Choosing the Right Crystal Chandelier Bulb

There are many different types of light bulbs on the market.  With so many light bulbs these days, choosing the right crystal chandelier bulb can be rather confusing.  Are energy efficient bulbs the best choice for my capiz shell or beaded chandelier?  How do I know which chandelier bulb to select that’s  best for my crystal chandelier?   Should I use an LED, halogen, incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb?  Additionally, how do I know what type of light bulb base and size should I use?  The list of questions can go on forever.  Our blog series will answer these questions and more.

The lamping (light bulb type and wattage) is found on all GLOW® light fixture packaging, instructions and specs.  When shopping for bulbs online or at a store, choosing the right light bulb for your particular crystal chandelier is vital.  Refer to our article the Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide for more information about crystal lighting fixtures.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Light Bulb

Choosing the right light bulb customized flush mounted master bath wind chime modern glass chandelier with midnight iron frame

Choosing the right light bulb customized flush mounted master bath wind chime modern glass chandelier with midnight iron frame

Choosing the right light bulb for your fixture is the best way to achieve the desired effect for your room.  The bulb affects the light output; atmosphere and ambiance of a room.  You have to determine what the needs of the space are.  Is the light fixture purely decorative or will it be used as a main light source?  What will give your crystal chandelier brilliance and sparkle? 

Over the course of our light bulb series, we will be answering all your questions and give insights and general information.   This article is an overview of the different types of bulbs that are suitable for capiz shell;  beaded and crystal chandeliers, ceiling lights and wall sconces. Lastly, learn about our crystal chandeliers and the impact the right bulb has on them.

In addition, our chandelier bulbs blog series will give you our opinion on the pros and cons of the various types of bulbs.  Most importantly, we think in the long run, a little bit of research beforehand will save time and money.

Types of Light Bulbs

Not sure what type of bulb to use in your light fixture?  Selecting chandelier bulbs for your crystal light fixture may sound confusing.  Chandelier light bulbs come in a wide variety of shapes; sizes and styles.  There are many choices when it comes to selecting the proper crystal chandelier light bulb for your specific needs.

That being said, our website highlights the particular bulb typed needed for each product.  Simply click on Additional Information and all the specs for the light fixture will be highlighted.

Depending on the style, our tradition design chandeliers, wall sconces and ceiling lights use incandescent chandelier bulbs or medium base.  On the flip side, most of our modern chandeliers have a GU10 socket. The majority of our modern and traditional light fixtures are LED replacement bulb compatible.

Incandescent Bulbs

Types of light bulbs traditional kitchen with midnight iron Chateau chandelier and pendants for Regina Sturrock Design

Incandescent bulbs  are the most familiar type of household bulb. The  styles are: chandelier or candelabra bulbs; standard bulbs such as “A” or “G” and lastly flood lamps.  These bulbs have a screw in base and are easy to install.  For incandescent bulbs the wire filament is heated, then the light is emitted.  The light bulbs are available in clear or frosted.  I always recommend a good quality clear bulb as opposed to frosted as it allows the crystal to pop.

Although incandescent bulbs are the least energy efficient, it doesn’t mean they don’t have a place in your decision making.


Halogen bulbs are technically incandescent bulbs, but are slightly more energy efficient and last longer lasting.  A halogen bulb has a glass envelope with gas inside the envelope.  As skin oils can cause a halogen bulb to burn out, the glass portion of the glass shouldn’t be touched with a bare hand.

Clear halogen bulbs are the perfect choice for many of our modern crystal chandeliers; ceiling lights and sconces.  The light output from the GU10 base bulbs play up our crystal, shell and beaded trimmings. Furthermore,  I always recommend a 50 watt GU10 clear halogen bulb.


Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL bulbs) use less energy than incandescent bulbs and produce less heat as well. However, they are not as energy efficient than LED. They are spiral shaped and bulky looking.  Keep in mind, CFL bulbs are primarily for light fixtures that are shaded or covered. When selecting light bulbs for a chandelier where the bulb is exposed, a CFL bulb is not an option that I recommend.


Types of light bulbs customized Divine Ice long foyer crystal ceiling light

Types of light bulbs customized Divine Ice long foyer crystal ceiling light

Last of all, are the LED replacement bulbs.  LED bulbs are the most energy efficient but also cost the most. What exactly is an LED replacement bulb?  Is a watt the same as a lumen?  What is a kelvin (k)?  Lastly, is there a difference between a daylight bulb, soft white and a bright light bulb?  An LED replacement light bulb hack is to select an LED bulb that is soft or warm white between 2700-3000k.  Our post The Advantages of Crystal Chandelier LED Bulbs will answer all your questions.


Choosing the right light bulb with a compatible socket or base for your chandelier is the key element. For example, most of our modern crystal chandeliers have a GU10 base or socket.  Therefore, an LED GU10 is the retrofit energy-saving alternative for our halogen light fixtures.

On the other hand, candelabra or medium base (Edison base) LED bulbs adapt to most of our traditional style crystal chandeliers and ceiling lights. Knowing how to select crystal chandelier LED bulbs for your fixture is important.

The Last Word

To sum up, there are many light bulbs to choose from.  Our crystal chandelier light bulb series will help you in your light bulb decision making.

View our  blog on How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier.

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