Bright Idea: Exposed Bulb Fixtures

With minimalism trending these days – streamlined cabinets, pared-down decor, sleek everything – it’s no wonder that so many fittings and fixtures are going back to basics. In years past, an unadorned wall would be unfinished; today it’s all about the “clean lines.” One noticeable manifestation of this style: the exposed bulb fixture.

Bare bulbs may make you (and many others) automatically think of swinging, cobwebbed lights in neglected or abandoned (and, of course, haunted) houses, but these fixtures are anything but eerie. They’re stripped down to the basics – cord and bulb – but manage to be visually interesting when done right.

Unconvinced? Check these out.

Colored cords, varied lengths, and exposed bulbs give this modern kitchen a playful and finished vibe:

Dining Room by LeichtUSA

A play on the traditional chandelier, this fixture is both elegant and bold:

Edison Chandelier by Pottery Barn

Bright red gathered cords give these bulbs a fixture appearance:

Kitchen by REFINED LLC

Striking Edison bulbs replace traditional pendants to make a statement over this island:

Kitchen by mango design co

The clean simplicity of these bulbs complement the pendants in the adjoining space without overwhelming the room:

Dining Room by jessop architects

Typical light fixture not your thing? Remove the fabric or paper from the shade, paint the frame, and create a unique centerpiece!

Photo credit: Marder
And the exposed bulb is not just for ceilings; they’ve infiltrated the table and wall lamp camps, too:
Flos Lampadina Table Lamp
Sticky Lamp by Droog; photo credit: Bracco

No haunted-house creepiness here, right?