Meet Flo: The Eco Friendly Lamp With Mood Lighting

How much light do you really need for a given task? And how do you know you’re not using more? A new, eco-friendly LED desk lamp design from Micheal Angelini allows users to “mix” high-intensity bright light with warmer, less electricity-intensive light the way we would mix the water in the shower. Hence the name: Flo, the Eco-friendly Light (which comes to us by way of I Green Spot).

The Flo lamp makes use of recycled metal for a modern, angular look, and energy-efficient LEDs. Many designers would have stopped there, and called it eco-good. But Angelini takes it one step further, by using three different intensities of lights–the Warm White LED (with a kelvin color temperature between 2000 and 4000), the Natural White LED (4000-5000), and the Cool White LED (5500-10000)–allowing users to mix these lighting options to the perfect intensity for the task at hand, cutting down on wasted watts.


image via Michael Angelini

While this may seem like not much more than a glorified dimmer switch, the Flo lamp design actually exhibits some real innovation–not only in energy-efficiency, but in reducing eye-strain. After all, what we need sometimes is not just less light, but a different kind of light, in order to give our eyes a break and stay focused on our work. And since LED lamps already require quite a few of these tiny-but-mighty bulbs to produce the desired effect, why not change it up and offer some further eco-options?

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Cgu4

      You’re not even close with that “kilowatts” unit used in the article above.

      • Pete Danko

        Good point, Cgu4. We apparently misinterpreted Kelvin color temperatures for kilowatts. Doh! Will make the fix. Thanks.