- READER REVIEWS
Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm
Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
During World War II, lightbulb peddler Abraham Brooks replaced missing lights in the Empire State Building one by one. After the war, he started a wholesale lightbulb business, and, in 1980, this novel retail outlet opened. Now run by Brooks’s grandson, David, Just Bulbs carries a dazzling selection of variations on Edison’s creation, from everyday Westinghouse soft whites to hard-to-find rangehood bulbs to illuminated tubing in different colors. Novelty lights are strung across the ceiling and a display of bulbs attached to switches enables customers to see what various bulbs look like lit up. There’s an extensive assortment of energy-efficient bulbs, including tinted and dimmer varieties, as well as full-spectrum natural lighting that helps ease the winter blues, Chromalux bulbs from Finland that reduce eyestrain (by filtering out yellows), and Bulbrite color-changing lights. Party options run from black lights to seasonal lights (Christmas, Halloween) to novelty strings sporting a wide range of designs such as palm trees, jalapeños, and boxer shorts. Just Bulbs has provided lighting for Broadway shows, MoMA installations, and the Gracie Mansion.
- Your Zits Are Actually Keeping You Young
- Rihanna’s Paris Fashion Week Show Involved a Lot More Purple Satin Than Anyone Was Expecting
- Looks Like Kate Middleton Is Enjoying the View in Canada
- College Student Printed Out Her Roommate’s Subtweets and Posted Them in the Dorm in Today’s Best College Drama