Vintage Lighting: Which LED Edison Bulb Will Fit My Light Fixture?

Light bulbs are differentiated by their physical shape, size, and their bulb socket type or base. Just like it says in the name, LED Edison bulbs have Edison bases. Each bulb type has a respective bulb socket type, primarily candelabra (E12) or medium (standard E26). This makes them an easy “plug and play” alternative to incandescent bulbs.

Can I Use My Existing Fixtures with LED Edison Bulbs?

A light bulb’s size is determined by the maximum overall diameter (MOD) of the bulb’s shell. This measurement is represented as an eighth of an inch. For example, an A19 LED bulb has an overall diameter of 19/8ths or 2.375 inches. The maximum overall length (MOL) is determined by measuring the length from the lamp base to the top of the bulb.

Always be sure to check the MOD and MOL of your light bulb to make sure it will fit in your existing fixture. It’s also important to check what type of lamp base you will need to screw into your current fixture. For example, all A19 bulbs have a standard (E26) medium base.

Each light bulb offers a different shape and style that helps determine which light fixture you will need.

The most common Edison bulb types and bulb socket types are as follows:

Bulb Type

Bulb Type

Base Type

Where to Use

A15

E26

  • A15 bulbs work with many enclosed household fixtures, such as desk or table lamps. 
  • A15 bulbs have a smaller diameter than A19 bulbs.

A19

E26

  • A19 LED bulbs are standard replacements for incandescent bulbs
  • Many hotel owners are switching to A19 Edison bulbs to decrease theft from guests because they resemble incandescent bulbs.

B10

E12

  • B10 bulbs are ideal for light fixtures with a small candelabra E12 base.
  • B10 Bulbs can be used in chandeliers, pendant lights, and a variety of vintage wall sconces.

B11

E12

  • B11 Bulbs imitate the look of a candle and come in a variety of warm antique finishes.
  • The torpedo-shaped bulb design is a perfect addition to your chandelier, wall mount, or outdoor light fixtures.

BT15

E26

  • BT bulbs stand for bulge or “blown” tubular, which is a term used to describe the shape of the light bulb.
  • The higher the number after the prefix (BT), the larger the bulb is. They feature a standard medium E26 base and can be used in a variety of decorative light fixtures.
  • These bulbs come in a variety of sizes and are commonly used in pendants, downlights, and various decorative ceiling fixtures.

BT56

E26

BT38

E26

C11

E12

  • C11 bulbs are in the candelabra family and are commonly used for pendant lights and chandeliers.
  • They come in both small and medium Edison bases, so make sure to check your fixtures before purchasing.

C11

E26

CA11

E12

E26

  • CA11 LED filament bulbs feature a flame-tip shape that makes them great for decorative light fixtures, such as chandeliers.

CA11

E26

G16.5

E12

  • Commonly used for globe lighting.
  • Used in a variety of decorative fixtures, including chandeliers, pendant light, and flush mount fixtures.  
  • From flush mounted lights to hanging pendants and outdoor post lights, globe lights are the perfect addition to your space. 
  • Can be used in standard E36 light fixtures or fixtures with E12 sockets.
  • Depending on the size of your fixture, Type G bulbs come in a variety of sizes ranging from small G16.5 globe lights, perfect for outdoor pendant lighting, to large G40 bulbs, which are great for wall sconces.

G25

E26

G30

E26

G40

E26

PS52

E26

  • PS52 light bulbs are longer bulbs that are ideal for various indoor and outdoor light fixtures.
  • PS stands for “pear straight,” since the bulb’s tube resembles a pear shape.

ST18

E26

  • ST, or “straight tubular” bulbs are elongated tubed bulbs shaped with a straight edge and a tubular end.
  • Commonly used in various wall mounted, post mounted, or ceiling mounted fixtures with a medium
    (E26) base.

ST19

E26

T10

E26

  • Tubular- are tubular shaped lamp with a rounded tip.
  • T bulbs are used in a variety of different “mid-century modern” fixtures.
  • Tubular Edison bulbs come in a variety of lengths.
  • Versatile alternative to traditional antique incandescent bulbs.
  • Features a stand “screw-in” that easily twists into any fixture equipped with a candelabra or standard base.

T24

E26

T6

E12

T9

E26

Recommended Reading

When replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lights, you need to know how many lumens you need. A LED light can produce the same amount of lumens as an incandescent bulb but for a fraction of the energy.

Combine vintage designs with modern technology when you switch to LED Edison bulbs! Edison lights give you higher energy efficiency than traditional bulbs and provide a longer lasting glow.

LED filament bulbs produce warm color temperatures between 1800K-3000K which provides ambient lighting. Edison bulbs add style as well as function to your space and offer a variety of color finishes.

Shakir Williams
Shakir Williams

A true creative with a penchant for the spiritual and natural order. She loves the Earth, almost as much as she loves writing about it.

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