Specialty Light Bulbs
Decorative and specialty bulbs go to show that light bulbs can be much more than strictly functional. They can actually enhance a fixture's design with distinctive colors, shapes and, in the case of classic Edison light bulbs, the shape and glow of the internal filaments. They can even add drama to a fixture with special lighting effects (color changing, flickering). While often incandescent, decorative and specialty bulbs are also available in a growing variety of energy efficient options, including CFLs and LEDs.
Where Unique Light Bulbs Work Best
You can use decorative light bulbs with pretty much any lighting fixture, be it a chandelier, wall light or table lamp. However, they're best in fixtures that can really show them off, namely those with open and/or clear glass shades like the selection of available glass pendant lighting.
Other Great Options
With open metal shades, clear glass and industrial forms, many restoration lighting meets the criteria needed for showing decorative bulbs off to the greatest advantage. Such reproduction fixtures benefit especially from the use of classic Edison bulbs, which add another level of historic authenticity.