In 2010 New York Magazine’s Grub Street column asked a question that already weighed heavily in the minds of designers and restauranteurs: “Lights out on the Edison Bulb?

The conversation began with a New York Times article written in June of the same year exploring the history of the trend, chalking up its beginning in high profile New York City eateries like Craft in Grammercy park, Public in Nolita or Spotted Pig in the West Village. But even in 2010, the backlash against the Edison lamp was already in full throttle, with designers, restauranteurs and environmental scientists alike, speaking out against an environmentally irresponsible trend that has exploded all over the world. The Times article quoted national hospitality empire owner Charlier Palmer who “recently dissauded a designer from using them in a new space. “That happened 20 years ago,” he recalled saying. “It’s been done.”

And though the allure of the inexpensive and nostalgic warmth of the Edison bulb has spread, now even into private residences, it’s important that we remain innovative as well as environmental responsibility. Here are our favourite alternatives to the Edison Bulb—a list of cost effective pendants that have polish and personality.

And if you still feel like you’re missing that old-timey feel, take restauranteur Ken Friedman’s advise and “just light real candles, you know?”



Metalarte Sentry Pendants designed by Christiaan+Planck


Roll & Hill Bluff City Pendant designed by Jonah Takagi


Fabbian Bijou Pendants designed by Prospero Rasulo


Vibia Nobel Pendant designed by Prospero Rasulo


Flos Mini Can Can Pendants designed by Marcel Wanders



Foscarini Gregg Pendant by designed by LUDOVICA+ROBERTO PALOMBA