|Review: Miroland retro filament light bulbs
Models: G19 & G80
Reviewed by: Seán Byrne
Provided by: GearBest
Power rating: 40W 220-240V (both bulbs)
GearBest has kindly sent us two different retro style incandescent light bulbs for review, the Miroland models G19, and G80, both rated at 40 watts.
LED lightbulb technology has come on to the point where they give off light quality very close to the humble incandescent lightbulb, but even with all the recent advancements in technology including clear LED filament light bulbs, they are still no match for the rich golden ambiance and the old fashioned style filaments, when unlit, such as the original light bulbs invented by Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison.
These retro light bulbs are designed to mimic the appearance of light bulbs that were available in the early 1900’s which had long carbon or ductile tungsten filaments, and handmade glass bulbs. The GLS shape bulb includes what appears to mimic a sealed vacuum tube at the top and the glass is tinted brown, probably to give the appearance of antique glass or to deepen the warm orange glow when lit. The spherical shaped bulb is not tinted.
Both have thickened glass to protect against shattering during transport and when handled which also probably puts them in the class of a rough service lamp to escape the incandescent light bulb ban in some regions. Each bulb has a golden brass base Edison Screw connector designed to fit an E27 lamp fitting.
GearBest is an online electronics seller offering an extensive range of gadgets, consumer electronics, fashion and consumables. They are based in China and have warehouses in the USA, Europe, Russia Border, China and Hong Kong, and their full product catalogue includes free worldwide delivery. Their aftersales support include a 45 day no-questions-asked money back guarantee, customer support tickets, live chat and 24-hour telephone helplines, which gives them a competitive advantage over many Chinese sellers.
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Each bulb has an E27 Edison Screw base with the imprint “220-240V 40W”. No specifications were included either inside or on their packaging.
The following are the specifications from the Gearbest website:
- Brand: Miroland
- Type: Decorative Lighting
- Decorative Style: Nordic Style, LOFT, Natural American Country Classicism, Continental Neoclassicism
- For: Bar, Cafe, Home, Hotel, Office, Saloon
- Material: Brass, Glass
- Features: Creative, Retro
- Power: 40W
- Voltage: 220V
- Package Quantity: 1
- Package Contents: 1 x Edison Bulb
Product size (L x W x H) :
- G19: 6.0 x 6.0 x 9.5 cm / 2.36 x 2.36 x 3.74 inches
- G80: 8.0 x 8.0 x 12.0 cm / 3.15 x 3.15 x 4.72 inches
The G19 light bulb arrived in a plain brown cardboard box and the G80 light bulb had diagrams of two filament styles without any writing as shown below:
Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at our testing methods….