The house I moved into has a bedroom fan, the sort with 3 glass tulip sconces sticking out at 45-angles. I really dislike that feature; also, I've replaced the original bulbs with CFLs, meaning that the tulips wouldn't cover the bulbs anyway.
By Nica from Big Bend, WV
I have the same exact fan style in my bedroom, in a fakey wood grain, very dated! I took off the tulip shades and put globe style frosted bulbs, like you might see in a bathroom. It isn't great, but it is better than those tulips!
I use incandescent in the bedroom because I have a dimmer switch (so I can read at night). I have been using up my globe lights from my bathroom, which now has CFL globes. As I'm not in my bedroom all that much and have a lot of natural light, they are only on for a couple of hours a day.
Good luck and be sure to post what you come up with. I think those were standard issue for a lot of the homes built in the early 80's.
You can't close the CFL off, states that on the package but you can buy the small sized ones that do fit with any glass replacement cover. I have this in my living room, dining room, den. Buy the daylight CFL bulbs, they are tiny yet fit in the same bulb.
Phillips makes a CFL lightbulb that is enclosed to look like an incandescent bulb. I buy them at Wal-Mart.
There are many different styles of shades available at Lowes, Home Depot etc. Maybe you can find the right one to replace your tulip bulbs.
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