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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.

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Multiple designs

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.

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Light pipe

Here's a closer look at that light pipe. It's really just a textured, semitranslucent tube.

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Patterned light

Here's how the bulb looks from above -- you can see the light scattering out in all directions.

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On the wall

Here's how that light looks on the wall. You really only get that patterned effect directly above the bulb.

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The Buster Bulb comes in both dimmable and nondimmable varieties -- but the dimmable bulbs cost an extra $15.

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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.

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Different specs

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.

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Nice, but pricey

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.

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