Most people aren't light bulb connoisseurs and have no reason to care what a bulb does or how it does it as long as it a) works and b) gives off the requisite amount of light when it’s on.That's fair enough, but it could lead to missing out on the benefits of all the different types of specialty bulbs out there – like the reflector bulb.What’s a reflector bulb?
Chances are good you’ve seen one, but didn’t quite know what you were looking at. A reflector bulb – also sometimes called a crowned bulb, half-chrome bulb or mirrored bulb – is a light bulb
that’s partially coated with a reflective material.Reflector bulbs can be incandescent
or most any other type, but are often found in these two varieties. And, you can get them in whichever wattage you need.Are there different colored reflectors?
Yes, there are, although it’s more of a design feature than a boon to reflection. For example, half-gold bulbs are also popular, but their reflective properties are similar to those that are silver, black or any other color.The glass may be a different color as well, which will provide various colors of reflected light, but clear is the most popular among the options.How are reflective bulbs used?
That’s the fun part! Reflective bulbs can be used in all sorts of ways, but they’re employed most effectively when paired with another reflective surface. Here are a few ideas:- Use reflective recessed bulbs to direct light into the can, which then reflects the light out and around the bulb to create a diffused, eclipse-like effect.- Try using them with reflective fixtures like dressing-room mirror frames – that way you can see your reflection without the bulbs blinding you.- Put them in your lamps to focus light down and out rather than up through the top of the shade.- Ask a local interior design at Porch.com
how they might use reflector bulbs!Really, though, you can use reflective bulbs in whatever way you want – maybe you’ll find a unique use that’s totally new, and if so let us know!