm vintage color at 2200 Kelvin, (normal incandescent bulbs are 2700K, so these are really warm.) At 375 lumens these are decorative rather than effective light sources, but I bet filling a ceiling with them would look terrific. They have a color rendition index of a ridiculously high 94.9, (incandescents are 100, the LEDs in my house are about 80) these are as close to incandescent as any LED I have seen.
I count 40 bulbs in that Guu photo above; that’s 2 kilowatts of power savings that could come off the electric bill and the air conditioning load in that example. I really think that even for theatrical, atmospheric installations like this, the incandescent bulb is truly dead.