The bulb you use in your Moroccan style lamp makes a big difference in achieving the right look. What's the right look? Moroccan lamps are the perfect light fixtures when you want light that is warm and calming and feels like home. Whereas in industrial style fixtures, the bulb plays a prominent role in the fixture and is typically unconcealed, most Moroccan style fixtures conceal the bulb behind lattice, pinholes or colored glass.
But just because your Moroccan lamp will create a warm ambiance does not mean that you cannot simultaneously have light that is bright and functional. It is all in the bulb. The goal should be to use a bulb that gives you the brightness (lumens) you need but also bring out the warmth and gorgeous shadows that Moroccan lamp excel at providing.
- Bulb glass. The glass of the bulb globe will have a major impact on the look of your Moroccan lamp, particularly in the case of Moroccan lamps with the pin-holed metal. Bulbs with clear globes give off beams of light that are filtered through the pinholes and sharpen the look of the lamp and cast sharp shadows. On the other hand, frosted bulbs give off a glow (rather than a beam of light). This muted light makes your Moroccan light lose a lot of its sharpness and practically eliminate any shadow patterns because the light coming out of the pinholes becomes too defused to cast a sharp shadow. So, to make your Moroccan lamp look amazing and to get gorgeous shadows decorating your walls and ceilings, use a bulb with a clear (not frosted) glass.
- Color temperature. This next important element to get your Moroccan lamp looking as beautiful as it can is the color temperature or warmth of the light. Moroccan lamps are intended to warm and "cozify" a space, A harsh white light is just not compatible with the warmth and organic earthiness of your Moroccan style fixture. So use a bulb that is "soft white" or "warm white" (2700-3000 K) with your Moroccan lamp - not "daylight" or "bright white" bulbs. It will bathe your room with a warmth and softness that will be perfectly compatible with your Moroccan lamp.
- Brightness. A common misconception is that a warm bulb means a bulb that does not brightly illuminate a room. The warmth of the light (measured in Kelvin or K, for short) that a bulb provides is different from the brightness of the bulb (measured in lumens). You can use a bulb that brightly lights up a room without making it look like an interrogation room. As a general guide, a bulb that is listed as 450 lumens will be as bright as a 40 watt incandescent bulb, 800 lumens will be as bright as a 60 watt bulb and 1100 lumens will be as bright as 75 watt bulb. You can use an 1100 lumen (or higher) bright bulb with your Moroccan lamp, so long as the color temperature of the bulb is on the warm side. So you definitely don't have to sacrifice brightness for warmth. If you use a warm bulb, even if it is bright, you will get the softness that makes Moroccan lamps so gorgeous.
- Bulb filaments. One of the most captivating aspect about Moroccan style lighting are the shadows they create. Bulbs with multiple filaments cast light from several angles. When the light hits the apertures in your Moroccan lamp at several angles, the shadows created are not as crisp. Most halogen bulbs have a singular light source and therefore, create absolutely beautiful shadows. But given the pervasiveness and environmental benefits of using LEDs, we recommend looking for LEDs that have as few filaments as possible.
Some bulbs we recommend:
- For a very warm but soft light, try LED Victorian Bulb by Green Creative. 600 lumens (40 watt incandescent equivalent)/2000 K. Available at 1000bulbs.com.https://bit.ly/2Nwj2A2.
- For a warm but bright bulb, try Silver Mirrored Bowl bulb by Bulbrite. 1,540 lumens (100 watt equivalent)/2700K. Available at 1000bulb.com. https://bit.ly/1MmOUkm.
- For a warm but bright bulb, try T10 LED 1,200 lumens (80 watt equivalent)/2700K. Available at Amazon.com. https://amzn.to/2JwMAZ0.