Is This A Better Looking Green Light Bulb?

Want a low-energy light bulb, but find compact fluorescents less than aesthetically pleasing? Enter this year’s winner of the Brit Insurance Design of the Year contest, the Plumen 001 energy-efficient light bulb from British designer Samuel Wilkinson and product design company Hulger.

The Plumen puts an imaginative twist on energy efficient lighting with two sculpted tubes, leading Brit Insurance to gush about its beautiful silhouette and organic form. The Plumen was chosen as the overall winner from the seven category winners as the Brit Insurance Design of the Year, beating out over 90 entries in total.

Plumen 001

image via Brit Insurance

This bulb was designed to address the generally agreed-upon lack of aesthetic appeal among modern, efficient bulbs. The Plumen uses 80% less energy than a conventional incandescent and lasts eight times longer–comparable to a fluorescent light bulb, but a whole lot nicer to look at.

Jury member Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum commented, in a statement, “[The Plumen 001 is] a worthy winner that is both beautiful and smart. It does away with the superfluous to achieve maximum economy of means.” He goes on to note that this bulb goes a long way to make up for the loss of the Edison original, in terms of design appeal.

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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.

    • randem1

      It’s still old technology. Hopefully CFLs will be phased out and LED or ESL bulbs will gain market share.

    • Mark Mayfield

      Butt ugly, and I’ll bet it won’t fit in my light fixtures, just like the CFL bulbs.u00a0 Banned the CFL bulbs to the garage, and front porch (light is too harsh for my eyes).u00a0 But, can’t fit a CFL into my back porch jar fixture…using the “equivalent” size light bulb.u00a0 Waiting for LEDs to come up in wattage equivalencies.u00a0 Minimum 100W interior and at least 200W outdoor on A1 bulbs.u00a0 Sorry, my night vision isn’t as good as it used to be.u00a0 Our view on the Ban the Ban the Bulb is more of the government overreaching itself than efficiency.u00a0 We love to save money, but not at the cost of our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.u00a0 This is a Representative Republic, not a Democracy.

    • Mark Mayfield

      Butt ugly, and I’ll bet it won’t fit in my light fixtures, just like the CFL bulbs.u00a0 Banned the CFL bulbs to the garage, and front porch (light is too harsh for my eyes).u00a0 But, can’t fit a CFL into my back porch jar fixture…using the “equivalent” size light bulb.u00a0 Waiting for LEDs to come up in wattage equivalencies.u00a0 Minimum 100W interior and at least 200W outdoor on A1 bulbs.u00a0 Sorry, my night vision isn’t as good as it used to be.u00a0 Our view on the Ban the Ban the Bulb is more of the government overreaching itself than efficiency.u00a0 We love to save money, but not at the cost of our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.u00a0 This is a Representative Republic, not a Democracy.