Looking for an artsy lighting upgrade? London-based design studio Buster & Punch thinks its extravagant LED Buster Bulbs are the answer. After launching in the UK in 2015, the bulbes are finally available in the US too -- but with prices starting at $50 per bulb, they certainly won't come cheap.
The Buster Bulb comes in three different tints: gold, smoke, and crystal. Each one features a resin "light pipe" running down the center that refracts the light from the diodes out into your home for a striking, modern spin on the old-school incandescent light bulb.
Here's a closer look at that light pipe. It's really just a textured, semitranslucent tube.
Here's how the bulb looks from above -- you can see the light scattering out in all directions.
Here's how that light looks on the wall. You really only get that patterned effect directly above the bulb.
The Buster Bulb comes in both dimmable and nondimmable varieties -- but the dimmable bulbs cost an extra $15.
Buster & Punch recommends using the dimmable Buster Bulb with modern Lutron dimmer switches designed for use with LEDs. Use one with an older rotary dial designed for incandescents like I did here, and you might see a little bit of flicker at medium settings.
The different-tinted bulbs also come with slightly different specs. The crystal-colored bulbs go as high as 320 lumens bright, for instance, while the gold- and smoke-colored bulbs here don't get any brighter than 160 lumens.
With nondimmable bulbs selling for $50 each and dimmable versions selling for $65, the Buster Bulbs are some of the most expensive LEDs we've ever tested. Want to know if they're worth it? Check out our full review.