If you're thinking about upgrading the lights in your living room chandelier to LEDs, but you're hesitant to say goodbye to the classic aesthetic of your incandescents, then EcoSmart might have a solution for you. It's a "vintage-style" candelabra LED that arranges its light-emitting diodes into a set of fake filaments. New-age efficiency, old-school looks.
Each bulb will cost you $10, which isn't cheap, considering that you'll likely need to buy a bunch of them. In fact, none of the dimmable candelabra LEDs we tested jumped out at us as exceptional values. The closest was another bulb from EcoSmart that doesn't disguise itself as an incandescent, but costs just $7 each.
Still, give EcoSmart's vintage-style bulb some credit. With 482 lumens to its name, it's the brightest 40W equivalent candelabra LED that we tested, and more than twice as bright as the other vintage-style candelabra bulb in the lighting aisle, from Feit. It's also the most efficient bulb we looked at, putting out more than 100 lumens per watt. It didn't dim as well as some of the other bulbs in our roundup, and bulbs like that other EcoSmart model offer better value, but it's still worth consideration -- especially if you're a fan of that incandescent-like design.
I trekked from Home Depot and Lowe's to Walmart and Target scooping up every 40W equivalent I could find for this roundup. Of them, two were "vintage-style" bulbs with fake LED filaments: this EcoSmart LED, and a bulb from Feit.
Of the two of them, the Feit LED looks nicer. It uses a flame-shaped glass bulb that looks less like an oversized holiday light than the EcoSmart LED, and also features a slight sepia tint that helps bring the color temperature way down into the orange end of the spectrum in admittedly artificial fashion.